Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

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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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  • I've stopped here a few times. It's never been busy when I stop by. There are a few different trails y ou can take to walk around the area. It was a little cold when I stopped by and the sun was setti...  more »
  • Jamaica Bay is one of the most important stops on the major east coast bird migration route. Birds stop here to rest and feed. The park is continuously monitored by the Audubon Society, who report int...  more »
  • Easy to get to by car on and off Belt Parkway. Informative stop with displays and video. Clean bathrooms - men's bathroom has changing table as well as garbage can close by said table! Outside picnic ...  more »
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  • Beautiful wildlife refuge! It’s hard to imagine in a place like NY, but this gem is an oasis nestled among the hustle and bustle of it all. We had an amazing morning of walking and birdwatching. Lots of great shorebirds (Dunlins, Black-bellied Plovers, Yellowlegs and more), but be sure to bring your scope. Some of the views are distant. Also, the location seems like it’d be better to view at night. The morning sun made for harsh viewing conditions. Hope to get back again soon!
  • Nice outing for nature buffs. Free admission, great for bird watching and photographers.
  • Rangers are very friendly and engaging. Nice oasis in NYC. The Junior Ranger program is good and well done. Kids get nice badge when done.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff. I appreciate their help and information.
  • Such a beauty in New York city. It's right next to JFK. It's great for birding if you cross the highway and take the trail and see the lake where hundreds of birds go. Parking is available and it's free. Great biking can be done alongside the highway. It's a cute hike if you don't wanna go far. I personally love it. The rangers are very friendly and would love to help you if you happen to habe any questions.

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