Dozens of birders from all over the tri-state area grabbed their binoculars and cameras and flocked to Jamaica Bay on Saturday for the 8th Annual Shorebird Festival, held at the federal wildlife refuge in Broad Channel, left.
The American Littoral Society partnered with NYC Audubon and Gateway National Recreation Area in organizing the special event which celebrates the annual fall migration of thousands of sandpipers, plovers, right, and other shorebird species as they stop to rest and feed at the refuge ponds.
Over 125 people came out to see those shorebirds as well as herons, ibises, terns and many other species found at the refuge, which is still recovering from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Birding experts Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe and Lloyd Spitalnik were on hand to give presentations on the behavior, biology and beauty of the birds. NYC Audubon Executive Director Glenn Phillips spoke about the future of Gateway and the new General Management Plan currently under review.