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OFFICERS - 2014-2016

Joyce Bryk, Co-President 516-621-6678

Jennifer Wilson-Pines,

Peggy Maslow,
Vice President

Belinda Nielsen,

Micheal Henahan,




    Evening Programs at the
    Manhasset Public Library

    30 Onderdonk Ave. at Northern Blvd. 7 p.m.
    Open to the public and free of charge
    Handicap accessible

    Membership meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month.
    Bring your toner & ink cartridges or old cellphones
    to the membership meeting.
    Barbara Garriel will donate them to the green recycle program Recycle4Education to benefit the Wolf Conservation Center.

    February 24
    Professor Doug Robinson

    American Crows

    Professor Doug Robinson is an evolutionary biologist whose teaching and research experiences have focused on organismal biology and behavior. He has taught classes on animal behavior, ecology, ornithology, vertebrate biology, general biology, environmental science, and human anatomy and physiology.
    The questions that guide his research revolve around how behavior is shaped by ecological and social environ ments.

    March 24
    Kerri Dikun
    Shore Birds

    Kerri will discuss her work as the Long Island Bird Conservation Coordinator for Audubon New York. Protecting threatened birds like Piping Plovers and Least Terns is as much a matter of public education as exclusion fencing. A native of Long Island, Kerri’s interest in birds began as an undergraduate working as a Piping Plover and Least Tern steward on the coasts of Long Island and Connecticut.

    Kerri earned a Master’s of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC where her research focused on nest-site selection of Wilson’s Plovers and included organizing a state-wide Wilson’s Plover survey. Since graduate school, she has held a number of positions focused on endangered species, including Piping Plovers and Least Terns as well as species of concern like Wilson’s Plovers and American Woodcock.

    Save the Date
    April 28

    Our own Stephane Perreault presents
    Birding by ear on Long Island:
    Spring Warbler Songs

    For birders who would like to learn or review warbler songs as we enter the core of spring migration. The songs of 30 locally common and uncommon warblers will be presented in practical learning groups. Traditional tools such as digital recordings, sonagrammes, and catchy phrases will be used to get a handle on the identification of our warblers by ear.
    For a practical experience, this seminar will be paired with optional local field trips on the mornings of May 6 and May 13
    (no pre-registration required).

    Stephane has been actively birding on Long Island since 1995, and has lead field trips for the NSAS for the last three years. Prior to living in Southern NY, Stephane studied Ornithology at McGill University, and published breeding studies on American Redstart and Yellow Warbler.


    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
    134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay (516) 922-3200

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary was founded in 1923. Today, through high-quality programs and a professional staff, TR provides natural science education to children and adults on Long Island and beyond. Most programs are family friendly, held at the Sanctuary. Call for fees and to reserve programs.

    Friday, February 20 - Discover Owls
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ages 6+.
    Saturday, February 21 - Birdwatching for Beginners
    9:00 a.m. Ages 10+.
    Wednesday, February 25 - Tails & Tales: Snakes!
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. All Ages
    Saturday, February 28 - Winter Wonderland Wander
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. All Ages
    Friday, March 6 - Discover Owls
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, March 14 - Meet Our Raptors
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. All Ages.
    Sunday, April 12 - Sunday Funday: Eat or Be Eaten!
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    For more information: 516-922-3200,

    Garvies Point Museum & Preserve
    50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove 571-8010
    Closed Sunday & Mondays
    Movies, walks and gallery talks included with admission to the Museum. $3 adults, $2 children 5-12

    Nature Films Tues, Fri & Sat, check website for

    Workshops with pre-registration and fee required.

    Jewelry Workshop: Wednesdays 10 am - 1 pm
    NEW Enameling Workshop: Fridays 10 am - 1 pm
    NEW Metals Workshop: Fridays 1:30 - 3:30 pm



    Wonderful Websites

    Birding Resources
    North Shore Audubon
    South Shore Audubon
    HOB Audubon
    Audubon NY
    LI Birding
    Garden City Bird Sanctuary
    American Bird Conservancy
    American Birding Association
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    Birding on the Net
    Injured Wildlife
    Volunteers For Wildlife
    STAR Foundation



    You've already joined - how about getting more involved?
    You don't need to be an expert birder to serve on a committee or on the Board.
    Are you good with computers, writing, meeting people, publicity or organizing?

    Our Board meetings are friendly and informal. We welcome your talent and time.
    Please call Peggy Maslow at 883-2130 or e-mail

    If you have not yet joined,
    Click here for membership application form

    Remembering Mary

    Long time member, Mary Eschwei, passed away in December. She was an active part of the chapter for many years, serving on the board, lending her home for meetings, and giving slide shows on her extensive travels. Two friends recall her generous, thoughtful qualities.

