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.
Next Meeting: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 1:15 - 2:15 PM, at Brookside County Park: Details to be announced. For information, please email email@example.com or call 631-581-1731
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
RSVP: RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Please call 631-581-1731 or email: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 631-581-1731.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS TO BROOKSIDE: 59 Brook Street,
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.
What's All the Buzzzzz?
On Sunday, September 7, 2014, the Young Naturalists Club met at Brookside County Park in Sayville. Children and parents participated in a discussion on Honey Bees, Bumble Bees and Yellow Jackets. A large model of a bumble bee was used to demonstrate the main body parts of a bee. Children were given line drawings of bumble bees, honey bees and yellow jackets and asked to compare and contrast the similarities between the insects. Collected (formerly live) examples of the insects were examined by the children using magnifying glasses.
New words taught to the children were "thorax", "abdomen" and "stinger", the later being the most interesting to the audience! The children were amazed to see the fuzz of the bumble bee and the different colored striping on the honey bees and yellow jackets. They found it interesting to learn that bees sting only once and die, while yellow jackets sting multiple times and live. They learned that not all stings come from bees.
A drawing of a man-made bee hive was used to demonstrate how honey is produced, stored and collected. A frame from a honey chamber was passed among the children. They all enjoyed sniffing the smell of honey and nectar on the frame. Pieces of beeswax and honeycomb were found to be soft and waxy to the touch and smelled good, too!
While the children colored the pictures of our buzzing buddies, they were asked, "Who wants to taste some honey?" All hands were vertical and the parents enjoyed a good giggle at the response!
A venture into the butterfly garden revealed sedum and Rose of Sharon covered with all three insects discussed. The children were quick to identify and recognize the differences of each species. It was quite rewarding to see their excitement at finding all three species and their pride in knowing the difference between the species.
The day ended with a hike through the trails looking for yellow jacket nests among the dead trees. A special treat was found when the children spied upon a box turtle enjoying a spot in the sun!
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YNC attendees drawing creatures or flowers they saw either on our nature walk or while observing the feeders.
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Attendees had lots of fun making hatching chicks!
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Making pinecone feeders at the January 6, 2013 meeting of the Young Naturalists Club.
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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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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.
Play 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.