2006-09-01 / Community

Littorial Society Hosts Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Refuge

The American Littoral Society in cooperation with NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area held its first annual "Shorebird Festival" on Sunday, August 27. Despite the rainy weather, 75 people showed up to view oystercatchers, dowitchers, sandpipers and an avocet at the East Pond. In the morning, Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian, gave a slide program on the history of the refuge at the newly opened Visitor Contact Station located on Crossbay Blvd. in Broad Channel. Afternoon activities included a beautiful power point program on shorebirds given by photography expert Kevin Karlson. Pictured, NYC Audubon and Littoral Society nature enthusiasts line up with telescopes to view the many species of shorebirds at the East Pond of the Jamaica Bay Refuge.

A beautiful oystercatcher wades in the shallow waters along the Rockaway shoreline. A beautiful oystercatcher wades in the shallow waters along the Rockaway shoreline. Thousands of dowitchers and other shorebird species visit Jamaica Bay on their long migration to Central and South America for the winter. This group was resting in the East Pond of the refuge. Thousands of dowitchers and other shorebird species visit Jamaica Bay on their long migration to Central and South America for the winter. This group was resting in the East Pond of the refuge.

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