Tri-State Area Flocks To The Shorebird Festival
More than 160 people attended last week’s 7th Annual Shorebird Festival at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and were treated to sightings of many species including a rare white pelican. Groups from Connecticut and New Jersey came to hear presentations by experts Lloyd Spitalnik and Kevin Karlson on shorebird behavior and biology as well as how to identify them in the field. “This was our best and biggest festival” said Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society who co-sponsored the event with Gateway NRA and NYC Audubon. “There were good numbers of migratory species at the East Pond including black-bellied plovers, short-billed dowitchers and greater yellowlegs.“ Each summer, the pond is lowered to create a mudflat to provide habitat for the thousands of shorebirds migrating along the Atlantic coast on their way to Central and South America for the winter. For information about upcoming field trips to the refuge call 718-318-9344 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.