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My grandparents took care of me and my sister while our parents were at work.  They always looked for something different to do and thought that a trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge would be a fun way to spend a summers day.  For years all we ever talked about were the bugs!

Summertime was a time of adventure.  Growing up in Howard Beach, Queens, my sister, Kim and I always looked for something fun to do.  There were a lot of kids on our street and we were always in someones pool or playing out in the street.

Our Nanny and Grandpa lived with us and that they always looked for something to do with us.  One day, Nanny and Grandpa decided that we were going to do something fun and educational.  We were going to take a trip to The Bird Sanctuary.  Kim and I thought this would be fun. 

We were so excited that morning.  We normally spent our days in the pool or going to the mall.  Nanny packed a picnic lunch for the four of us.  We piled into the car and drove all the way to The Bird Sanctuary (it was only five minutes away).  Kim and I could hardly contain ourselves.  We got out of the car and ran to the visitor center.  It had a map of The Bird Sanctuary.  We looked at different pictures and talked to the park ranger.  Then, the adventure began.

The four of us walked out of the building and onto the refuge.  We started walking, enjoying the sunshine and just the thought of spending time together.  And then it happened.  We saw our first bird!  It was a seagull, not very exciting because they are a common occurrence in Howard Beach.  We continued walking and the further we walked into the marsh; it became more apparent that we were not entering The Bird Sanctuary, but a BUG SANCTUARY.

The further we walked, the more we were attacked by bugs of all types!  Mosquitos, gnats, and the biggest horse flies you have ever seen!  But worst of all were the green flies, with the bulging eyes, you know the kind, they stick to you and bite you!  The four of us stood there in horror.  Then Nanny said LETS GET OUT OF HERE!  She didn’t have to say it twice.  Kim, Nanny, Grandpa and I turned around and ran back to the visitor building.  The park ranger looked at us and asked what was wrong.  We told him we didn’t come to see bugs!  We got into the car and laughed all the way home.

The Bird Sanctuary

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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

My grandparents took care of me and my sister while our parents were at work. They always looked for something different to do and thought that a trip to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge would be a fun way to spend a summers day. For years all we ever talked about were the bugs!

Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Angela on June 9, 2014
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