Pollinator Party and Monarch Festival

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Sunday, September 30, 2018, 10am-4pm

With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area

Learn about the amazing journeys of butterflies such as the Monarch, along with many different species of moths, bees, and other pollinators at the first-ever Pollinator/Monarch Festival at Jamaica Bay. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a fun day of activities, including indoor presentations, children’s programs, walks around the refuge, and a trip to Fort Tilden, Queens, to see the Monarch Butterfly migration. Contact American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register. Free, suggested donation for adults

The Pollinator/Monarch Festival is a NYC Audubon partnership program with American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area.

Festival Schedule: 

9:45am - Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for registration and complimentary coffee and doughnuts

10:00am - Welcome remarks from the National Park Service - Rick Jenkins, Chief Ranger

10:15am - Pollinators of Jamaica Bay - Don Riepe, American Littoral Society

10:45am - Life History of the Monarch - John E. Potente, Ph.D., Torrey Botanical Society 
Monarch tagging and release - A visit to the pollinator garden and new marsh overlook at the refuge and hike around the refuge area to look for butterflies, day-flying moths, hummingbirds, and other pollinators - NPS, ALS and NYCA leaders

12:30pm - Lunch - bring a bag lunch! - or drive to a nearby deli

1:30pm - Drive/Van to Fort Tilden to observe the annual migration of the Monarch Butterly, hawks, and other birds

3:30pm - Return to the Visitor Center for Q&A and complimentary juice and cookies



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