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  • Annual Dinner Fundraiser

    Monday, May 5, 2014

    Time: 6:00pm Cocktail Hour/ 7:00pm Dinner

    Place: Captain Bill's Bayview House, 122 Ocean Ave., Bay Shore, NY

    Guest Speaker: Ivan Rothman | Program: I'M ALIVE

    Something else exciting! - This year, for the first time, we are offering a special raffle to win an original painting by artist in residence, Steven D'Amato (shown to the right.) Only $10.00 per raffle ticket allows you the opportunity to own an original, framed painting of a male American Goldfinch in his beautiful breeding plumage. (The unframed painting size is approximately 15" w x 16" h.)  Additional raffles will be available for purchase at our March and April general meetings and at the dinner OR by contacting Annette Brownell at 631-665-4405. You need not be present to win.

    Dinner tickets are $45 per person and include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, appetizer, and salad, choice of three entrées, dessert, soda, coffee and tea. A vegetarian entrée is also available. There will be a cash bar.

    Click here for the full flyer and reservation form | See our Events page for more details

  • General Membership Meeting

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

    Time: 7:00 P.M.

    Program: "The Lost Bird Project"

    Join us for popcorn and the film, "The Lost Bird Project," which follows sculptor Todd McGrain as he endeavors to create large sculptures of the five bird species that went extinct during modern times: the Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk, Passenger Pigeon, Labrador Duck, and Heath Hen. "These birds are not commonly known," Todd McGrain says, "and they ought to be, because forgetting is another kind of extinction. It’s such a thorough erasing."

  • Young Naturalists Club

    Sunday, May 4, 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

    Sunday, May 11, 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.

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UPDATE: 4/22/2014
Gardiner Park Nature Walk Recap

Gardiner Park Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A snake in the grass.

Literally today on our Tuesday walk at Gardiners park we encountered a small Garter Snake sunning it self in the grass. It was very lethargic and didn't react to our viewing it, giving us all a good look at it. We left it alone and went on our way.

The birding was a little slow heading down the main trail. As we were heading back to the parking lot we turned at a corner in the trail and the we had our activity hot spot. There was a feeding flock of Chickadees, Titmice and Goldfinches. We heard a Pine Warbler before we saw them. It was a pair, male and female working the tops of the branches near the feeding flock. Just down the path we bumped into a pair of Brown Thrashers, and just past them was a very nice looking male Eastern Towhee. Five minutes of action made up for the slow start and wound up giving us another nice walk on Tuesday.


UPDATE: 4/21/2014
Connetquot River State Park Preserve Nature Walk Recap

Connetquot River State Park Preserve Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A walk in the park.

On a beautiful spring morning a troop of fifteen birders set out for a walk in Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Right off the bat, a Yellow-throated Warbler was heard and seen by the group. This bird is expanding its breeding range and now this is the third year they have been seen in CRSPP. Then, soon after we spotted a pair of Eastern Bluebirds in box fifteen in the paddock. Overall we had thirty nine species of birds this morning. There were painted turtles sunning themselves in the ponds near the hatchery.

We were joined by students from the East IsIip School system who were working on their science nature project. They are fun to have along. We walked the three miles around the lake, up the yellow trail to the hatchery and down the red trail back to the main buildings.

It was a good morning for a walk and we took full advantage of it.


UPDATE: 4/9/2014
2014 NYSOA Annual Meeting/New York State Birders Conference

2014 NYSOA Annual Meeting/New York State Birders Conference

September 19 - 21, 2014, Cayuga Bird Club, Ithaca, NY

For more details, download the PDF.

Register online at or with registration form here.

Contact Donna Scott at 607-533-7228 or by email with any questions.


UPDATE: 4/8/2014
Heckscher State Park Nature Walk Recap

Heckscher State Park Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

After the rain last night the morning was very misty, a few hardy troopers trying to escape cabin fever ventured forth in Heckscher State Park for some birding.

We headed up the trail out of parking lot five. We did manage to see a few birds. Early on in the walk we saw our first of the season Hermit Thrush and an Eastern Towhee. We watched a pair of Ospreys try to break a branch off a tree for their nest, they didn't get it by the time we left.

Later during our caravan around the park we spotted a Great Egret flyover and at the entrance to field seven there was a pair of Killdeer. We managed to make the best of the morning.


UPDATE: 4/2/2014
Jamaica Bay Nature Walk Recap

Jamaica Bay Nature Walk Recap

Recap by Ken Thompson

A gorgeous day at Jamaica Bay!

What a great day after the surprise snow storm yesterday, mild temps, little to no wind and bright sunshine. Add to that some nice signs of spring from arriving birds.

The pair of Ospreys were on their nest south of the west trail, Tree Swallows were flying around their nest boxes and we saw our first Snowy Egret of the season. There were plenty of Red-wing Blackbirds and Robins around as well, spring is ready to spring.


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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