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  • Backyard Birding Class

    Still a few more openings left: Register now

    Session 1: Friday, August 7 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    We will view a slide show of common birds and learn tips to identify them. Afterwards, we will walk through the park to see how many of these species we can find ther eand at the park's bird feeders.*

    Session 2: Friday, August 14 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    Learn how different types of feed and feeders attract different types of birds and how to make your yard "bird friendly" with plants and flowers.  Then we will walk through the park to find and identify some birds.*

    Location: Brookside County Park, 59 Brook Street, Sayville (Diagonally across and east of Sayville High School)

    RSVP:  Space is limited

    Via email: or call 631-563-7716 to register or with any questions.

    *Binoculars will be available to borrow

  • Bat Workshop

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm

    Maria Brown will be giving a short lecture on the Bats of Long Island and White Nose Syndrome on Friday August 7th at 8:00 pm (rain date is August 8th.)

    Brookside County Park is located directly across the street from the High School. There is no parking at the park, so parents will need to park across the street at the high school. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.

    The short lecture on Bats of Long Island will be followed by Bioacoustical Monitoring of the bats. The Sayville High School Science Research Program (RISE) has 2 different bioacoustical monitors that record the search call of the bats (sonar) in search of insects. Each bat species has a specific search call that is not shared by other species and can be identified by the sonogram produced on the laptop screen and also on an ipad screen. We will have both monitors for you to see as you observe the bats flying over head!

    DRESS APPROPRIATELY - Long pants, long shirt, closed shoes. Please apply bug spray at home or before you enter the park. Bring water to drink.

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Saturday, September 12, 2015

    Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY

    Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Program: Hosted by Friends of Connetquot.  Join Friends of Connetquot, Great South Bay Audubon Society and NY State Parks Environmental Education Office at Connetquot River State Park Preserve for a continental breakfast, an introduction to bird identification, and a walk in beautiful Connetquot Preserve to find and identify migrating and other resident birds.

    RSVP required: call Connetquot State Park Preserve at 581-1072 to register. Registration fee $4 plus $8 parking fee per car (unless you have yearly NYS) Park pass.

  • General Membership Meeting

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

    Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY

    Time: 7:00 P.M.

    Program: Gardening with Native Plants

    Description: Native plants provide important food and habitat for native wildlife. In addition, there are many other advantages of incorporating native plants into your yard and landscape Lauren Hubbard, Ph D. from the Long Island Plant Initiative will talk about design considerations, soil preparation, site planning and will discuss other matters regarding native planting at our Sept. General Membership Meeting on Thursday evening, Sept. 17 at 7:30. Come early at 7:00 for snacks and refreshments and to chat with our members! We'd love to hear what you did this summer.

    Directions: Approaching from the East, the entrance is on the north side of Sunrise Hwy (Route 27). From the west, exit Sunrise Highway (Route 27) at Oakdale-Bohemia Rd., cross over Sunrise Highway, merge onto westbound Route 27 and watch for the park entrance sign on the right. Please do not park on the grass or in the circle in front of the building. Park near garages in the rear of the building. There is a handicap ramp at this entrance. Call 631-563-7716 with any questions. Join us at 7:00 for pre-program refreshments and casual conversation. Our bird experts will be on hand to answer any questions, discuss equipment, and share their favorite birding spots.

  • 2nd Annual Seatuck Birding Challenge

    Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Seatuck Birding Challenge and help promote bird watching and conservation across Long Island. All levels of birders welcome, from novice to expert. The fall migration promises large numbers of birds and a great diversity of species. Last year's winning teams tallied nearly 100 species!

    Raise funds for Seatuck or your own conservation cause while increasing awareness of Seatuck’s conservation and education work.

    Click here for more information or to register for the 2015 Seatuck Birding Challenge.

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