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  • Annual Dinner Fundraiser

    Monday, May 5, 2014

    Time: 6:00pm Cocktail Hour/ 7:00pm Dinner

    Place: Captain Bill's Bayview House, 122 Ocean Ave., Bay Shore, NY

    Guest Speaker: Ivan Rothman | Program: I'M ALIVE

    Something else exciting! - This year, for the first time, we are offering a special raffle to win an original painting by artist in residence, Steven D'Amato (shown to the right.) Only $10.00 per raffle ticket allows you the opportunity to own an original, framed painting of a male American Goldfinch in his beautiful breeding plumage. (The unframed painting size is approximately 15" w x 16" h.)  Additional raffles will be available for purchase at our March and April general meetings and at the dinner OR by contacting Annette Brownell at 631-665-4405. You need not be present to win.

    Dinner tickets are $45 per person and include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, appetizer, and salad, choice of three entrées, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. A vegetarian entrée is also available. There will be a cash bar.

    Click here for the full flyer and reservation form | See our Events page for more details

  • Attention Skilled Birders!

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Audubon New York is looking for shorebird survey volunteers to perform spring migration surveys at the following sites:

    • Jones Beach State Park
    • Cupsogue Beach County Park
    • Pike's Beach
    • Dune Road Marshes
    • Mecox Inlet
    • Sagaponack Pond

    Shorebird surveys allow us to monitor shorebird populations and help us to better understand the impact of storms, recovery efforts, and other disturbances on these species.

    If you would like to participate, please join us for a free lunch and training workshop at 1:00 pm on April 12, 2014 at Connetquot River State Park.

    Email Kerri Dikun at kdikun@audubon.org to RSVP and for additional information.

  • General Membership Meeting

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

    Time: 7:00 P.M.

    Program: "The Lost Bird Project"

    Join us for popcorn and the film, "The Lost Bird Project," which follows sculptor Todd McGrain as he endeavors to create large sculptures of the five bird species that went extinct during modern times: the Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, and Heath Hen. "These birds are not commonly known," Todd McGrain says, "and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It’s such a thorough erasing."

  • Young Naturalists Club

    Sunday, May 4, 2014

    Time: 1:15 - 2:15 PM

    Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS) would like to invite the Long Island community and GSBAS Chapter Members to join us on the first Sunday of every month

    Place: Great South Bay Audubon Society's Headquarters - Brookside County Park, 59 Brook Street, Sayville, NY

    RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Please call 631-581-1731 or email: info@gsbas.org

    The Young Naturalists Club focuses on learning about nature and stewardship of a natural area. Outdoor activities include crafting nature boxes and pinecone feeders, nature scavenger hunts, hiking the trails, gardening, and maintaining bird-feeding stations. Indoor activities include examining birds’ nests and feather displays and special presentations on subjects such as the Northern Bobwhite Quail, local marine creatures, and bird watching. For details on upcoming Young Naturalists Club activities, please email info@gsbas.org or call 631-581-1731.  More information...

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Sunday, May 11, 2014

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

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

    Program: Hosted by Friends of Connetquot.  Join us for a continental breakfast, an introduction to bird identification, and a walk in beautiful Connetquot Preserve to find and identify 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.

Newest Items/Announcements

UPDATE: 4/9/2014
2014 NYSOA Annual Meeting/New York State Birders Conference

2014 NYSOA Annual Meeting/New York State Birders Conference

September 19 - 21, 2014, Cayuga Bird Club, Ithaca, NY

For more details, download the PDF.

Register online at http://www.cayugabirdclub.org/nysoa or with registration form here.

Contact Donna Scott at 607-533-7228 or by email DLS9@cornell.edu with any questions.

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UPDATE: 4/8/2014
Heckscher State Park Nature Walk Recap

Heckscher State Park Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

After the rain last night the morning was very misty, a few hardy troopers trying to escape cabin fever ventured forth in Heckscher State Park for some birding.

