Arctic Birds Visit Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Winter finally arrived in Jamaica Bay this week as temperatures plummeted into the teens. These conditions felt more like home to some of the birds recently seen at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. A snowy owl was seen last week perched on an osprey platform and a flock of snow geese has been spending winter in the marshes. Other regular winter birds include brant geese, hooded mergansers, bufflehead ducks, horned grebes and Arctic scaup to name a few.
To learn more about winter birds and how they survive the bitter cold conditions join naturalist Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society on a walk on Sunday, February 17th, at 10 a.m. at the refuge visitor center.
The program is co-sponsored by Gateway NRA and NYC Audubon, is free and open to the public.
For reservations call the Littoral Society at 917- 371-8577; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photos by Don Riepe.)