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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GSBAS Volunteer Opportunities


The GSBAS' Connetquot River State Park Preserve (CRSPPP) Bluebird nest box program volunteers – Edith and Bob Wilson, Helga Merryman, Judy & Warren Davis, and Bob Grover -- were busy on Sunday, March 18th preparing for the 2012 breeding season. Some of the boxes were replaced due to raccoon damage last year and all 22 baffles were retrofitted in the hopes of thwarting the raccoon this year. Several Bluebirds were observed checking out the boxes and Tree Swallows waited impatiently for us to move on so they could move in!

Opportunities for nest box monitor training are still available. Join the existing team to learn the protocols for safely opening the boxes, identifying the nesting species, and counting eggs and nestlings. Experience the joy of watching a Bluebird develop from an egg to nestling to fledgling!

There are ticks at CRSPP and monitors have to walk through high grass during the season. It is important for potential volunteers to understand this issue. Training will also include various safety procedures.

Please call us at 631-563-7716 or see the Bluebird Nest Box page for more information or to sign up for the training.


The members of Great South Bay Audubon Society are stewards of Brookside County Park in Sayville. This 5.9 acre park with its streams, paths, and butterfly garden is a hidden gem and we are so fortunate to call Brookside our “headquarters.” Sitting on this property is a historic house which contains our meeting rooms and library. Volunteers are present twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays from 1:00 - 3:00. These volunteers walk the trails, pick up trash, fill the bird feeders and greet any guests that might arrive. It is very important for us to keep a presence here at Brookside. Since we recently have had a few volunteers move out of state, we now have a few openings for more volunteers. You will be trained and paired with another volunteer. If you would like to discuss the possibility of working at Brookside, please call Vera at 516-639-5430. We would love to have you join us.


Please join us as the Great South Bay Audubon Society launches a new initiative – The Brookside Butterfly Garden Club – to maintain and beautify the butterfly garden at Brookside County Park, 59 Brook Street, Sayville, NY.

Our stewardship at Brookside County Park goes beyond offering tours, feeding the birds, and maintaining the walking trails.  We also have a magnificent butterfly garden.  Our tour guides do their best to maintain the garden but on busy days, their time is limited.  We also have volunteers like Janet Gremli and Peter Schramel, who will take off from their respective jobs and donate their time to gardening and yard work at Brookside.  Even with all this hard work, our garden is in need of some tender loving care on a routine basis.

The Brookside Butterfly Garden Club will put together a task and planting schedule, a supply list, and work together to keep the garden a wonderful habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies.  A green thumb is not necessary nor is a huge time commitment.  If you would like to join the Brookside Butterfly Garden Club, please contact Janet Gremli at 631-563-7716.  Check our website or Facebook page for notification of future meetings.


Do you enjoy parties and planning them? Opportunities to join our new Annual Dinner chair, Annette Brownell, and the dinner committee are now available. Busy people will love this volunteer opportunity as this is a once-a-year event. Please call us at 631-563-7716 and leave a message.