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  • "Carnivores in Captivity" Program

     Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

    Brought to you by the Friends of Connetquot


    Discover the fascinating world of insect-eating plants, build your own self-watering pot, the new home of your very own Venus Flytrap!

    Material fee for the workshop is $7 and please bring a smooth-sided 16 oz. water bottle.

    To register, call Edith at 631-667-6710

    Parking at the Preserve is free for evening programs.

  • Young Naturalists Club

    Sunday, September 7, 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:

    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 or call 631-581-1731.  More information...

  • Connetquot Breakfast and Birding

    Saturday, September 13, 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.

  • GSBAS' Ed Davis Memorial Beach Cleanup

    Saturday, September 20, 2014* (Rain Date Sunday, September 21)

    Join us on Fire Island and enjoy a beautiful (free) ferry ride from Sayville to Sunken Forest and help to protect our environment by collecting and recording the litter found on the shore.

    *Contact Beach Captain Jody Banaszak at 631-278-4059 or email ASAP so your name can be added to the list of volunteers for the free ferry ride.

    About the Cleanup

    • We will meet at 10AM at the Sunken Forest/Sailor's Haven ferry and return on the 3PM ferry back to Sayville
    • There is free parking at a small Town of Islip lot at the corner of Brown's River Road and River Road, just south of the Sunken Forest ferry on your right.
    • Bring a lunch or you can purchase lunch at the concession stand, there are bathroom facilities available.
    • Garbage bags and latex gloves will be provided

    Related link:American Littoral Society

  • GSBAS Seed Sale Fundraiser

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Place: 140 Brook Street, West Sayville (Johnna's House)

    Time: 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

    Orders must be received by October 11, 2014

    Download the Order Form

Newest Items/Announcements

UPDATE: 8/25/2014
Hummingbird Sanctuary Field Trip Photos

Hummingbird Sanctuary Field Trip Photos

Photos from the August 16th field trip to the Hummingbird Sanctuary have been posted on the field trip reports page.


UPDATE: 6/10/2014
Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area Nature Walk Recap

Oceanside Marine Nature Study Area Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A nice finish for the spring season.

Our last walk of the spring birding season was at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside. The weather was muggy, overcast and no wind which led to a lot of insects chasing us around.

The birding was slow as we are approaching the summer slowdown. We saw a couple of Night Herons, both Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned and the pair of Osprey which we were told have one egg hatched.

The highlight was a group of college students doing a study of the Saltmarsh Sparrows. They use a net to capture and band and release, then track the bird through nesting including counting eggs and fledglings. They netted one while we were there and brought it for us to look at. That is always a treat to such a beautiful bird up close.


UPDATE: 6/4/2014
Shinnecock Inlet Nature Walk Recap

Shinnecock Inlet Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

This Tuesday's trip was started at Shinnecock inlet and then we headed west along Dune Rd. making stops along the way. At the inlet we saw some remaining Black Scoters.

Things were pretty quiet at the first two stops but when we got to Tiana Beach things picked up. There were plenty of Ruddy Turnstones on the floating docks giving us all good looks. They are a really good looking shorebird. There was a mix of other shorebirds as well. We saw Dunlin, Semi-palmated Sandpipers and Short-billed Dowitchers.

Early in the morning we saw a Yellow Warbler at the Quouge refuge.


UPDATE: 5/27/2014
Massapequa Park Nature Walk Recap

Hempstead State Park Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A quiet morning

Our walk at Massapequa Preserve was fairly quiet. Not many migrants are still around and the birds that are around are local nesters busy nesting. The preserve has changed over the last few years after the reconstruction of the water flows around the pond. We walked up to the next pond north and back. On the path back we had a calling Great Crested Flycatcher that we managed to get a look at. Further down the path we heard a Warbling Vireo singing and eventually found it sitting on it


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


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 with information. Together, we can help protect our public resources!


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