12th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 8:30am-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

During the past 40 years, over 40 species of shorebirds (including rare and accidental vagrants) have been recorded at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East and West Ponds from mid-July through October, with the greatest diversity and abundance usually occurring in August. We invite you to attend our 12th annual celebration at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 26.

Suggested contribution: $20 per person.

For more information about the Shorebird Festival, contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 x306, the 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. .

Free bus transportation from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:30am. Contact the office at 212-691-7483 x306 to reserve a seat.

Program Schedule

Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google map) for registration and continental breakfast (coffee, donuts, juice, etc.)

Hike to the West Pond to view shorebirds during the incoming tide (Kevin Karlson, Lloyd Spitalnik, Sean Sime, Tom Burke, et al.)

Welcome from the National Park Service (Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian)

Family activity with a National Park Service Ranger

Overview of Jamaica Bay conservation issues and wildlife (Don Riepe)

NYC Audubon shorebird research (Dr. Susan Elbin, Debra Kriensky)

Lunch (bring lunch or drive to deli located in nearby Broad Channel)

Hikes to East and West Ponds at high tide or other sites to be selected (all leaders)

Family activity with a National Park Service Ranger

Shorebird photography (Lloyd Spitalnik)

Birding by impression (Kevin and Dale Karlson)

Discussion and wrap-up

*Family activities are intended for children and will run concurrently with principal festival events.

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