The primary mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for native birds and other native wildlife on Long Island.

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Annual Plan and Review

The Primary Mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for birds and other wildlife on Long Island.

REVIEW OF THE PAST YEAR – JULY 1, 2012 THRU JUNE 30, 2013

Overview of Accomplishments

Chapter Fund Raisers

Chapter Community Outreach Events At Brookside County Park and Offsite

Chapter Conservation Advocacy

Chapter Partnering

GSBAS’ Stewardship at Brookside County Park

ANNUAL PLAN

The coming year will be a very different year for the Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS). We recently lost our program chairperson and three longtime board members who also held the positions of our newsletter editor and our conservation chair as well as volunteering under several committees. I will be retiring from my position as GSBAS president in May 2014 after serving two terms and there is no one on the horizon to take over the helm.

Our efforts will be centered on revitalizing our organization. Although we recently obtained three new board members, a new newsletter editor, and a new membership chairperson, we will be sending out a revitalization letter to all our members followed by a Volunteer Open House at Brookside County Park, scheduled for February 1, 2014. We believe this concerted effort will give our members an opportunity to take part in continuing the existing mission plan of the GSBAS while shaping its future.

We will continue our stewardship of Brookside County Park and maintain the projects that are held there, such as our Butterfly Garden Club, our extensive library, and our Young Naturalist Club. We will welcome Boy and Girl Scout projects at the park as well as scientific studies performed by students from the Sayville and East Islip School Districts and Stony Brook University. We will continue our American Kestrel and Eastern Bluebird nest box programs. Our general programs will introduce our members to dynamic and varied speakers. Our members will continue to have access to 44 field trips, both during the week and on the weekends, throughout the year.

The GSBAS looks forward to a new chapter and being revitalized by new volunteers with their fresh, invigorating ideas for the future.