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.
ALERT: Brookside County Park will be closed for the Labor Day Weekend
On Sunday, July 21, 2013 a fire was deliberately set on the double doors of an old shed at Brookside County Park. Due to the quick thinking of tour guide, Jane DeBeauchamp, the fire department and police were called immediately and the fire was contained to a small area of the shed. This shed was set back in the woods behind the bird feeders and was surrounded by dead trees and dry pine needles. Had this fire been set at a different time or on a different day, all would have been lost.
Luckily, this shed had no historical significance and we were able to enlist the help of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to have it demolished before another more deadly fire could be set. Under the guidance of Tyler Tangen from Troop 44 in Patchogue, Boy Scouts from Troop 9 in Ronkonkoma and Troop 76 in Bohemia along with Girl Scout Troops 2265 and 1324 spent the morning of Saturday, August 10 dismantling the old shed. They filled a dump truck provided by the County to overflowing and had even more debris neatly piled and waiting for the next pickup. When the work on the shed was completed, the Scouts patrolled the entire park picking up trash and rescuing a duck that was entangled in ivy.
Stay tuned for more Scout news. Tyler Tangen will be doing his Eagle Scout project at Brookside, which is the installation of bat houses. The GSBAS and visitors to Brookside look forward to Tyler providing “homes” for these creatures who will take care of our mosquito problem naturally.
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These photos were taken on Saturday, February 10, 2013 at Brookside Park by Tour Guides Lenora and Peter Daniel, following the snowstorm.
All photos were taken by Lenora and Peter Daniel
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Photos from the library at Brookside County Park. The library is still under construction but will include a children's section.
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The bridge and pond in the winter.
Brookside came into being through a 1998 resolution proposed by the then County Legislator, Steve Levy. The property was purchased as parkland through the Clean Water Act, naming Great South Bay as stewards for the property.
The actual possession from Mrs. Adelina Thurber took place in November, 1999, and our first board meeting was held in a tiny, under-lit, over-crowded room that had been used as an apartment in the main house. After the contract had been signed, the Parks Department realized that this was historic property. It had been part of the Isaac Green Estate, built in 1897.
Islip Town acquired the abutting 2.9 acres as a result of negotiations between the developer of what is now Lorraine Circle to our west.
Issac H. Green Jr. at the height of his career.
Isaac Green is an important Long Island architect. In fact, one of our members, Connie Currie is completing a book of his life and works.
These historic photos are probably between 1920's and 1949's.The bridge was used for motorcars to the main house and the walk-over was the new bridge to the weir. The Green's Creek running along the east side of the property empties into Great South Bay.
The rhododendrons that border the main lawn were mostly planted by Mrs. Thurber throughout her 50-year stay. Both she and her daughter, Sue Quinn wanted this property kept just as it was for a nature preserve.
The wooden bridges on the property were built by Joe Greco, one of our volunteer members, and the paths were cut and kept up by our volunteers. Great South Bay is also working with the senior class of Sayville High School's Environmental Advanced Placement Class. Their teacher, Maria Brown is a former GSBAS board member and we are reaping the benefits of her students’ projects.
Our chapter is monitoring birds present on the property to date. We have logged more than 118 species of birds.
This shingled cottage served as the gatehouse to Brookside.
In June we have our public meeting. Live raptors and other animal species are presented to families, friends and children.
Past Brookside Directors
Kathleen Kozakiewicz 2007-2011
Kathleen O’Connor 2000-2007