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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge in New York City managed by the National Park Service as part of Gateway National Recreation Area.It is composed of the open water and intertidal salt marshes of Jamaica Bay. It lies entirely within the boundaries of New York City, divided between the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. It is near John F. Kennedy International Airport, which was built upon a portion of the wetlands in Jamaica Bay. In April 1942, the City of New York started placing hydraulic fill over the marshy tidelands of the area. JFK International Airport is now the sixth busiest airport in the United States with 125 gates serving over 70 airlines which may pose some serious noise pollutant threats to the surrounding environment.The refuge provides habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna, both marine and terrestrial. It is a prime location for viewing birds and bird migrations, diamondback turtle egg-laying and horseshoe crab mating and egg laying. The primary diet of the Diamondback terrapins include fish, snails, worms, clams, crabs and marsh plants, many of which are abundant in these particular marshlands. Ospreys are currently being captured, tagged and studied in the Wildlife Refuge to help scientists better understand the birds' habits. Small mammals such as Eastern Gray Squirrels and raccoon are also present in the area. The recently increased raccoon population however has developed a taste for diamondback turtle eggs and many nests are often destroyed only 24 hours after being laid.
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  • A Must See for Birders - located on the main East Coast Flyway - an Audubon Hot Spot for Exotic Lifers. A respite with the NYC Skyline in the background. 
  • ...even in central N.Y.C. you can still manage to see the unique natural setting with the coast, the islands and rivers nearby, out on Jamaica bay it is all much closer. You will find the sandy beache...  read more »
  • This is part of a historic fly-over area for migratory birds (apparently, I know nothing about birds!) but it's a free park with a great walking path. They lend high quality binoculars at the visitor ...  read more »
  • A nice place to bird watch and be in nature of you can get too far out of the city. A good running trail as well, very serene.
  • Haven't explored the entire place yet because it's so huge. The trails are a bit overgrown meaning there's a danger of ticks. The highway next to the refuge is pretty noisy so you're better off heading deeper into the park. The ranger at the visitor center was easygoing and answered every question I had 👍
  • Lots of birds, flowers line the trail and everything smells like honeysuckle. Really nice views of the water.
  • Amazing wild life habitat in the middle of salt marches. It is a great place for meditation and serenity.
  • A great find in the middle of Queens. Lots of bird watching. A few trails. Very pleasant.
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