2013-09-13 / Community

Shorebird Festival At Jamaica Bay Refuge


JB plovers and dowitchers crowd the waters of Jamaica Bay. Thousands of birds pass through on their annual migration. JB plovers and dowitchers crowd the waters of Jamaica Bay. Thousands of birds pass through on their annual migration. Birders from the tri-state area flocked to the 8th Annual Shorebird Festival held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel.

The American Littoral Society, a coastal environmental group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Jamaica Bay ecosystem, partnered with NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area in organizing the special event on Saturday, August 24th. It celebrates the annual fall migration of thousands of sandpipers, plovers and other shorebird species as they stop to rest and feed at the refuge ponds.

"Jamaica Bay is one of the best birding spots in the northeast" said Don Riepe, director of the society's northeast chapter. "Over 125 people came out on a beautiful Saturday to see the shorebirds as well as egrets, herons, ibis, terns and many other species found at the refuge," Riepe noted.


Shorebirds and swans provided breathtaking sights for birders at the 8th Annual Shorebird Festival held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. Shorebirds and swans provided breathtaking sights for birders at the 8th Annual Shorebird Festival held at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. Birding experts Kevin Karlson, Riepe and Lloyd Spitalnik were on hand to give presentations on the behavior, biology and beauty of the birds.

NYC Audubon director Glenn Phillips spoke about the future of the park and the new General Management Plan currently under review.

To learn more about the bay and its wildlife contact the Littoral Society at 718-474-0896; email: donriepe@gmail.com or go to their website: littoralsociety.org

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