The Jamaica Bay Guardian is the American Littoral Society's eyes and ears on the waters of Jamaica Bay. In the person of Don Riepe, the Guardian provides a voice for the Bay and the wildlife and people that live, work, and play in its waters, mudflats, beaches, and marshes. Established in 2002 with funding from a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation pollution penalty, the Jamaica Bay Guardian Program focuses on education, community engagement, advocacy and restoration.
Jamaica Bay is the jewel in the crown of New York City’s ecological resources with more than 13,000 acres of water, salt marsh, meadowland, beaches, dunes, and upland buffer woodlands. Despite being surrounded by commercial, industrial, and residential developments in Brooklyn and Queens, Jamaica Bay’s waters, upland salt marshes, and islands provide valuable habitat, migratory and breeding grounds for 330 bird species and 107 species of finfish, along with recreational opportunties for residents.
The tidal salt marshes of Jamaica Bay are disappearing at an alarming rate, some estimate as many as 40 acres per year. Until science isolates the cause or causes, stricter regulations and focused restoration and debris removal programs have been recommended by federal, state and local officials, environmental groups, and the public. The work of the Jamaica Bay Guardian supports and acts on these recommendations.
|Fri Mar 20 @ 5:00PM - |
Spring Equinox Walk
|Sat Mar 28 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
Early Spring Bird Walk!
|Fri Apr 17 @ 1:00PM - |
Old Dune Trail Walk
|Fri Apr 24 @ 2:00PM - |
Arbor Day Tree Walk
|Sun Apr 26 @11:00AM - 02:00PM|
Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup
|Sat May 02 @10:00AM - 01:00PM|
NYC Audubon Spring Migration Workshop
|Fri May 08 @ 8:30AM - |
Spring Migration Bird Walk
|Sat May 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM|
Sandy Hook Surf Fishing Clinic
|Fri May 15 @ 6:00PM - |
Horseshoe Crab Walk
|Sat May 23 @12:00PM - 02:00PM|
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Walk