Gateway NRA: Sandy Hook’s Ospreys

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Sandy Hook in New Jersey is one of Gateway National Recreation Area’s three geographical units. The other two are in Staten Island and Queens, with the three parks framing the ‘gateway’ to New York Harbor.

The Sandy Hook Foundation, the park’s non-profit partner, helped fund the documentary embedded below (from the same filmmaker as the Piping Plover video.) Local documentarian Jeff Gould produced The Ospreys of Sandy Hook to showcase the success story of the osprey’s recovery from near-extinction in the 1960s era of DDT. Efforts to help the Osprey continue today through community and NPS efforts. This week, the Gateway ospreys are expected to return to the park from their winter homes in South America.


Location: 85 Mercer Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732

Designation: National Recreation Area

Date designation declared: 10/27/1972

Date of my visit: March 2016