It has been a long winter but like many of you, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) is looking forward to the arrival of spring in less than two weeks. Spring will bring buds on trees, bulbs sprouting and birds to the bay!
Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways offer some of the best bird-watching in New York City. With over 300 species of birds recorded throughout the year, Jamaica Bay always offers visitors something new to see. This winter, we joined our friends at the American Littoral Society (ALS) Northeast Chapter to count winter waterfowl in Jamaica Bay. Just beyond the patches of ice, brant, bufflehead and mallard were a few of the bird species identified. This winter, a few snowy owls were also seen throughout Jamaica Bay and at Breezy Point.
To support birds in our bay, the JBRPC is partnering with ALS to replace, repair and erect new osprey nest platforms and barn owl boxes in 2018. This work kicked off in February. These nesting sites provide a safe place for these birds to raise their young and will be monitored through the end of the year.
Get to know our parks
Speaking of birds, one of the best places to get acquainted with our feathered friends is at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is made up of over 9,000 acres and includes two man-made ponds with adjacent walking trails that offer a great opportunity for bird-watching. The visitor center offers a wealth of information on wildlife in Jamaica Bay. The Refuge is accessible by car, bike, bus and even subway (a short walk from the Broad Channel station).
Last fall, the JBRPC, The Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service completed a three-year project to restore 14-acres of habitat in the Refuge. This work included the planting of more than 28,000 trees and shrubs in the north and south gardens. If you haven’t visited the Refuge, add it to your list. Besides birds, the park is home to diamondback terrapin that nest along the shoreline and in the fall, you can spot hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of monarch butterflies as they prepare to leave the bay and migrate south. For Visitor Center hours, visit: https://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/jamaica-bay-hours.htm.
We want to hear from you
The National Park Service (NPS) has released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the re-use of buildings and land at Fort Tilden East and Riis Landing in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. According to NPS, this RFEI seeks proposals from non-profit and for-profit organizations, individuals and other interested parties that will contribute to the Park's vision of creating a Great Urban National Park experience. For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/gate/request-for-expressions-of-interest-for-fort-tilden-and-riis-landing.htm. Proposals are due March 30 by 1 p.m.
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