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Jamaica Bay ospreys take off


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Photo by Shalini Gopie

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Jamaica Bay has some new flight patterns.

Coley and Coley Two (C2), the ospreys that call Jamaica Bay home, just added some new chicks to their nests about a month ago.

While Coley, whose nest can be seen from Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, had three chicks for two years in a row now, C2, whose nest is on the Yellowbar Marsh, has had some trouble. Last year she did not make her nest, which can weigh over 500 pounds, soft enough for the hatchlings, causing the eggs to crack before they were ready to hatch. This year she had two baby chicks that are doing well, according to Shalini Gopie, a representative from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

 Adult ospreys just back from the hunt. (Photo: National Parks Service/ Jamaica Bay Gateway)

While C2’s chicks are still too young to fly, Coley’s offspring just started to take flight about a week ago.

“They’ve gotten their freedom,” Gopie said.

Both Coley and C2 are part of a tracking project, where the wildlife refuge collects data on where the birds fly during their migrations, according to a 2012 New York Times article. During their southern migration, Coley has been tracked as far as Colombia and C2 has been tracked to Venezuela, according to Gopie.

The refuge has been low on funding for these tracking projects which can help keep the osprey population growing in the bay.  To find out more about the project or to follow the osprey, visit jamaicabayosprey.org.

 

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Volunteers help clean up Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge


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Photos courtesy of the National Park Service

The International Coastal Cleanup kicked off for its 28th year at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

“Since Sandy, there’s been a lot of debris washing up,” said Janise LaBoard, a park ranger. “It’s been a difficult situation trying to get all of that out.”

Dozens of volunteers from the area and various community groups came to clean up the park and coastline on Saturday, September 21.

The nearby North Channel Bridge is frequently the site for religious gatherings where attendees send things such as candles or fruit out into the water. LaBoard said people from those gatherings went to the cleanup and helped remove the items “in a respectful manner.”

Additionally, a group of Boy Scouts and a number of families joined one Jamaica Bay park ranger on the West Pond Trail where the group collected over 20 pounds of debris.

“It was a really wonderful thing to see,” LaBoard said. “It was great to have them and that energy here.”

“It’s really their park,” she added.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 84. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 73. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Outdoor Cinema Presents Our Nixon

Outdoor Cinema is an annual international film festival now in its 15th year. Outdoor Cinema 2013 will show eight films from around the world, all in their original language with English subtitles. Prior to the film there will be music, dance and food to enjoy. Our Nixon (U.S.A.): A documentary about Nixon’s presidency using never-before-seen footage shot by three of Nixon’s top aides with their home video cameras will be shown at Socrates Sculpture Park on Wednesday, July 3 at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Breezy Point homeowners sue over devastating loss during Sandy

Scores of Breezy Point homeowners have filed a major lawsuit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid. Read more: CBS New York

Crime decrease last year in 112th Precinct was actually an increase

It turns out crime was actually up — not down — last year in Forest Hills and Rego Park. Read more: New York Daily News

Emails appear to reveal officials knew of 911 system lost calls issue 

CBS 2 has obtained emails from Emergency Medical Services supervisors that address “lost calls” in the city’s 911 system, indicating officials knew of problems with the system early on. Read more: CBS New York

Hundreds more majestic Canada geese killed in name of airline safety in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

More than 260 geese were rounded up for slaughter at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Tuesday morning as part of an ongoing effort to reduce bird strikes at nearby JFK Airport. Read more: New York Daily News

New Yorkers’ new domain: ‘.nyc’ gets initial OK

New York City likes to think of itself as a domain like no other. Now it can boast as much on the web. Read more: NBC New York

U.S. to delay key health-reform provision to 2015

The Obama administration said on Tuesday it would not require employers to provide health insurance for their workers until 2015, delaying a key provision of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law by a year, to beyond the next election. Read more: Reuters 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: Spider-Man at Cambria/Cabbell Park

Come to Cambria/Cabbell Park in Jamaica for a free screening of Spider-Man (PG 13), starring Tobey Maguire as the superhero.

Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Remains in attic of suicide house were woman who was knifed to death: officials

A woman whose dead body was found in the home of a Queens man who killed himself was knifed to death, officials said Sunday. The rotting remains of the still-unidentified woman were found in the attic of tenant Devendra Autar, 32. Autar, a police officer’s brother who was found hanging from a pullup bar in his Richmond Hill home July 20, left behind a chilling suicide note. Read more: New York Daily News

Qns. leader’s kin among dead

The uncle of a Queens man was among those killed yesterday in the Sikh temple massacre. Mohan Khatra was worshipping at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill when he learned the news about his relative, Suvez Khatra, 77. “It’s very sad news for our family. It’s very sad news for our community” Khatra told The Post. Read more: New York Post

Police increase security at Sikh temples in NYC

The NYPD are increasing their patrols of Sikh temples around the city after the shooting in Wisconsin Sunday. In the Richmond Hill section of Queens, a officer was seen talking to the temples president. Although the shooting happened thousands of miles away, worshippers here are worried. Read more: Fox 5

Long-awaited barrier goes up along a dangerous stretch of road in Broad Channel 

The stretch of Cross Bay Blvd. that runs along the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is well-known for its scenic views but also its dangerous history. Wooden crosses pockmark the area where motorists and pedestrians were killed in accidents.Now, after years of haggling over funding, environmental concerns and logistics, the city is constructing a safety barrier to protect walkers, runners and bicyclists who use the popular pathway from traffic. Read more: New York Daily News

Silver consolation prize for Queens badminton club

There were bagels. There was badminton. And, in the end, there was bitter disappointment. At the CP Badminton Club in College Point, where groups of Malaysians often gather to play the game, about 25 enthusiasts gathered over breakfast early Sunday morning to watch the Olympic men’s singles final between Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and China’s Lin Dan, the world’s two best players and archrivals. Read more: New York Times