NORTH SHORE AUDUBON SOCIETY
SERVING THE WESTERN NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND,
Our mission is: to promote, protect and preserve
the environment and the birds that inhabit it through education,
advocacy and leadership.
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Manhasset Public Library
30 Onderdonk Ave. at Northern Blvd. 7 p.m.
Open to the public and free of charge
Membership meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, unless
noted. 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.
us on our friendly walks
GARDENING FOR BIRDS
By Jennifer Wilson-Pines
NSAS Co-President and avid gardener Jennifer Wilson-
Pines will explore the concepts of Wildlife Value
and Connection in planning and planting your yard.
Enjoy a break from the cold and learn how to make your
yard more bird friendly.
Learn landscaping planning
techniques and plant selections that will draw new birds
to your yard, since not all birds come to seed feeders.
Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Hummingbirds are tiny, colorful creatures which have
amazing abilities. See them up close
and sometimes in slow motion to find out
how they manage their extraordinary feats.
Tuesday, March 25
Incorporating Native Plants in the Landscape
Are invasive plants taking over your garden? As a
Master Gardener, Roxanne Zimmer is knowledgeable
about all kinds of plants and will present a program on
how to incorporate native plants, appropriate plants,
into your garden. This is the time of year to get yourself
ready for the best garden ever!
Northern Nassau Christmas
December 21, 2013
The count was held Saturday December 21, the
winter solstice and shortest day of the year. Despite being
the nadir of the year, it was a balmy, spring-like day with
high temperatures near 60. Mild temperature following a cold
snap that froze most ponds had us wondering what birds would
still be hanging around. The answer– a lot. Over 45,000
individual birds were identified. Within the past decade counts
have been as low as 23,000 individuals. Birders from Huntington
Oyster Bay Audubon, North Shore Audubon, South Shore Audubon
and Queens County Bird Club participated in the count and having
a lot of expert eyes probably helped raise the numbers. The
compilation and dinner were held this year at the Audubon Theodore
Roosevelt Sanctuary in Oyster Bay.
For detailed Christmas Count information,
go to the birding page
17th Annual Great Backyard Bird
Friday, Feb. 14 through Monday, Feb 17
The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual
four-day event to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds
are. GBBC checklists can be accepted from anywhere in the world.
Everyone is welcome. Take as little as 15 minutes on one day,
or count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s
free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds. Participants
tally the number of individual birds of each species they see
during their count period. They enter these numbers on the GBBC
website. New participants must set up a free GBBC account to
submit their checklists or use login information froman existing
account for any other Cornell Lab citizen- science project.
You’ll only need to do this once to participate in all
future GBBC events. As the count progresses, anyone with Internet
access can explore what is being reported. Participants may
also send in photographs for the GBBC photo contest. Go to http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/
to set up an account and view past counts.
WANT YOU FOR NSAS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have not yet joined,
Click here for membership application form
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.
For more information: 516-922-3200, email@example.com
Saturday, January 18: Bird Banding and Breakfast
8:00am-10:00am. Ages 10+.
Friday, January 24: Owl Prowl
6:30- 8:00 pm. Ages 8+.
Sunday, January 26: Winter Wonder Nature Hike
1:00pm. All Ages.
Saturday, March 8: Birdwatching for Beginners
9:00am- 10:30am. Ages 11+
Friday, March 14: Nature After Dark
6:30pm. Ages 7+
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 schedule Workshops Pre-registration
and fee required
Sculpture Workshop Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30pm
Jewelry Workshop Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, or 1-4
Tuesday, January 21- Friday, January 31 -Native American
Artist Film Series. Enjoy a different film each day about
different Native American art including pottery, basket
making, painting, jewelry, sculpture and more. Showings
at 11 am, 1 pm, & 3 pm each day.
Included with museum general admission $3.00/adults,2.00/children
Valentine paper-making- Make beautiful Valentine’s
out of recycled paper and dried flowers. $5.00 craft fee.
