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.
Dear Members, Friends, and Neighbors,
The Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS) is extremely honored to have caring, generous members and friends. Thanks to your support we had another successful year in our educational and conservation endeavors as well as our stewardship of Brookside County Park. We hope you’ll consider making another donation in support of your local Audubon chapter.
Your support enabled us to continue to hold our June outdoor meeting at Brookside. On June 20, 2013 we were pleased to host Sue Krause from Sweetbriar Nature Center, who captivated the audience of more than 150 people with her “Long Island Wildlife” presentation.
Local students from Sayville High School, East Islip High School, and East Islip Middle School continue to use Brookside as an outdoor lab for their environmental and biological studies. Students participating in Stony Brook University’s GeoPREP program, which serves underrepresented Long Island high school students, spent a day performing research at Brookside County Park. We also funded two campers through Starflower Experiences, Inc., Wyandanch.
The Captree CBC (NYCA) will be held this year on Sunday, December 15th, with the compilation dinner to follow at the Villa Monaco, 778 Montauk Highway, West Islip NY 11795.
The Southern Nassau CBC (NYSN) will be on Saturday, December 28th, with the compilation dinner to follow at the Wander Inn (same place as last year), 2880 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY 11510.
Long-time participants should be in touch with their party leaders to arrange for meeting times and permits. Others interested should contact us and we will do our best to find you a suitable assignment.
Patricia Lindsay - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shai Mitra - email@example.com - 631-666-7624
Annual Member Participation/Holiday Celebration Night
Place: Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Program: This is our Annual Member Participation/Holiday Celebration Night. Bring a treat to share along with your slides, poems, stories, or collections. This is the last meeting of 2013 and it will give us an opportunity to take stock, look ahead, and enjoy some good company. Please contact Hospitality Chair, Mary Plant, 631-284-3713 to let her know what snack you’re bringing and Judy Davis, 631-277-5179 to let her know if you’re participating.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 631-581-1731. More information...
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Save the date! Rally in Albany, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 to Ban Fracking Now! Join us for a major rally outside of Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. A bus from Long Island will be going there for the day.
For more information contact Eric Weltman, Food and Water Watch, 718-943-9085, or Jim Brown, South Shore Audubon Society, 515-608-1446. More details to follow--Hope to see you there!×
Friday, December 6 2013
The second annual Long Island Natural History Conference will take place Friday, December 6 in Berkner auditorium at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The conference will comprise sixteen presentations by leading Long Island scientists and naturalists on topics including the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, survey results for the American eel, bats, mammals, moths and carnivorous plants of Long Island, conservation issues related to the eastern box turtle, eastern tiger salamander, red knot and saltmarsh sharp- tailed sparrow, and two historical presentations (the bunker fishery and Long Island’s environmental movement).
The conference is open to the general public and promises to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present and exchange current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history of Long Island. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds.
The conference is a project of the Long Island Nature Organization, committed to promoting nature studies on Long Island by sponsoring specific projects, providing opportunities like the conference to increase communication among wildlife researchers, managers, and the general public, and building a web-based clearing house for Long Island Natural History information.×
Members of the Long Island Legislative Delegation Were Recognized for Two Decades of Leadership in Protecting Our Land, Air and Water Through Investments in the Environmental Protection Fund
November 18, 2013
West Babylon, NY — GSBAS President Judy Davis and Conservation Chair Lenora Daniel were among the conservation groups, state agencies and elected officials who joined together at Belmont Lake State Park to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The groups honored Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (Lindenhurst), who has become a champion of the EPF as chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee. Senator Boyle (Bay Shore), Assemblymember Lavine (Glen Cove), Assemblymember Ramos (Central Islip) and Assemblymember Theile (Sag Harbor) were also honored for their leadership roles in creating and growing the EPF over the last two decades.×
Recap by Ken Thompson
A pleasant Surprise.
Today, November 17, 2013 we did our annual GSBAS nature walk at the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor. The weather while at the refuge was very nice. We were greeted by the usual suspects looking for handouts, literally handouts. It's always a pleasure to see our bird friends up close and personal.
After Morton we headed to Dune Rd. to see what we could find there. We had distant looks at two Marbled Godwits, lots of Common Eider and our first of the season Red-breasted Mergansers.×
Recap by Ken Thompson
A pleasant Surprise.
Today, on our Tuesday GSBAS walk at Sunken Meadow SP we had again another super weather day. Usually at Sunken Meadow at the end of the season it is brutally cold in the winds coming off the LI Sound, not today. Clear crisp sunshine, moderate breeze and moderate temperatures made for another great day.
To top things off we had a very nice bird for the day. On the rock jetty we discovered a Purple Sandpiper. This is the time of year to start to expect them, but to see one on a nice weather day is a bonus. We had thirty one species for the day with a nice flock of Cedar Waxwings feeding on berries in the trees. Also we had our first Hooded Mergansers of the season as well. In the LI Sound there was a flock of White-winged Scoters. Another good day with some good birds.×
Recap by Ken Thompson
A sampling of ducks.
Today, on our GSBAS Tuesday nature walk at Blydenburgh County Park, we had a good variety of ducks on the lake. We had ten species of ducks. With the early morning sun highlighting the iridescent colors of the male ducks it was very enjoyable.
All told we had thirty one species of birds for the morning, a highlight was a pair of Rusty Blackbirds at the point where we turnaround and head back to the parking lot. Golden-crowned Kinglets seemed to be everywhere. Thirteen people showed up and enjoyed another really nice morning walk.×
Your help is needed to ensure that your favorite recreational areas are considered in coastal and ocean planning coming to the Mid-Atlantic. The Surfrider Foundation, in partnership with Ecotrust, Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, and The Nature Conservancy, and in close coordination with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), is conducting an online survey of recreational uses such as beach goers, swimmers, beach wildlife viewers, surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, and divers.
Participation is simple: go to http://www.surfrider.org/mid-atlantic-recreation and enter your email address.
Recreational uses are poorly mapped in the Mid-Atlantic and better information is needed. The information collected in this survey will be incorporated into an online data portal operated by The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean, or MARCO. MARCO is an arrangement by the Governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to improve the health of Mid-Atlantic ocean and coastal resources, and ensure that they continue to contribute to the economic vitality of coastal communities.×
As a member of the Great South Bay Audubon Society you will receive our award winning, bi-monthly newsletter "The Sandpiper."
Your membership dues will also go directly to our local conservation and educational endeavors and support our work at Brookside County Park.