NYC Audubon Festivals


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Saturday, August 17, 8:30am-5:30pm
With American Littoral Society, Gateway National Recreation Area, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Camp Rockaway, and Swarovski Optik

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 in August. Join us for the 14th annual celebration on Saturday, August 17.

Programming includes guided hikes to the East and West Ponds, lectures by shorebird experts, kids activities, and more. Walk leaders include Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik, Gabriel Willow, and Molly Adams. The festival meets at the National Park Service's Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Google Map here). The program is free; suggested donations of $20 per adult to NYC Audubon are encouraged to offset festival costs.

Limited free van transportation from Manhattan to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is available for NYC Audubon members at the Student/Senior level and up. Meet at 71 West 23rd Street at 7:30am. Contact NYC Audubon at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat. Limited van shuttle service will be available from the Broad Channel A Train Station to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center until 10:30am. Free connection to the NYC Ferry at Beach 108th Street (early morning and end of the festival only). For more information, 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. .


Shorebird Festival Schedule:

8-8:45am: Arrivals, Registration, Complimentary Coffee and Doughnuts

8:45am: Guided Shorebird Hike at the East Pond (high tide is 10:15am!)–location subject to water level

10am: “Birding for Beginners” Guided Walk

10:30am: National Park Service Welcome

11am: Jamaica Bay Habitat Concerns and Wildlife Management with Don Riepe

11am-1pm: Bird-Friendly Buildings Activity Table–learn to be an advocate for birds with Molly Adams

11am-2pm: Shorebird-inspired Arts and Crafts Table–make birds from paper and more!

11:45am: NYC Audubon Shorebird Research with Dr. Susan Elbin, Kaitlyn Parkins, Emilo Tobón

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch break: Bring Your Own

1:30pm: Guided Hikes around the West Pond

3:30pm: Shorebird Photography with Lloyd Spitalnik

4:15pm: Shorebird Identification Workshop with Kevin Karlson



Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located along Cross Bay Blvd in southern Queens approximately 2¼ miles south of Howard Beach and ¼ mile north of Broad Channel. Q52 and Q53 buses stop on Cross Bay Blvd at the Visitor Center parking entrance traffic signal. The flat 10-minute walk to the Visitor Center from the subway A train stop at Broad Channel is approximately ¾ mile; limited free shuttle service at program start and end.

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