2012-10-19 / Community

Littoral Society Enjoys Last Cruise Of Season


The opening of the Subway Island swing bridge is always an interesting event and everyone got to wave to the engineers above. The bridge allows large vessels transit along the South Channel and connects Broad Channel with Rockaway. The opening of the Subway Island swing bridge is always an interesting event and everyone got to wave to the engineers above. The bridge allows large vessels transit along the South Channel and connects Broad Channel with Rockaway. On Saturday, October 13, the American Littoral Society conducted their last sunset ecology cruise until next spring. A total of 140 people enjoyed a glorious, sunny, late afternoon aboard the “Golden Sunshine” out of Sheepshead Bay. Both Mickey Cohen and Don Riepe were on hand to narrate the tour and talk about the history, ecology, wildlife and management of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Highlights of the cruise included good views of the marshes, ospreys, egrets and other birds as well as a close look at a peregrine falcon (the fastest bird in the world), a takeoff of the A-380 giant jet plane as it zoomed over the boat at low altitude, the opening of the subway swing bridge, calm waters and a great sunset. To get on a list to learn about future cruises and other programs of the Littoral Society, call 718-318-9344; e-mail: donriepe@gmail.com; or visit the website: www.littoralsociety.org.



Dan Hendrick was aboard the boat to talk about his upcoming documentary film on Jamaica Bay. Hendrick also has written a book about the bay. Also aboard was Vivian Carter, the author of a recent book on Rockaway Beach. Both books were published by Arcadia Publishing Company. Dan Hendrick was aboard the boat to talk about his upcoming documentary film on Jamaica Bay. Hendrick also has written a book about the bay. Also aboard was Vivian Carter, the author of a recent book on Rockaway Beach. Both books were published by Arcadia Publishing Company.

As JFK Airport abuts JoCo Marsh and the South Channel, it’s an impressive sight to watch the large jets fly overhead. The A-380 double-deck airplane is the largest commercial aircraft flying today and can accommodate 525 people. As JFK Airport abuts JoCo Marsh and the South Channel, it’s an impressive sight to watch the large jets fly overhead. The A-380 double-deck airplane is the largest commercial aircraft flying today and can accommodate 525 people.

A beautiful peregrine falcon rests beneath the Veterans Memorial Crossbay Bridge. All aboard got great views of this “top gun” predator of pigeons and rats. Peregrines have been clocked at reaching speeds over 200 mph in a stoop (dive) to catch prey. A beautiful peregrine falcon rests beneath the Veterans Memorial Crossbay Bridge. All aboard got great views of this “top gun” predator of pigeons and rats. Peregrines have been clocked at reaching speeds over 200 mph in a stoop (dive) to catch prey.

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