8th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Saturday, August 24, 8am-5pm

A partnership program among NYC Audubon, Gateway National Recreation Area,
and the American Littoral Society

[b]Shorebirds in Flight[/b][br] © Don RiepeShorebirds in Flight
© Don Riepe

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is internationally renowned for its fall shorebird migration, when thousands of birds representing over 35 species regularly stop at the East and West Ponds during their southward flight. Peak numbers usually occur in August. Join the 8th Annual Festival to learn about shorebird biology, behavior, and how to identify these species out in the field.

The program is free and open to the general public on a reservation basis. (A donation is requested to defray expenses.) Bring water, lunch, and binoculars, and wear sensible shoes. For more information and reservations, please contact Don Riepe at (718)-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

See below for members-only transportation to the Shorebird Festival from Manhattan.


Program Schedule

8am:
Coffee and Donuts

8:30-9:15am
Welcome presentations

9:15am-noon
Guided walk around East Pond: Shorebird identification

Noon-1pm
Lunch (Bring your own or buy locally, within 5 minutes' driving distance)

1-3pm
Guided walk around West Pond: Shorebirds, waders, early migrating warblers

3-4pm
Shorebird photography (Lloyd Spitalnik)
Shorebird research (NYC Audubon)

4-5pm
Shorebirds of North America (Kevin Karlson)


 MEMBERS-ONLY
Bus transportation is available from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:00am. Limited to 30. Free for contributing members at the Student/Senior level and up. Contact us at 212-691-7483 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a seat.
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