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8th Annual Shorebird Festival

The Marsh Restoration Initiative

Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

8th Annual Shorebird Festival

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The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is internationally renowned for its fall shorebird migration, when thousands of birds representing over 35 species regularly stop at the East and West Ponds during their southward flight. Peak numbers usually occur in August. Join the 8th Annual Festival to learn about shorebird biology, behavior, and how to identify these species out in the field.

The program is free and open to the general public on a reservation basis. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, and binoculars, and wear sensible shoes. For more information and reservations, please contact Don Riepe at (718)-474-0896 or

Have questions about 8th Annual Shorebird Festival? Contact The Marsh Restoration Initiative

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Visitors Center
Crossbay Blvd

Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The Marsh Restoration Initiative

In Fall 2011, the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers kicked off the planning sessions for the first-ever, community led, salt marsh restoration project in a national park. By Summer 2013, we were ready to plant 88,000 plugs of spartina alterniflora and distribute 200 pounds of locally harvested seed. As a result, over 33 acres of fragile tidal salt marsh islands were restored in Jamaica Bay. Over 500 volunteers harvested seed, ferried volunteers in their boats and then performed large-scale plantings on Ruler's Bar and Black Wall marsh islands, resulting in significant cost savings and hands-on engagement with this vital estuarine habitat. This is community pride and conservation at its best! We will continue to monitor and maintain the islands in the years to come, along with launching new habitat restoration projects throughout Jamaica Bay.

With funding provided by the NYS DEC, the American Littoral Society launched its first-ever Restoration Corps as part of the Marsh Restoration Initiative. Restoration Corps is an environmental leadership and green jobs training program for local high school students that teaches participants to enhance and restore the natural environment through shoreline and habitat restoration. 

The Marsh Restoration Initiative is made possible through support from our partners at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Gateway National Recreation Area, US Army Corps of Engineers and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

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