2009-08-21 / Community

Birdwatchers Come Out For Shorebird Migration

Hundreds of sandpipers land on an old dock in Jamaica Bay, where they'll rest during high tide. During July-September, thousands of these small shorebirds will stop at the refuge on their long southward journey to wintering areas in Central and South America. Hundreds of sandpipers land on an old dock in Jamaica Bay, where they'll rest during high tide. During July-September, thousands of these small shorebirds will stop at the refuge on their long southward journey to wintering areas in Central and South America. Last week, a total of 120 people showed up at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel to watch the hundreds of migrating shore birds visiting the ponds and mudflats.

Even though it's still summer to us, many species of shorebirds are already heading south to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

In the morning the group went to the East Pond to view dowitchers, yellowlegs, least sandpipers and many other species congregating on the refuge mudflats. In the afternoon the group was treated to several digital slide presentations given by bird experts Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe and Lloyd Spitalnik.

The day's events were jointly sponsored by the American Littoral Society, NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area.

A group of birdwatchers scan the mudflats for shorebirds during last week's festival at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. A group of birdwatchers scan the mudflats for shorebirds during last week's festival at the Jamaica Bay Refuge.

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