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17th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival

More than 200 people attended a picture perfect day last Saturday at the 17th Annual Shorebird Festival held yearly at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

 On hand were noted expert birders Doug Gochfeld, Tom Burke, Artie Morris, Lloyd Spitalnik and Don Riepe to help identify the many species currently passing through NYC at the East Pond. Highlights included sightings of Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits, Wilson’s Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, plus hundreds of Semipalmated sandpipers and other shorebirds. Many of these birds are on their way to South America for the winter.

The festival is sponsored by the American Littoral Society in partnership with NYC Audubon, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. Also on hand were groups from NYC Audubon Young Birders, the Plover Project, South Shore Audubon, and the Feminist Bird Club. 

“This was perhaps our best festival” said Don Riepe, the Jamaica Bay Guardian. “It was a beautiful day and there were good numbers of birds to enjoy and learn about. Join us at our next festival celebrating Pollinators and the Monarch Butterfly on Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the refuge.” For more info contact don@littoralsociety.org

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