A nature cruise in Jamaica Bay ... by JFK Airport   2008-06-17

 

This late afternoon nature cruise, sponsored by the American Littoral Society (http://www.alsnyc.org/) covered the waters from Sheepshead Bay (Brooklyn) to the eastern end of Jamaica Bay by the Nassau border.   These days there is a greater recognition for the need to preserve the marshes, wildlife and ecology of Jamaica Bay.   As you can see, JFK airport was built right by the marshes in southeastern Queens in the 1940's - and occasionally you hear about concerns about planes striking birds and vice versa.

 

 

 

A cormorant (a water bird) near the airport ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

A falcon nest (like the one on 5th Ave by Central Park) has been found on the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Bridge which connects Brooklyn to Rockaway.   We were told that these box like windows on the towers were originally intended to be for military surveillance purposes when the bridge was constructed in the 1940's.

 

 

 

 

Near the airport the A train crosses onto Broad Channel Island, then crosses Jamaica Bay to get to the Rockaway Peninsula.   Here's the drawbridge opening.

 

 

 

 

Bungalows by the A train ...

 

 

On Broad Channel Island the A train actually goes right through Gateway National Park before crossing Jamaica Bay...

 






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