Wildlife abounds as work continues to regrow salt marshes
by Liz Rhoades, Managing Editor
The weather was perfect Sunday as about 150 people set sail for a three-hour tour, but this was no “Gilligan’s Island” rerun. Sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, the event allowed participants to enjoy the sights of Jamaica Bay.
Led by naturalists Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen, the narrated tour aboard the Golden Sunshine out of Sheepshead Bay delved into the water’s dwindling salt marsh grasses — 44 acres a year are lost — and the so-far successful but tedious attempts to regrow them.
Of course, birds were high on the agenda and those on board were able to see oystercatchers, gulls, terns, egrets, herons, osprey and peregrine falcons.
The 26-square-mile bay is home to 335 species of birds and 66 species of fish. Other cruises will be held this summer. For information, go to alsnyc.org and click on “field trips.”
The memorial for the 90 first responders from the Rockaways who died on 9/11.
A seagull isn’t disturbed by the tour boat.
A Jamaica bay marsh with JFK Airport in the background.
The railroad bridge moves to make way for the Golden Sunshine.
Don Riepe and bird watchers on the cruise.