    Ralph Cioffi On Dec 10 I was leafing through the pages of Newsday when I saw a familiar face smiling up at me. It was the friendly face of Mary Eschwei and it headed the obituary notice of her passing on Dec 7. After my initial sadness, I began to think of the first time I saw that smile. It was at a Audubon function. It was the first of several meetings in which we realized we shared some common bonds. There was our love of birds, of course, but it turns out we were neighbors. She lived in Sea Cliff and I lived a robin’s flight away in Glen Cove. Furthermore, we both had attended Sea Cliff Public Schools and Mary was a chemist employed in a lab run by Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, the very same university where I had spent a year studying Chemistry. I got to appreciate Mary even more when she served on the Audubon board. She was always supportive and helpful in promoting all our birding and conservation proposals; as such she worked hard to help make our 25th anniversary dinner a big success.

    Every Christmas Mary would bring me a small ornament made of colorful plastic for my holiday tree, one of many ornaments that she personally crafted at home as gifts for friends. This led to her inviting me to her basement to see her workshop where she produced these gifts. There I saw a marvelously amazing collection of miniature lathes and machinery that could have come from some Lilliputian factory.

    Mary loved to travel and explore. On a bicycling trip through the Catskills, she and her friend Zu Proly came upon a quaint inn which they loved so much that they made it the goal of an annual visit. Each time they invited enough birding friends to fill its rooms so that for a few days it became a private birders’ lodge. In time Mary invited me to be one of those lucky guests. While there we two birded together, spending our mornings and afternoons looking out from the back seat of Helen and Bob McClure’s car happily spotting birds and smiling all the while.

    Mary was a true giver. She volunteered wherever she could to help the needy. One evening, a few years ago, a group of us, including Mary, were driving to an Audubon meeting. We had to stop twice along the way, once for Mary to buy food and then again for her to deliver it to an elderly Sea Cliff lady. As we continued on our way, Mary sat quietly, not boasting of her good deed and the rest of us sat quietly in awe of her great generosity.

    I have many memories of Mary and they are all beautiful.







    Helen McClure Mary was an early member of our Audubon Chapter and contributed in every way she could. She was on the board for many years as our program and publicity chairwoman but she also did the little jobs that no one else wanted to do.

    Mary presented detailed and humorous slide programs about her nature trips. I still recall her program about hiking part of the Adirondack Trail with with Zu Proly. She mentioned that she cut the strings and tags off her tea bags in order to save a sliver of backpack weight.

    Mary knew how to construct things. She had a workshop in her basement where she pursued her interests, and made many little intricate Christmas ornaments for her friends.

    She worked at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and helped many graduate students with their lab work and thus their degrees. I remember that she would leave Sea Cliff at 5:30 AM to beat the traffic. Then she would read in her car till the college opened.

    She had her father’s love of baseball and was on a team that played on weekends in Central Park. She and a friend also owned a ski lodge upstate. Probably best of all, she was an ardent traveler and explored many different habitats in our curious world.

    After she retired, she flung herself into volunteer work: Catholic charities, projects at the Sea Cliff Museum, Audubon activities, and leading children’s programs at Garvies Preserve. Kathryne Natale will attest that she was available whenever she was needed for programs. For the woodland walks, she carried a packet. When the hickory nuts under the trees had disintegrated, she would produce her sample nut. Then the
    students could scour the ground for the pieces
    of the remnants of a nut.

    Mary was a remarkable person. It was my privilege
    to know her for many years.




    Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
    Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated by ***, in which case,
    the walk will start at 6:30 am on BIG Day.

    If in doubt, please call the trip leader.
    Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated.
    In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
    Go to our website at directions.
    We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.

      Sat 3/14 Stehli Beach Linda Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed 3/18 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Wendy Murbach 546-6303  
      Sat 3/21` Massapequa Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 3/25 Hempstead Lake State Park (Field 2/3) Steve Schellenger 987-8103  
      Sat 3/28 APEC (Alley Pd. Envir Ctr.) Trudy Horowitz 718-224-8432  
      Wed 4/1 Shu Swamp Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Sat 4/4 Muttontown Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 4/8 Alley Pond Park Lenore Figueroa
    Trudy Horowitz
      Sat 4/11 Oceanside Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 4/15 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Rich Kelly


      Sat 4/18 Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391  
      Wed 4/22 Alley Pond Park Rich Kelly 509-1094  
      Sat 4/25 Hempstead Lake State Park (Field 2/3) Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Wed. 4/29 Muttontown Preserve Rich Kelly 509-1094  
      Sat 5/2 St. Josaphat's Monastery Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Wed 5/6 Garvies Point Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Sat 5/9 BIG DAY Alley Pond Park 76th Ave- ***6:30 start time
    After lunch continues at Jamaica Bay for those who choose
    QCBC Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562  
      Wed 5/13 Forest Park Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Sat 5/16 Planting Fields Arboretum Joyce Bryk 621-6678  
      Wed 5/20 Hoffman Center Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Sat 5/23 Muttontown Preserve (South/Equestrian entrance) Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed. 5/27 Nassau Fine Arts Museum (Roslyn) Peggy Maslow



      Sat 5/30 Upper Fracis Pond and Bailey Arboretum Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  



    These programs are held on Tuesdays at the the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, unless otherwise stated, at 7 p.m.

    January 27 Film: Birds of Paradise Jennifer Wilson-Pines
    February 24 American Crows Professor Doug Robinson
    March 24 Shore Birds Kerri bikun
    April 28 Birding by ear on Long Island Stephane Perreault