2008-08-29 / Community

Shorebird Festival At Jamaica Bay

Birders and photographers flocked to the East Pond of the refuge to see shorebirds during the annual festival.
The 3rd annual Shorebird Festival was held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel on August 24. The event was organized by the American Littoral Society in cooperation with Gateway National Recreational Area and New York City Audubon. Kevin Karlson, author of the latest "Shorebird Guide," Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and Lloyd Spitalnik, noted shorebird photographer were speakers at the event.

A total of 90 people from the tri-state area looked on as flocks of black-bellied plovers, yellowlegs and other shorebird species stopped to rest and feed at the East and West Ponds of the refuge during their migration southward to Central and South America.

"Next year, the event will be two days and include walks to observe other wildlife subjects such as butterflies and dragonflies which are also migrating south," said Don Riepe. For more information about upcoming walks and events in Jamaica Bay, call 718-318-9344 or visit www.alsnyc.org.

A beautiful and sleek Lesser Yellowlegs wades in the shallow water seeking marine critters to eat.
Bird expert Kevin Karlson points out some of the 15 shorebird species seen last Sunday at the refuge.

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