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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Generous donors to our annual appeal.
We also had several benefactors who wish to
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
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
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
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
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.
WANT YOU FOR NSAS
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be an expert birder to serve on a committee or on the Board.
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Our Board meetings
are friendly and informal. We welcome your talent and time.
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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
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
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
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, 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 &
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
and crafts are included with museum general admission
($3/adult, $2/child 5-12 years) except where noted for
North Shore Audubon www.northshoreaudubon.org
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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/
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
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.
||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
||Alley Pond Park
||Garvies Point Preserve
||St. Josaphat's Monastery
||Alley Pond Park, 76th Ave (meet there)
6:30 a.m. starting time
BIG DAY (see Note
|Ian Resnick (QCBC)
||Lido Beach Passive Nature Area (see Note 2)
||Nassau Fine Arts Museum
||Upper Francis Pond and Bailey Arboretum
||Jamaica Bay NWR
||Planting Fields Arboretum
||Sands Point Breeding Bird Survey; 8:00 a.m. start time
(see Note 3)
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.
||Birds of Australia
||Bob Dieterich and Peter Lopez
||Gardening for Birds
||Incorporating Native Plants in the Landscape