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Arverne Piping Plover Nesting Area
Rockaway, Queens

The Arverne Piping Plover Site was established in 1996. The site also contains a colony of nesting Least Terns, as well as a small number of nesting Oystercatchers. The City of New York, Department of Parks & Recreation’s Urban Park Rangers maintains the area. 1997 was the first year that the New York City Urban Park Rangers worked at the site on a full time basis. The rangers patrol and monitor the site and plan to eventually do some habitat enhancement.

The nesting area starts at Beach 45th Street and runs to Beach 56th Street. The Plover nesting season begins in mid-March and extends to the end of August.

Birders are welcome to visit the site. The rangers conduct public tours on Saturdays. It is imperative that people do not disturb the birds while they are nesting.

The Arverne Piping Plover Site can be reach by taking the "A" train and getting off at the Beach 60th station. Walk east to Beach 57th,turn right towards the beach for the boardwalk access. The restricted breeding site is clearly marked at the boardwalk, the best view available.

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