NORTH SHORE AUDUBON SOCIETY

SERVING THE WESTERN NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND, N.Y.

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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April 18, 2014
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Ms. Claudia Matyas
Mr. Donal F. McCarthy
Ms. Harriet Lewis
Mr Jon Peterson
Mr. Walter F. Wientge, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tedesco
Ms. Sally Zweibach
Ms. Felice Delape
Dr. Philip Steiner
Joyce and Donald Bryk
Mr. John Keane
Mr. James Jones
Mr. John C. Sauter
Ms. Kathryne Natale
Ms. Anne Codey
Ms. Theresa McQuaid
Mr. Donald B. Hamel
Mr. Guenther W. Merz
Ms. Irene Baydarian
Mr. Howard Schechter
William and Dorothy Titus
Ms. Joan Parry
Mary & Gary Miller
Ms. Stepheni Meister
Ms. Barbara Stark
Mr. Ronald Roel
Mrs. Phyllis Edelstein
Ms. Sherry Huber
Ms. Jean Henning
Ms. Cathy Fleming
Jennifer Wilson-Pines and James Pines
Ms. Belinda Nielsen
Mr. Donald Lutz
Ms. Roni Downey
Michael and Angela Trombetta
Ms. Patricia Roos
Mr. Dwight Arnesen
Mr. Michael Henahan
David and Julie Howell
Ms. Linda Rabino
Dr. Martin G. Bialer
Ms. Lenore Swenson
Mr. Paul Silchenstedt
Ms. Mary Edwards


  • MONTHLY PROGRAMS

    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
    http://www.nassaulibrary.org/manhass

    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.

    Join us on our friendly walks


    April 22
    American Redstarts
    with Stephane Perreault

    Stephane, an expert North Shore field trip leader, will give us a personal view of this lively little warbler. These sweet-singing birds nest in open woodlands, and can be seen here on Long Island during breeding season. The male American Redstart is coal-black with vivid orange patches on the sides, wings, and tail, and often seen hopping among tree branches in search of insects or indulging in its distinctive habit of dropping down suddenly in pursuit of a flying insect, then fanning its brightly marked tail from side to side. Find out what makes these little startlers tick.

    May 27
    Warblers
    with Joe Guinta


    Warblers are jewels of the birding world. Their brilliantly colored plumage and delightful songs make them the most desired birds to see and identify during spring migration. Joe Giunta, an expert in the field, will give us information regarding the 35 species of warblers that are regularly seen in this area. He’ll also have slides and some birdsong to enhance this presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to spot and identify these glorious creatures.



    Why Fracking is the Wrong Solution to
    our Energy Problems
    by Peggy Maslow

    A Febrary article in The New York Times stated that because fracking releases so much methane gas in the process of getting natural gas, it is not a clean fuel. The article warned that because the industry is fighting regulations to control the release of methane gas in the fracking process, fracking is a major force contributing to global warming.

    The issue of fracking has been on my mind since I watched the Gasland 2 DVD right before reading this article. I had seen Gasland 1 a few years ago. This movie was more upsetting than the first one. The coziness of the politicians with the fracking businesses reminded me of the same collusion of politicians with the robber barons before President Teddy Roosevelt tried to break up the trusts that were ruining the lives of the working people they employed and the environment. I just finished reading Doris Kearnes Goodwin’s book, Bully Pulpit, about TR, Taft and the wonderful journalists who research and exposed this relationship between politicians and trusts and the unfair practices of the trusts. It’s being repeated again with fracking and this movie presents the evidence. Many lives and the environment are being ruined by fracking, and natural gas from fracking has been shown to be a poor choice for an energy source in this era of climate change.



    WE 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 pmaslows@gmail.com


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


    WHAT'S NEW?

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary
    134 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay (516) 922-3200
    http://ny.audubon.org/CentersEdu_TRoosevelt.html

    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, gtudda@audubon.org

    Wednesday, April 9: Bird Walk at Nassau County Museum of Art
    9:00 am. Ages 11+

    Saturday, April 12: Kids Night Out! Wilderness Warriors
    6:00pm- 8:30 pm. Ages 8+.
    $25/ child. Registration required.15 child limit

    Saturday, April 19: Eggstravaganza
    Session 1: 10:30-11:30am (toddlers only)
    Session 2: 12:30-1:30pm (kids 4-10)
    Session 3: 2:30-3:30pm (kids 4-10)
    Kids ages 4-10 (with parents)
    Members $5 per child / Nonmembers $8 per child
    Adults - suggested $2 donation
    Popular Program - Registration Required!

    Feather Fest at TR Sanctuary
    Saturday, May 10, 1-4 p.m.
    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary will hold its First Annual Feather Fest. Enjoy a guided birdwatching walk led by an experienced naturalist, bird-themed crafts and games for the kids, purchase a wildlife-friendly native plant, and have an up-close encounter with one of our resident migratory birds. All proceeds will benefit our education programs and conservation projects.

