By Miriam Rosenberg
A girl reads a display about the various birds, such as the piping plover and the American Oystercatcher, that live in the protected habitat on Rockaway Beach. The area is fenced off from March to September. Last Saturday, youngsters and adults spent an afternoon of discovery and fun at the First Annual Plover Day held on the beach at Beach 58 Street.
The Urban Park Rangers from the Department of City Parks and Recreation hosted the day in an attempt to explain to local residents why parts of the beach has been blocked off, as well as teach them about the wildlife that lives in the area.
Jessica Kratz, of the GreenApple Corps, explains about shells from beach creatures that had been found on Rockaway Beach. Also pictured is Sgt. Bonnie McGuire of the Urban Park Rangers. The piping plover is currently on the endangered species list; because of this federal law protects the site.
“It is the only spot on the East coast where the plover nests and hatch their eggs,” said Officer Bodden of the City of New York Urban Park Rangers about the fenced off habitat between Beach 38th and 58th Streets. “Without this spot, they will become extinct.”
Volunteer Donald Davis points out an American Oystercatcher to the young people who accompanied him on the first wildlife tour of the afternoon. Using Davis’ telescope, everyone had a chance to get close-up views of the different birds sighted during the tour. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Children enjoyed face painting, seashell crafts and everyone was invited on guided wildlife walks within the protected area.
|Children take part in decorating various types of seashells.