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 guardian  boatJamaica 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.

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Fri Sep 18 @ 3:00PM - 03:00PM
Sandy Hook BioBlitz
Sat Sep 19 @ 3:00PM - 03:00PM
Sandy Hook BioBlitz
Wed Sep 23 @ 6:00PM -
Fall Equinox Walk
Sat Sep 26 @ 4:00PM - 07:00PM
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
Sat Oct 03 @12:00AM - 12:00PM
Raptor Trust/Great Swamp Refuge
Sat Oct 10 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Fort Tilden Hawk Watch
Thu Oct 29 @ 6:30PM - 09:00PM
Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting
Fri Oct 30 @ 7:30PM -
Spooky Tales/Ghosts of Historic Fort Hancock
Sat Nov 07 @ 8:00AM -
Surf Fishing Clinic at Sandy Hook
Thu Nov 19 @12:00AM - 12:00PM
Assateague/Chincoteague Weekend