Seventh Annual Long Island Natural History Conference















Barn Owls of Jamaica Bay, New York City

Don Riepe
Jamaica Bay Guardian & Director: Northeast Chapter of American Littoral Society

Abstract: Located along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, Long Island’s beaches, estuaries, uplands, and other natural areas provide critical habitat for many species of birds and other wildlife. Despite intensive development over the past 100 years, Jamaica Bay still supports a great diversity of wildlife, including a robust population of Barn Owls. Don Riepe has been providing nest boxes and monitoring Jamaica Bay owls for over 30 years. His program will discuss population trends, management issues and concerns regarding the future of this beautiful raptor in Jamaica Bay and greater NYC area. 

Don retired in 2003 from the National Park Service where he worked as a naturalist ranger and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. He is currently employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian and Director of the Northeast Chapter for the American Littoral Society. Don has written many articles on natural history subjects and his photographs have been published in many journals including Scientific American, National Wildlife, Audubon, Defenders, Underwater Naturalist, Parade and The New York Times. He has an M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of New Hampshire and has taught a course in Wildlife Management at St. John’s University. A long time member of the Port Authority’s Bird Hazard Task Force, he also serves on the advisory board of NYC Audubon and is co-chair of the Jamaica Bay Task Force.