Once a salt water tidal marsh, Goethals Pond was transformed into a 3 foot deep freshwater pond when roads and railroad crossings located just downstream began to restrict drainage out of the area. Fortunately, Goethals Pond has since evolved into a wonderful mixture of fresh and salt water which continually provides critical habitat for a wide assortment of aquatic plants and animals, in addition to numerous species of waterfowl.
Many migratory species and shorebirds can be seen making use of the extensive shallow water area as they make their way to and from other Harbor Herons Islands, especially during the spring and fall migrations when the pond is a concentrated collage of color.
The pond has proven to be a highly important area for black-bellied plover (Pluvialis squatarola), red knot (Calidris canutus), pectoral sandpiper (C. melanotos), semipalmated sandpiper (C. pusilla), sanderling (C. alba), common tern (Sterna hirundo) and least tern (S. antillarum). In addition, Goethals Pond is also the only known breeding area in the New York City/ Long Island Region for the pied-billed grebe and the American coot.
Nestled in amongst the wetlands and forests, the view of the pond is truly a stunning sight, and both birders and nature observers alike are sure to be delighted by the incredible variety of birds and wildlife filling the area.
A wheelchair accessible access and viewing site has been built around the pond to ensure that this stunning scenery can be enjoyed by all people, while at the same time allowing for the habitat to remain largely undisturbed by human presence.
Goethals Pond is located north off of Forest Ave between the Home Depot and the Self Storage Units on Elizabeth Cove Rd.
*Parking is available from the shoulder of the roads.
***Stay Safe- Bring a Friend When Visiting the Property***