Jamaica Bay Raptorama 2018

Copyright Lloyd SpitalnikCopyright Lloyd Spitalnik

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10am-3pm

With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area

Visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to see and celebrate hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and other birds of prey. Learn about raptors, their behavior, biology, and migration, as well as where to find many species around the city. Activities include meeting live hawks and owls provided by a local rehabilitation center, indoor slide programs, family art activities, and a visit to the hawk watch platform nearby at Fort Tilden. Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours) and lots of curiosity! For more information and reservations, contact the American Littoral Society at 718-474-0896 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Free, suggested donation for adults


Schedule of Activities:


Complimentary Coffee and Doughnuts


National Park Service Welcome


Jamaica Bay Raptor Management Indoor Presentation with Don Riepe


Ranger-led "Bird Olympics" Outdoor Activity for Kids


Lunch: Bring Your Own (or visit a nearby deli or take-out)


Meet-and-greet Live Raptors with Rehabilitator Bobby Horvath


Ranger-led Raptor Arts and Crafts


Ranger and Naturalist-led Walk at the nearby Fort Tilden Hawk Watch (see other birds and pollinators too--travel there with us by van or follow on your own)


Fort Tilden Van Arrives Back at the Refuge


The Jamaica Bay Raptorama Festival is a collaboration among NYC Audubon, Gateway National Recreation Area, American Littoral Society—Jamaica Bay Guardian, and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Directions: 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. NYC Ferry will provide an additional shuttle for this event from its Rockaway ferry landing at Beach 108th Street to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 9:30am; NYC Ferry will collect passengers at 2pm and 3pm at Fort Tilden to return to the ferry dock.

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