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)

Sat Jul 11 @ 9:30AM -
Fossil Hunt
Fri Jul 17 @ 9:00AM - 01:30PM
Coastal Explorers
Thu Jul 23 @ 6:00PM -
Sunset Seining
Sat Jul 25 @ 7:00AM -
Annual Fluke Tagging Trip
Sat Jul 25 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Breeding and Migratory Birds of Summer
Thu Jul 30 @ 5:30PM -
Fossil Hunt
Fri Jul 31 @ 9:00AM - 01:30PM
Coastal Explorers
Mon Aug 03 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Coast Camp
Tue Aug 04 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Coast Camp
Wed Aug 05 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Coast Camp