13th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 7:30am-4:30pm
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Join bird and nature enthusiasts for a festive day at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Over 40 species of shorebirds have been recorded at the Refuge's East and West Ponds, with the greatest diversity and abundance in August. Learn about biology, behavior, and how to identify and protect shorebirds. Activities include guided walks, arts & crafts, and expert talks on shorebird conservation, identification, and Jamaica Bay, plus a related exhibit: Project Prithvi, illuminating Sadhana's grassroots green initiative towards environmental justice and the transformation of religious offerings collected from monthly beach cleanups at Jamaica Bay. Bring your boots, binoculars (or borrow ours), and lots of curiosity! Free and open to the public.*

Registration for free van transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay for NYC Audubon members is currently filled. For more information on the festival, contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483, American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896, or Don Riepe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program Schedule

Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google map) for registration and continental breakfast

Morning Hike to the East Pond with experts to view and identify shorebirds

Ranger-led "Birding by the Bay" beginner bird walk at the West Pond

Welcome Remarks from the National Park Service with Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian

Overview of Jamaica Bay resource management projects and conservation issues with Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe

Shorebird Photography with Lloyd Spitalnik

NYC Audubon Shorebird Research with Dr. Susan Elbin and Kaitlyn Parkins

Lunch: bring a bag lunch or drive to a nearby deli

Afternoon Hike to West Pond with experts to view shorebirds and other fall migrants

Ranger-led, Mixed-media Family Art Activity: "Craft a Shorebird" and help gather a flock of our own!

Shorebird Identification Workshop with Kevin Karlson and Lloyd Spitalnik

Q&A and Discussion

*Donations appreciated to help offset costs. This event is a collaboration among NYC Audubon, Gateway National Recreation Area, and the American Littoral Society.

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