11 am - 3 pm, ongoing
President’s Week Activities: Tuesday, February
18 -Saturday, February 22. Native American Games of North
America; pottery making; arrowhead necklace craft; rock,
fossil, & artifact identification day, and more! Check
our website for developing details of all upcoming events
Friday, March 21st - Recycled Bird house craft - Make
a “green” bird house for our feathered friends
this Spring. $5.00 craft fee.
11 am - 3 pm, ongoing
Saturday, March 22nd. World Water Day Activities. 11
am, In recognition of this year’s theme “Water
and Energy”, join us for a fascinating stream table
demonstration that shows the true energy and power water
has on shaping our Earth. Then, we will take a short walk
along the beach to see some natural geological
features caused by water. Also enjoy the film, “Planet
Earth: Mountains & Fresh Water” being shown
throughout the day.
AUDUBON 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW:
PROTECTING BIRDS AND THEIR HABITAT
11 Million Acres Saved in Alaska.
The Interior Department announced permanent protection for
11 million acres of critical Arctic bird habitat in Northwest
Alaska. Many of our most familiar migratory birds began life
in this vast wilderness of the Western Arctic Reserve.
GBBC Goes Global. The Great
Backyard Bird Count became a worldwide event in 2013. More
than 104,000 people from 107 countries identified a staggering
A “Stork Occasion” in
the Everglades. Audubon and conservation partners
reached a settlement that will prevent destruction of more
than 1100 acres of wetlands adjacent to the renowned Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to the nation’s
largest breeding colony of endangered Wood Storks.
Western Rivers Action Network. All
politics is local, a fact that underlay the launch of a new
citizen action network to save endangered river habitats in
Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. At stake is habitat for
priority birds like the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and vulnerable
migrants like the Golden Eagle.
Hummingbirds at Home. Is
climate change impacting hummingbird migration or breeding
success? We’ve turned to citizen science for the answers
by launching Hummingbirds at Home, a smartphone-based tracking
project. In the first year, more than 8,400 volunteer spotters
reported over 21,000 hummingbird sightings, adding critical
intelligence to conservation efforts.
Saving the River of Raptors.
Audubon Pennsylvania and allies won a 10-year battle to prevent
constructionof a huge car racing resort on the Kittatinny
Ridge. The ridge is a critical migratory path for millions
of hawks and eagles and is home to the world-famous Hawk Mountain
Thank you! Here’s to even bigger successes
North Shore Audubon www.northshoreaudubon.org
South Shore Audubon www.ssaudubon.org
HOB Audubon www.huntingtonaudubon.org
Audubon NY www.ny.audubon.org/
LI Birding www.libirding.com
Garden City Bird Sanctuary www.gcbirdsanctuary.org/
American Bird Conservancy www.abcbirds.org/
American Birding Association www.aba.org/
Cornell Lab of Ornithology www.birds.cornell.edu
E Bird www.ebird.org
Birding on the Net www.birdingonthe.net
Volunteers For Wildlife www.volunteersforwildlife.org/
STAR Foundation www.savetheanimalsrescue.org/
Don’t Throw Bald Eagles Under the Bus
By David Yarnold
The Interior Department has thrown our national bird,
the bald eagle, under the bus. The agency charged with protecting
America’s natural resources issued new regulations last week
that will grant wind companies 30-year permits to kill bald and golden
eagles—with no real oversight of the wind industry’s efforts
to mitigate eagle deaths.
So, let’s be clear: This move is all about
trying to make the numbers for the rollout of renewable energy sources
laid out in the president’s Climate Action Plan, which mandated
a doubling of renewable electricity generation by 2020.
That laudable plan promised that renewable power
would have safeguards for conservation—but this new approach
is just a blank check for the wind industry. We know climate change
is the single greatest threat to both birds and people. We support
deploying renewable energy sources aggressively and using conventional
sources more efficiently if we are to meet the challenge of our lifetime.
At the same time, bird mortality from wind turbines
is a huge cause of concern for Audubon, our members and supporters.