We headed up the trail out of parking lot five. We did manage to see a few birds. Early on in the walk we saw our first of the season Hermit Thrush and an Eastern Towhee. We watched a pair of Ospreys try to break a branch off a tree for their nest, they didn't get it by the time we left.

Later during our caravan around the park we spotted a Great Egret flyover and at the entrance to field seven there was a pair of Killdeer. We managed to make the best of the morning.

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UPDATE: 4/2/2014
Jamaica Bay Nature Walk Recap

Jamaica Bay Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A gorgeous day at Jamaica Bay!

What a great day after the surprise snow storm yesterday, mild temps, little to no wind and bright sunshine. Add to that some nice signs of spring from arriving birds.

The pair of Ospreys were on their nest south of the west trail, Tree Swallows were flying around their nest boxes and we saw our first Snowy Egret of the season. There were plenty of Red-wing Blackbirds and Robins around as well, spring is ready to spring.

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UPDATE: 3/25/2014
Attention Skilled Birders

Attention Skilled Birders

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Audubon New York is looking for shorebird survey volunteers to perform spring migration surveys at the following sites:

  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Cupsogue Beach County Park
  • Pike's Beach
  • Dune Road Marshes
  • Mecox Inlet
  • Sagaponack Pond

Shorebird surveys allow us to monitor shorebird populations and help us to better understand the impact of storms, recovery efforts, and other disturbances on these species.

If you would like to participate, please join us for a free lunch and training workshop at 1:00 pm on April 12, 2014 at Connetquot River State Park.

Email Kerri Dikun at kdikun@audubon.org to RSVP and for additional information.

Download the flyer

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UPDATE: 3/6/2014
Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk

Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk

Recap by Bob Grover

The Great South Bay Audubon annual Bob Laskowski Memorial Duck Walk on Saturday produced a below average 17 species of waterfowl, mitigated somewhat by a lack of open water at most sites visited. The highlights included 72 Redheads, along with a few Canvasbacks, on Capri Lake in West Islip, which is the Redhead capitol of Long Island. Most interesting was the presence of Common Mergansers at virtually every freshwater pond along Montauk Highway between East Islip and West Islip.

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PETITION: 3/5/2014
Restore the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York

Restore the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New York

More than a year ago, Hurricane Sandy breached the freshwater West Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) located in Queens, New York City. JBWR is part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area and is a very popular destination because of its diverse wildlife and the opportunity to see many of the 330 species of birds that have been recorded there. Now salt water flows freely from the bay into the West Pond, and has utterly destroyed its prized freshwater ecosystem. Before Sandy, the pond teemed with a diversity of birds and other wildlife at all seasons, but now it is virtually devoid of interesting wildlife. The National Park Service has not acted to restore the pond and is making decisions that could potentially result in the permanent loss of this avian oasis!

The 45-acre West Pond, situated along the Atlantic flyway, was the only significant freshwater habitat in the coastal ecosystem of New York City. It is listed as an international Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society.

The West Pond used to be home to many breeding and migratory waterfowl and coastal birds. Several of these species are listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. In addition, the area around the West Pond had been critical nesting habitat for the threatened Diamondback Terrapinand a great variety of butterflies and other insect life.

The NPS and Gateway National Recreation Area are considering restoration options, and there is a real risk that they will decide not to restore the West Pond at all (see The New York Times, February 10, 2014). The time for action is now. Tell the National Park Service that you want the West Pond restored, to support freshwater habitat for birds and other wildlife. By signing this petition, you will help to restore this local, national and international treasure.

Sign the petition here

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UPDATE: 2/12/2014
Do you know of public lands with large numbers of free-roaming cats or cat colonies?

American Bird Conservancy wants to hear from you!

American Bird Conservancy wants to hear from you! Do you know of public lands with large numbers of free-roaming cats or cat colonies? We want to hear about it! Whether it is federal, state, county, or municipal lands, we want to know. Please contact Grant Sizemore at gsizemore@abcbirds.org with information. Together, we can help protect our public resources!

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