TACKAPAUSHA MUSEUM AND PRESERVE
Washington Avenue, Seaford
77 acres


Directions:

Take the Long Island Expressway to exit #44 south (NY 135/Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway). Go south on the Seaford- Oyster Bay Expressway for 9.8 miles to exit #1E (Merrick Road/Amityville). Go east on Merrick Road for .6 mile. Turn left (north) onto Washington Avenue; go .1 mile. The museum is on the right (east) side of the road.


History:

1643 -- English settlers from Connecticut come to the area.

1658  --  Massapequa Indian Sachem Tackapausha gave the settlers of Oyster Bay a deed to the Marsapeague meadowlands (became Massapequa Park). The preserve here was named after Tackapausha, who agreed to the transfer of land to the early settlers.

(Cynthia Blair, Newsday Names of Long Island; http://www.newsday.com/features/custom/names)


Museum Facilities:

Admission fee.
Utilizing the plants and animals indigenous to Long Island, the exhibits interpret the principles and phenomena of the life sciences. The museum offers regular programs for both adults and children including live animal programs and video programs highlighting various natural history subjects.


Habitats:

The preserve is a 77-acre tract of glacial outwash plain that is maintained in its natural state as a wildlife sanctuary. Over 40 species of birds breed at the preserve in the spring, while seasonal migrants regularly make the preserve a rest stop in their journeys north and south.
marshy areas, little ponds


Trails:

This is a linear park with 5 miles of trails. It extends north from Merrick Road to Sunrise Highway and then to Jerusalem Avenue, between Washington Avenue/Park Avenue/Lakeview Avenue on the west and Seaford Avenue/Riverside Avenue on the east.

The 3.5 mile loop trail runs along each side of the brook. There is a link between these trails and the trails of Massapequa Preserve.

(Source: Geffen and Berglie, 1996: Chapter 10 and others)


PLANT LIST:

Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Chamaecyparis thyoides (Atlantic white cedar) - one of the very few remaining stands on Long Island
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus coccinea (scarlet oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Amelanchier canadensis (coastal shadbush)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Taxus sp. (yew)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)

Vines:
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Anemone quinquefolia (wood anemone)
Callitriche sp. (water starwort)
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's slipper)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Myosotis sp. (forget-me-not)
Polygonatum sp. (Solomon's seal)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass)

Ferns:
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)