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Young Naturalists Club

Next Meeting: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:15 - 2:15 PM, at Brookside County Park:  Details to be announced. For information, please email info@gsbas.org or call 631-581-1731 - Please note that due to the holiday, the YNC will not be meeting in July.

About the Young Naturalists Club

Great South Bay Audubon Society (GSBAS) would like to invite the Long Island community and GSBAS Chapter Members to join us on:

Date: The first Sunday of every month

Place: Great South Bay Audubon Society's Headquarters - Brookside County Park, 59 Brook Street, Sayville, NY

Time: T.B.A.

RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Please call 631-581-1731 or email: info@gsbas.org

Activities: 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 info@gsbas.org or call 631-581-1731.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS TO BROOKSIDE: 59 Brook Street, Sayville, NY
From Western/Eastern Long Island:  Sunrise Highway to Locust Avenue South to very end.  Left onto Montauk Highway.  Quick left onto Brook Street, continue 2 miles, past Sayville High School, entrance on left.

There is limited parking at Brookside Park, so please park out front on Brook Street where permitted or in high school parking lot across the street.

Young Naturalists Club - February 2, 2014

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Young Naturalists Club - August 2013

YNC attendees drawing creatures or flowers they saw either on our nature walk or while observing the feeders.

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Young Naturalists Club - March 2013

Attendees had lots of fun making hatching chicks!

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Sunday, January 6, 2013 - Daisy Troop Pinecone Feeder Program

Making pinecone feeders at the January 6, 2013 meeting of the Young Naturalists Club.

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November 6, 2012 - Scavenger Hunt

On Sunday, November 6th, our Young Naturalists Club was joined by Girl Scout Troop 626 for a Scavenger Hunt at Brookside. In all we had 18 children participate, and 11 adults in attendance.

Under sunny skies, the children searched the grassy field between Green's Creek and the Gate House for acorns, moss, sassafras leaves, feathers, etc. It was a lot of fun and after the Hunt we called out each item to make sure everyone found the right leaves, rocks, etc.

Our last item to find was litter! The children divided into groups and took to the trails. They did a fantastic job and the trails are looking very clean over at Brookside! Following the litter collection we sorted out the recyclables from the garbage.

GSBAS is very thankful for all the efforts Troop 626 has made to clean up Brookside! And for helping make our Scavenger Hunt with the Young Naturalists Club such a great time!

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Recap by Janet Gremli

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, the Young Naturalists Club enjoyed an early spring day at Brookside. The club participants were introduced to over a dozen bird nests from the GSBAS collection. Children were able to familiarize first-hand the engineering accomplishments of our avian friends. Using the books provided by the GSBAS library, a pictorial display was available to correlate those nests whose inhabitants were known. The children were then asked to identify the materials that were used in constructing the nests.

Using the knowledge gained from our nest interaction, the children were then given a craft project of preparing a "nesting bag." Recycled plastic mesh bags were filled with fragments of yarn, embroidery thread, and twine along with bits of moss, leaves, dry grasses, and dandelions found on the property. The children brought these nesting bags home to hang on tree branches in their yards. Now they can watch birds in their backyard collect the bits of material from the nesting bags to construct nests of their own.


Mission: MigrationPlay the Mission: Migration Game on the Audubon website.

In the spring and the fall, many birds fly long distances in search of food, water, shelter and space: the same basic things that you need to survive. Along these routes, they encounter many different types of habitats, from country and forest to neighborhoods and big cities, and at times, encounter dangers from both natural and manmade hazards.

In this game you will try to help your flock migrate safely by learning how choices you make each and every day around your home, school, and neighborhood can affect the fate of these migrating birds - in both positive and negative ways. By the time you're done, you'll have the skills and knowledge to help birds thrive and survive around your home.


Remember -- Take our guided tour of Brookside Preserve in Sayville (across from Sayville High)

Every Wednesday and Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.