Sunday, August 08, 2010

Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival

Mid-August is generally considered the peak of the southbound shorebird migration in New York. In celebration, next Saturday will be the 5th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for shorebirds during both the Spring and Fall migration. Finding rare species here has become a seemingly regular occurrence. A presentation on shorebird identification by author Kevin Karlson will cap off a great day of birding.

The event is sponsored by American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area and New York City Audubon Society. For more information or to register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or driepe [AT] nyc.rr.com.

Below is the day's agenda (note an earlier starting time than previously posted):

8:30am - Coffee and Donuts

9:00am - Don Riepe slide show presentation on history of the bay and problems we're facing.

9:30am - Lloyd Spitalnik slide show on "The Shorebirds of Jamaica Bay"

10am to 12:00pm - Guided walks to both the East and West Pond.

12:00pm - Break for lunch (bring your own, there are picnic tables. Both Howard Beach and Broad Channel have several places to purchase food and drink.)

12:45pm - Guided walk on the north end of the East Pond (bring rubber boots or the like.

4:00pm - Kevin Karlson will present Shorebirds by Impression: A Different Approach to Field ID, (60 minutes)

Agenda is subject to change
Suggested donation of $20.00 per person to cover our costs.

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