8th Grade Adventure Days -- Jamaica Bay Wildllife Refuge

Friday's trip was to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  It can be hard to believe that such a wild area can be so close to the hustle and bustle of New York City. 

Graduate students observe the diamondback Terrapin turtles when they dig their nests and then put wire traps over the nests so raccoons and other predators don't dig up the eggs and eat them. These babies had hatched out the night before.

Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Guardian, talking to us about the diamondback Terrapins.

Don Riepe showing us the bat house and talking about the importance of bats. He said that if you have a bat circling around your head it's because they are feeding on mosquitoes or other pesky bugs.  Bats are beneficial!