Map of Big John's Pond in Jamaica Bay

The background image is based on a photograph taken from the southeast side of West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on September 15, 2009, as summer was coming to a close. Sometimes West Pond is filled with hundreds of birds, but on this evening -- with most of the action in the woods and on the bay side of the trail -- the pond felt especially serene.

Above: Map of West Pond in Jamaica Bay.