Sunday, July 24, 2011

City of Water Part 1-- Circle Line Audubon Cruise

Last weekend, we took part in a wonderful NYC special event: City of Water Day, which encourages New Yorkers to appreciate their waterfront.

Our first activity was a free 2 hour Circle Line Cruise featuring birding commentary by the NYC Audubon Society. We traveled past Hoffman Island and Swindbourne Island, which are both havens for waterbirds. We saw egrets, great blue herons, double crested cormorants, herring gulls, laughing gulls, and terns.

And we got a close-up from-the-water view of NYC's landmarks, its working waterfront, and people engaged in receational activities on the Hudson River (including kayaking, riding jet skis, paddling an outrigger canoe, sailing, and a very odd new sport...)

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