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If you think NYC is devoid of beautiful nature reserves, you've never been to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of the National Park's Gateway Natural Recreation Area. Gateway extends across two boroughs (Queens and Staten Island) and two states (NY and NJ) and even includes a civil war fort. If you live in the area, I highly recommend it.
Bird-watching is a favorite activity at Jamaica Bay. Around the hiking trail their are a number of bird houses for different birds. Kiddo loved to read about the nesting habits of everything from a swallow to a barn owl.
Further out you can see an Osprey platform.
We saw this interesting bird, but I don't know its name.
My husband, who, while he says he prefers the outdoors to staying inside, declares he is "not a nature person" humors me as I insist we all visit as many nature parks as possible. He always says he has a good time. Here he keeps New Kid company as he "works" on his Junior Ranger book.
There were tons of horseshoe crab shells on the beach.
Clam shells, too.
One side of the trail faced the wetlands, but the other had some lovely tree groves.
New Kid was bit tired near the end of the trail and hitched a ride.