    Wednesday, May 14: Bird Walk at Nassau County Museum
    of Art
    9:00 am. Ages 11+

    Saturday, May 17: Birdwatching for Beginners
    9:00am-10:30am. Ages 11+



    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
    www.garviespointmuseum.com

    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

    Spring Break!

    Tuesday, April 15th
    GEOLOGY WALK • 2 pm. What’s that rock? Where’d it come from?
    SAND-CASTING • 11 am – 3 pm.
    Make a unique work of art using sand and seashells to
    have a beautiful keepsake.
    Film: “Eyewitness: Seashore” (35 mins.)

    Wednesday, April 16th
    LIVE ANIMALS • 12:30 & 1:30 pm
    See a Great Horned Owl, Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern Screech Owl and more! In cooperation with Tackapausha Museum & Preserve.
    NATURE SAND-ART • 11 am – 3 pm
    Film: “MicroCosmos” (75 mins.)

    Thursday, April 17th
    BIRD WALK • 1 pm
    Learn how to find and identify our favorite birds of field and woods. Plus learn how to use binoculars. Feel free to bring your own.
    BIRD-HOUSE CRAFT • 11 am – 3 pm
    Make a “green” bird house using recycled materials.
    Film: “Birding for Kids” (30 mins.)

    Friday, April 18th
    SPRING NATURE WALK • 11 am
    Join us on a naturalist led spring walk.
    NATURE MOSAIC CRAFT • 11 am – 3 pm
    Film: “All About Animal Adaptations” (23 mins.)

    Saturday, April 19th • 11 am – 3 pm
    DINOSAUR DAY Explore the world of dinosaurs!
    Learn about dinosaurs from our Geologists, see and touch real fossils, try out our fossil “dig”, PLUS make your own “fossil” to take home! $5/personFilm: “Bizarre Dinosaurs” (50 mins.)

    All programs and crafts appropriate for all ages. All programs
    and crafts are included with museum general admission
    ($3/adult, $2/child 5-12 years) except where noted for Dinosaur Day.





    Wonderful Websites

    Birding Resources
    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
    Injured Wildlife
    Volunteers For Wildlife www.volunteersforwildlife.org/
    STAR Foundation www.savetheanimalsrescue.org/





    President’s Message
    Jennifer Wilson-Pines

    As I sat to write this message, I received an email from David Yarnold, the president of National Audubon, about another oil spill on the Texas gulf coast - right at the height of migration. An NPR radio segment mentioned that Audubon volunteers were already working to find and clean birds that had been coated with oil.

    A barge containing a million gallons of heavy, toxic fuel had collided with another vessel in Galveston Bay Saturday. As much as 168,000 gallons of oil had already been released into the water. The spill took place near the globally important Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, a critical wintering and stopover habitat for as many as 70,000 migratory shorebirds. The flats host congregations of Piping, Snowy and Wilson’s Plovers and other shorebirds, including Long-billed Curlew and Red Knots.

    Jamie and I visited this area many years ago and that visit created one of my most magical memories. We had been working our way along the shore line, which is peppered with refuges and parks providing amazing bird and scenery watching. As it neared sunset we were on Galveston Island. The sky was a palette of shimmering gold and rose, reflecting in the calm waters. The air was still and peaceful. We stopped and waited. Suddenly a small chubby bird with a long beak popped out of the reeds – it was a Rail. This is a nice sighting any day, but it just kept getting better. After a few moments of caution, more rails began to pop out of the reeds, paddling in the shallow water, probing for food, making odd little squeaking noises, until there were six in all. When it seemed it couldn’t get any more perfect, a small flock of Spoonbills soared overhead, wings echoing the gold and rose of the sky as the setting sun illuminated their feathers. We sat and watched until it was almost too dark to see, the sunset reduced to a thin streak of intense crimson along the horizon. Just thinking about this again makes me smile in pleasure.

    Just thinking about this beautiful and fragile ecosystem being devastated by a coating of thick, gooey oil makes me want to alternately cry or scream with rage. Why haven’t we learned from the lessons of the past -the very recent past… Exxon Valdez, Deepwater Horizon...oil and water don’t mix.

    So far there have not been many birds affected but that may change. I am proud that members of Audubon were the first to step forward to make a helpful contribution in this situation. This is what is best about Audubon – members expressing their love and admiration for birds and wildlife by taking positive action. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as rescuing oiled birds, there are plenty of ways to put your good thoughts into action, even in small ways. Take a bag with you on a walk and pick up trash, pull

     

     


    out some invasive plants – there’s a Garlic Mustard Pull coming up at Garvies Point on April 26, or join an Earth Day event. One good source of ideas is the Audubon At Home program, http://athome.audubon.org/

    From the website, “The personal decisions that we each make every day can have significant impacts on bird conservation. From the coffee we drink to the clothing we purchase, every decision we make can effect bird populations in our local communities and abroad, and we should all strive to minimize our impact on the environment. Nowhere is this concept more apparent than when we look at our backyards. With 80% of all wildlife habitat in private ownership, and with more than 2 million acres a year converted to residential uses, our personal green spaces are becoming increasingly more important to the survival of birds. And the choices we make on how we take care of our lawns and backyards can have lasting impacts on populations of many bird species that depend on these places to nest, breed and feed.

