Become a Plover Protector!
More Photos > Jay Holmes 2004

(For directions on how to get to Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, see below)

Each year New York City is the breeding ground for the threatened shore birds, the piping plovers. These birds come to nest on the beaches of Breezy Point. The tip is part of Gateway National Recreation Area and the National Park Service coordinates the management plan to protect the plovers from predators and inform the public about the nesting activities of these threatened birds. Since about 1997 I have been helping set up string fencing and signage around nesting grounds in late February or early March. I have also been taking the Ecology Club out to the site to help as well. We also visit in the summer when we can to see the chicks and parents on the beach and help with monitoring and cleaning up the fencing in the Fall.

Click here to see the Ecology Club's Plover Pages.

If you would like to know more about how you can help, contact

Gateway NRA
Headquarters Building 69
Floyd Bennett Field
Brooklyn, NY 11234

(718) 318-4300 Phone
(718) 318-4310 Fax

Directions from Manhattan

2 Train to Flatbush Avenue stop, last stop on the line
Exit subway stop and board the Q35 bus to Far Rockaway.
Get off at the first stop over the bridge.
Follow side walk perpendicular to road/away from the bus.
You will see Fort Tilden on your left.
Head for the brick building, Park Headquarters/Visitor Center.

Meet at 9:30 AM. The trip takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours from Manhattan.

PS: the red path is only on the map, not on the street as you walk :)