Location: 1 Crossbay Blvd, Queens
Just a short distance from Manhattan, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens, NY features over 9,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat. Wildlife species of many kinds are to be found here and bird enthusiasts have a field day observing many of the 325 species of birds that have been recorded. Two main trails that run through the refuge -- the East Pond and West Pond trails -- provide visitors a glimpse into the natural world of birds, turtles, frogs and butterflies, among many species. Every year between June and September, the water level in the East Pond is lowered to provide an ideal resting and feeding spot for thousands of shorebirds making the long migration southward. The exposed mudflats of the pond provide an ideal opportunity to see these beautiful birds at close range.