2012-08-03 / Community

Littoral Society Conducts Jamaica Bay Ecology Programs


Littoral Society intern Dylan Edmonds holds a large green crab found in the seine net. Littoral Society intern Dylan Edmonds holds a large green crab found in the seine net. Last week, the American Littoral Society gave ecology lessons to more than 100 summer camp students at Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay. The students learned how to seine and identify fish, crabs, birds and other coastal wildlife and spent some time cleaning up the shoreline as well. “We taught them that all things are connected and need to be considered when managing a resource such as the Jamaica Bay estuary,“ said Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian for the society. The students discovered that the bay is rich in a diversity of marine life. One favorite animal was the fiddler crab which lives and feeds in the intertidal zone. Other animals caught in the seine nets included striped killifish, mummichogs, green crabs, blueclaw crabs, Atlantic silversides, cunners, pipefish, and black-fingered mud crabs. A late-mating pair of horseshoe crabs was found as well. The students also observed many species of bird life including common and least terns, glossy ibis, great egrets, night herons and laughing gulls, to name a few. Earlier in the week, the society provided a bird identification walk for adults at the Jamaica Bay Refuge. Last Sunday, Don Riepe led a shorebird walk at the refuge at 3 p.m. For more information about Littoral Society events and programs call 718-318-9344; e-mail: donriepe @gmail.com



A male fiddler crab displaying its one oversized claw used for defense as well as attracting a mate A male fiddler crab displaying its one oversized claw used for defense as well as attracting a mate

Left, Lisa Scheppke (3rd from right with scope), a Littoral Society staff member, helped lead a bird identification walk for adults at the Jamaica Bay Widlife Refuge. Left, Lisa Scheppke (3rd from right with scope), a Littoral Society staff member, helped lead a bird identification walk for adults at the Jamaica Bay Widlife Refuge.

Top, Marta Tomaszewski of Rockaway Beach shows the students a little fiddler crab found at the marsh edge. Top, Marta Tomaszewski of Rockaway Beach shows the students a little fiddler crab found at the marsh edge.

Left, Littoral Society Assistant Director Elizabeth Manclark helps haul in the seine net at Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay. Left, Littoral Society Assistant Director Elizabeth Manclark helps haul in the seine net at Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay.

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