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Best Place to Bird­Watch

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New York City is home to some excellent bird-watching, but Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens boasts the best to be found. Part of the U.S. National Park Service since the early 1970s, Jamaica Bay has recorded sightings of at least 330 bird species, a number that translates to nearly half the total species that live in the Northeast. The park consists of more than 9,000 acres of wetlands, a draw for osprey, peregrine falcons, sandpipers, and terns — and a safety buffer from the jet traffic at JFK International Airport just across the bay. An extensive network of walking trails, many of which are handicap-accessible, keeps the wingless among us happy, too.