13th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


Saturday, August 25, 2018, 7:30am-4:30pm
[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 13th annual celebration at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, August 25. Activities include guided shorebird walks, family programming, and talks from experts on shorebird conservation, shorebird identification, and Jamaica Bay.

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. . The program is free, but suggested donations of $20 for adults (children are free) to NYC Audubon are most welcome to offset the festival cost.

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


Program Schedule

7:30am
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google map) for registration and continental breakfast (coffee, donuts, juice, etc.)

8am
Hike to the East Pond with experts (Kevin Karlson, Lloyd Spitalnik, et al.) to view and identify shorebirds

10:30am
Welcome from the National Park Service (Gateway Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian)

10:45am
Overview of Jamaica Bay conservation issues and wildlife (Don Riepe)

11:15am
Shorebird Photography (Lloyd Spitalnik)

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

1pm 
Hike with experts to West Pond for shorebirds and other fall migants

3pm
Kevin Karlson presentation

4pm
Discussion and wrap-up
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