    When it comes to the lawn care products and plants you use, many can have a negative effect on the environment. A majority of homeowners do not think about the consequences of the products they the use on their lawns, or even know they are applying toxic chemicals. The reality is that non-native plant species, pesticides, herbicides, and other lawn chemicals don’t create a healthy backyard habitat for birds, wildlife, plants, and people.

    Through the Audubon At Home campaign, we are working across the state to inspire homeowners to embrace a new “lawn ethic”. Instead of looking at one’s lawn as just a grass patch, we seek to encourage homeowners to see their lawns as a backyard habitat that can and should support a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. A healthy, bird-friendly backyard habitat consists of a diverse range of native plant and grass species, which naturally require less maintenance and care as they are already adapted to the local environment.”

    The website has lots of sound, practical ideas for improving your home, yard and neighborhood. As spring arrives and thoughts turn to gardening, it’s a good time to ensure that your yard is a source of refuge and resources for birds.

    Good birding starts with healthy homes and yards.

    nt and CEO of the National Audubon Society.

     


     

    SPRING 2014 - BIRD WALK SCHEDULE

    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.

    Wed. 1/8/14 Stehli Beach    
    Wed. 1/15 Twin Lakes    
    Wed. 1/22 Upland Farm/Cold Spring Harbor    
    Wed. 1/29 Jones Beach, Coast Guard Station    
    Wed. 2/5 Target Rock NWR    
    Wed. 2/12 Point Lookout    
    Wed. 2/19 St. John's Pond and Cold Spring Harbor    
    Wed. 2/26 Jamaica Bay NWR    
    Wed. 3/5 Kissena Park    
    Wed. 3/12 Hempstead Lake State Park    
    Sat. 3/15 Stehli Beach Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
    Wed. 3/19 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Wendy Murbach 546-6303
    Sat. 3/22 Twin Lakes Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375
    Wed. 3/26 Hempstead Lake State Park Field 2/3 Wendy Murdach 546-6303
    Sat. 3/29 Alley Pond Park, 76th Ave Parking Lot Trudy Horowitz
    Joan Perry
    718-224-8432
    365-7191
    Wed. 4/2 Shu Swamp Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
    Sat. 4/5 Muttontown Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375
    Wed. 4/9 Alley Pond Park

    Lenore Figueroa
    Trudy Horowitz

    718-343-1391
    718-224-8432
    Sat. 4/12 Marine Nature Study - Oceanside Ralph Matragrano 785-3375
    Wed. 4/16 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Ralph Matragrano 785-3375
    Sat. 4/19 Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Lenore Figueroa

    718-343-1391

    Wed. 4/23 Alley Pond Park Trudy Horowitz
    Stephanie Perrault
    718-224-8432
    423-0947
    Sat. 4/26 Garvies Point Preserve Barbara Garriel 628-9022
    Wed. 4/30 Muttontown Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375Sat
    Sat. 5/2 St. Josaphat's Monastery Barbara Garriel

    628-9022

    Wed. 5/7 Welwyn Preserve Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
    Sat. 5/10 Alley Pond Park, 76th Ave (meet there)
    6:30 a.m. starting time
    BIG DAY (see Note 1)
    Ian Resnick (QCBC)

    917-626-9562

    Wed. 5/14 Lido Beach Passive Nature Area (see Note 2) Stephanie Perrault
    Barbara Garriel
    423-0947
    628-9022
    Sat. 5/17 Nassau Fine Arts Museum Peggy Maslow 883-2130
    Wed. 5/21 Upper Francis Pond and Bailey Arboretum Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
    Sat. 5/24 Jamaica Bay NWR Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391
    Wed. 5/28 Planting Fields Arboretum Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
    Wed. 7/2 Sands Point Breeding Bird Survey; 8:00 a.m. start time
    (see Note 3)
    Stephanie Perrault 423-0947
    Note 1: After lunch, the trip continues at Jamaica Bay NWR.
    Note 2: To get to the destination, from Meadowbrook Parkway south, take Loop Parkway exit 10 to Point Lookout. Bear right at the end on Lido Boulevard.
    Proceed 1/4 mile to the parking lot entrance at you right.

    Note 3: This is an advance notice of an upcoming event. The survey includes the Bank Swallow colony among other sightings.

     


    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.

    DATE TOPIC SPEAKER
    November 26 Birds of Australia Bob Dieterich and Peter Lopez
    January 28 Gardening for Birds Jennifer Wilson-Pines
    February 25 Movie Night  
    March 25 Incorporating Native Plants in the Landscape Roxanne Zimmer
    April 22 American Redstart Stephane Perreault
    May 27 Warblers

    Joe Guinta