Littoral Society, Ecowatchers, NPS And Nature Enthusiasts Cruise Jamaica Bay By Brian Magoolaghan
Marlen Waaijer lowers a Secchi Disk over the side of the Dorothy B. The black and white disc is lowered into the water, and helps measure water clarity.
Nature-lovers and others had the chance to see Jamaica Bay from the water, for a change, when the American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, and Gateway National Recreation Area hosted a late-day cruise, last Sunday.
Once underway, representatives from the groups, including Don Riepe, Dan Mundy, and Mickey Cohen shared information about the bay and its wildlife.
This was the first of two cruises celebrating National Estuaries Day, which was on Saturday, September 27. Passengers, for a fee of $35, were welcomed aboard the Dorothy B. VIII, a nearly 100-foot vessel.
Another tour will be held this Saturday, October 4. Space is available but limited. Call 718-318-9344 for more information. City Councilmember Joe Addabbo, Jr., and Lee Gorman talk as the Dorothy B. whisks past the Marine Parkway – Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge.
|Jerry Blackstone, a kayaker from the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, said a kayak tour is “meditative,” but that a cruse, like the one on Sunday, is better for learning about the surrounding habitat.||Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe speaks over the ship’s PA system from the captain’s bridge. Riepe and others shared information about Jamaica Bay with pas sengers.|
|Jeannie Jones, who said she had never seen Jamaica Bay by boat, uses her binoculars to view to get a closer look at a section of marshland.||Passengers watch as the Jamaica Bay Subway Bridge swings open so the Dorothy B. can continue east. The tour visited Bayswater, JFK Airport, and crossed into Nassau County waters for a short time.|