Spring Creek Park Preserve
Habitat Type: Salt Marsh
Spring Creek Park Preserve is the largest undeveloped salt marsh in northern Jamaica Bay, and runs between Queens and Brooklyn. Along with several other parks in the area, such as Four Sparrow, Marine Park, and Fresh Creek Park, it plays a vital role in the protection and preservation of Jamaica Bay. The Park’s large salt marsh supports a variety of wildlife, including great blue herons (Ardea herodias), red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), and mallards (Anas platyrhynchos), as well as animals such raccoons (Procyon lotor) and muskrats (Ondatra zibethica). The broad salt marsh at the creek’s outlet also provides good foraging ground for diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin). Fields of mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) with ailanthus (Ailanthus altissima) and scattered common reed (Phragmites australis) also blanket the landfilled terrain.
Spring Creek Park Preserve is not currently accessible to the public.