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  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

Final Entry: August 16, 2010

My time as a TRT at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge has ended. My final tour was with the Shorebird Festival. The festival was a perfect weather day. Mother Nature spun her wand and I was able to see and identify a variety of plovers, yellowlegs, sandpipers, terns, geese, ibis, egrets, swans, etc.

I can say that I was hanging out with the big birders and I would be telling the truth. Julia Clebsch (NPS), Don Riepe, John Rowden, Lloyd Spitalnik, and Kevin Karlson, all gave indoor presentations on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and on birding. Then it was time to go into the field to see the shorebirds. The field trip leaders were Andrew Baksh, Adrian Binns, Shane Blodgett, Tom Burke, Glen Davis, Doug Gochfeld, Kevin Karlson, Peter W. Post, Lloyd Spitalnik, and Scott Whittle and they were all knowledgeable in shorebirds and birding.

Since I am at the beginning stage of birding, I tried to stand by someone who would have patience with me when I asked a question. Yes, I did find a few birders who were willing to help me with my quest to become familiar with birds and to identify the birds in the surrounding area.

Did You Know?

The NC 4 in flight.

The first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. Today, it is the site of Gateway NRA's Jacob Riis Park.