According to a 2013 peer-reviewed study, America’s wind farms
kill more than 573,000 birds each year, including 83,000 raptors—such
as eagles, hawks and falcons.
That doesn’t have to be. Audubon has long worked
with the wind industry to incorporate the best technology and siting
information to build wind farms that pose less risk to birds and other
wildlife. We believe that new technologies and better siting must
be combined with the necessary government oversight to ensure that
the wind industry is taking every step possible to avoid unnecessary
The Interior Department has walked away from years
of balancing the need for conservation and renewable energy—and
from conservation partners willing to work toward a win-win approach.
Under current rules, wind companies are issued five-year permits for
inadvertent eagle deaths. Those permits require the companies to take
steps to protect the birds. The new regulations extend those permits
for up to 30 years.
While the Interior Department says that it will review
wind farms every five years even under the 30-yearpermits, the agency
in charge of doing the monitor- ing—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service—told us this year it doesn't have the resources to review
every five years. That’s precisely why it asked its parent agency
to extend the permitting period.
In fact, under the two key pieces of legislation
that protect birds, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and
Golden Eagle Protection Act, the death of a single bird without a
permit is illegal. Yet, to date, the Interior Department has brought
only one case against a wind-energy company. It takes more than a
symbolic action to prove that there is a real environmental cop on
We need to learn more about the population status
of eagles and about which mitigation measures are most effective to
help avoid eagle fatalities in wind farms. Until we understand those
key questions, what we can do is create a transparent permitting process
that puts sound conservation planning at its center, while allowing
room for well-planned projects to proceed so they can be part of the
solution to climate change. That is good for conservation and good
for the wind industry.
Despite considerable pressure from Audubon and other
conservation organizations, the Interior Department said creating
a sound process would be too hard. They wouldn’t answer two
simple questions: how much would it cost to actually enforce the law;
and would the agency be willing to begin doing smart planning now,
even with incomplete information. Both of those questions could have
led to a breakthrough. Instead, we’ve been stonewalled.
The burden of protecting America’s eagles now
falls on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency that’s
dealing with steep budget cuts and, in the process, allowing more
dead eagles. It’s only been a few years since the magnificent
bald eagle was brought back from the brink of extinction and taken
off the Endangered Species List. It remains one of the great conservation
achievements of the past couple of decades. To backtrack now on protections
for our national symbol is irresponsible.
As always, Audubon will work with the government
and other partners to find balanced and reasonable solutions. We know
that won’t always be easy or comfortable for some of our constituents
who don’t want to see a single bird killed, or to others focused
on the extreme threat of climate change. But we also know that a free
pass to kill the national bird—cloaked in vague assurances of
protection—isn’t balanced or reasonable.
David Yarnold is president and CEO of the National
EARLY SPRING 2014 - BIRD WALK
Walks are for beginners
and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting, walks start
at 9:30 a.m. unless indicated otherwise. If in doubt, call the trip
leader. Please note: all phone numbers are code 516 unless
otherwise shown. In most cases, your contacts are the trip leaders.
The early winter walks are leaderless. For questions, contact Wendy
Murbach at 546-6303.
For directions, click sitefinder view.
We encourage carpooling where feasable.
||Upland Farm/Cold Spring Harbor
||Jones Beach, Coast Guard Station
||Target Rock NWR
||St. John's Pond and Cold Spring Harbor
||Jamaica Bay NWR
||Hempstead Lake State Park
||Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
||Twin Lakes Preserve
||Hempstead Lake State Park Field 2/3
||Alley Pond Park, 76th Ave Parking Lot
||Alley Pond Park
||Marine Nature Study - Oceanside
||Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
||Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
MONTHLY PROGRAM CALENDAR
These programs are held on Tuesdays at the the
Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, unless
otherwise stated, at 7 p.m.
||Birds of Australia
||Bob Dieterich and Peter Lopez
||Gardening for Birds
||Incorporating Native Plants in the Landscape