2012-07-13 / Community

ALS Celebrates 15 Years Of Cruising The Bay


One hundred and twenty people enjoyed the open expanse of water in Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine last weekend. One hundred and twenty people enjoyed the open expanse of water in Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine last weekend. About 120 people beat the heat this past weekend by joining the American Littoral Society and the Flatbush Food Coop aboard the Golden Sunshine boat for a three-hour history and ecology tour of Jamaica Bay.

“This is our 15th year conducting these popular cruises,” said Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian, “and we never get tired of educating people about the ecological importance of the bay while seeing many species of wildlife.“

Senior naturalist Mickey Cohen was also on board to share his knowledge of the bay’s unique history.

On this tour the guests were treated to a peregrine falcon flying above the Gil Hodges (Marine Park) Bridge, where it nests. The group also saw many ospreys, oystercatchers, laughing gulls, egrets, ibises and terns, as well as a red-tailed hawk.


Veteran naturalist and educator Mickey Cohen (center) was on board to share his extensive knowledge of the bay. Veteran naturalist and educator Mickey Cohen (center) was on board to share his extensive knowledge of the bay. Another sighting of a different sort was the huge A-380 (500+) passenger plane taking off at JFK Airport. The tour included some good food, wine and cheese arranged by Elizabeth Manclark and a lively Flamenco dance performance on the return trip back to Sheepshead Bay. It was a beautiful, breezy summer day to be out on a cruise boat in the bay. The next cruises are scheduled for September 9 and October 13. For more information call 718-318- 9344; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com



The group was treated to a Flamenco dance performance of “Sevillana” by Lisa Nazli and Klaus Jekeli accompanied by guitarists Bernard Schaller and Vito Genna. The group was treated to a Flamenco dance performance of “Sevillana” by Lisa Nazli and Klaus Jekeli accompanied by guitarists Bernard Schaller and Vito Genna.

Inset: Many great and snowy egrets plus a host of other bird species were seen in the marshes of Jamaica Bay. Inset: Many great and snowy egrets plus a host of other bird species were seen in the marshes of Jamaica Bay.

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