Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day in Jamaica Bay - 4/26/2014

Celebrate Earth Day in Jamaica Bay
with the American Littoral Society, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers and the Broad Channel Civic Association!
 Saturday, April 26, 2014
Broad Channel, New York

Join us for ‘Earth Day in Jamaica Bay’, a fun day of educational and community service events in Broad Channel, Queens. Bring your children, friends and family to help make our community spaces greener and to help our salt marsh habitats thrive this year. We need you to make this day a success!

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Walk – 10 AM
Explore the natural wonders of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with an ecology walk led by Don Riepe, noted local naturalist and Northeast Chapter Director of the American Littoral Society. Participants will hike around the West and East Pond to look for spring migrating birds such as tree swallows, warblers and egrets while learning about the ecological importance of Jamaica Bay, a unique estuarine habitat that is home to 330 species of birds, 107 species of finfish and an estimated 70 butterfly species.
Sunset Cove & American Park Community Cleanup – 12 PM
Join us for a community cleanup of Sunset Cove and American Park. At 12:15 PM, we will give a short talk about the Marsh Restoration Initiative, a multi-year Jamaica Bay project co-led by the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, whose mission is to restore two badly degraded marsh islands, along with news about future habitat restoration initiatives that we hope to achieve with your help!
Win Two Tickets to see Jack Johnson!
All cleanup volunteers are eligible to win two free concert tickets to see world famous musician, Jack Johnson, perform at Jones Beach Theatre on Saturday, June 7th, 2014, courtesy of Skraptacular and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, (http://allatonce.org).
To be eligible, you must register in advance for the cleanup and check-in at our registration desk on the day of the event. The ticket winner will be announced on our Facebook page, so please “Like” us at https://www.facebook.com/alsnyc.

Schedule of Events:
10 AM – 12 Noon: Spring Migration Birdwalk at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Cross Bay Boulevard.
12 Noon: Check-in for Community Cleanup of Sunset Cove & American Park. All volunteers are required to sign volunteer waivers.
12:15 PM: Dan Mundy Sr. and Dan Mundy Jr. of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers and Elizabeth Stoehr of the American Littoral Society present a short talk about the Marsh Restoration Initiative.
12:30 PM – 3 PM: Cleanup begins. Bring gloves, water, insect repellant, sunscreen and wear appropriate shoes. Long pants recommended.

For questions, please email the American Littoral Society atNEChapter@littoralsociety.org or call the office at (718)474-0896.

About the American Littoral Society
The American Littoral Society is a coastal conservation non-profit founded in 1961 that is dedicated to the protection and preservation of marine life and habitat through community engagement, education, advocacy and habitat restoration. Located in Broad Channel, Queens, the Northeast Chapter was founded in 1982 by Director and naturalist Don Riepe.
About the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers
The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers are dedicated to the preservation, protection, enhancement and restoration of the fragile ecosystem of Jamaica Bay and serves as the advocacy organization for the environmental concerns of Jamaica Bay.
About Skraptacular
Founded by Michelle Del Guerico, Skraptacular is a grassroots, non-profit organization based at the northern tip of Manhattan, that inspires community and environmental awareness by teaching children how they can make the world a cleaner and greener place by transforming trash into art.

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