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.
Last updated: May 5th, 2016
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OFFICERS - 2014-2016
Evening Programs at the
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.
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
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How and Why to Start Birding
By Rick Wright May 24th
What is that bird? How can I figure it out? Does this seem impossible? Get started or improve your birding skills while learning how birding contributes to the sciences and informs political decisions.
Dr. Wright, a native of southeast Nebraska, studied French, German, philosophy and life sciences at the University of Nebraska. He also worked in the bird collections of the State Museum and served as teaching assistant to Paul Johnsgard. After a detour to Harvard Law School, Dr. Wright took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University. His years as an academic included appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Reader at Princeton University's Index of Christian Art, and Associate Professor of German and medieval studies at Fordham University. Among his scholarly publications are two books on the Latin and German animal literature of the late Middle Ages. He is also the author of the American Birding Association's field guides to birds of New Jersey and of Arizona and of the forthcoming Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer, Dr. Wright lives in NJ with his wife Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab Gellert.
Garvies Point Museum
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, Tuesday thru Saturday
Check website for details
Pre-register and pay fee.
Jewelry Workshop Wed. 10 am to1 pm
Enameling Workshop Fri. 10 am to 1 p.m.
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
Birding on the Net www.birdingonthe.net
Injured Wildlife Volunteers For Wildlife www.volunteersforwildlife.org
STAR Foundation www.savetheanimalsrescue.org
Queens County Bird Club www.qcbirdclub.org
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.
Peggy Maslow at 883-2130 or e-mail email@example.com
If you have not yet
Click here for membership application form
Amazing Piping Plover Success at Sands Point Beaches,
by Peggy Maslow and Jennifer Wilson-Pines
A May 2nd NY Times Op-Ed article by Deborah Kramer
bemoaned the fact that migrating shorebirds are in steep decline.”
But she added, “We can help. On Long Island, volunteers and
employees of AudubonNY, US Fish and Wildlife, DEC and Nature Conservancy
are all involved in trying to help piping plover adults have young
that survive. This year was successful at Sands Point beaches where
Peggy Maslow witnessed a 100% success rate of piping plover young
fledging after hatching. She has been monitoring piping plover young
at two beaches, Half Moon Beach and Prospect Point beach in Sands
Point, for eight years as a volunteer. Working out of TR Bird Sanctuary,
AudubonNY’s employees, Long Island Bird Conservation Manager
Amanda Pachomski and technician Suzanne Jensen, supervise Peggy and
also monitor the piping plovers. At both beaches Suzanne Jensen put
up an “exclosure” to protect the four eggs laid with the
help of Port Washington resident, Anne Codey. At Prospect Point, at
Hempstead Harbor, all four young piping plovers fledged about the
first week of July, which means that they are considered survivors.
August 2 on Half Moon Beach, which is on the LI Sound, the four young
piping plovers flew. That means all eight plovers born on the two
Most of the time we have only one or two survivors
each year. Eight survivors is amazing. Peggy remembers one year she
heard that only one piping plover chick survived at Jamaica Bay from
19 pairs. There are many predators such as great black-backed gulls
and sometimes very high tides can wipe out the nests. Fewer than 600
piping plover pairs exist on the United States East coast. At Cape
Hatteras National Seashore only 2 piping plover chicks fledged this
year, the worst number since 2004. One of the dangers to young piping
plover there are off-road vehicles driven by people who don’t
want to share the beach with nesting birds.
Another first, five pairs of Double-crest ed cormorants
nested atop pilings adjacent to Manorhaven Beach Park. An additional
success story is a small colony of Common Terns, which despite the
name are listed as threatened by New York State. Four pairs have nested
on a work raft in Manhasset Bay. The owner of the raft, Capt. Matt
Meyron, leaves the raft undisturbed while the terns are nesting. This
year, 2 chicks were seen and photographed. It was a very good year
for baby birds all around; at least eight osprey nests in Manhasset
Bay produced fledged young.
CAR HITS OSPREY ROOST IN BAYVILLE
By Lindy Nielsen
For the past few years in Bayville, a pair of Ospreys
has nested on a tall pole with a platform located outside of Stehli
Beach on a very sharp turn. Each year they successfully rear two to
On the night of July 1st 2015, a car traveling at
a high speed failed to negotiate this turn and slammed into the pole,
splitting it in half. This caused the platform to tumble down onto
the side of the road with the three six-week old chicks. It is believed
the parents were close by at a roost site. They took to the air and
flew overhead calling in high pitched whistles.
When the firemen arrived they realized that they
needed an expert to attend to the three chicks, so Jim Jones, a resident
of Bayville, trained avian rescuer and past President of Volunteers
for Wildlife, was called. He found one chick was found dead on
impact, and the other two were rushed to Bailey Arboretum where Volunteers
headquarters are located. Overnight another chick died from its injuries,
leaving the remaining chick to be examined the next day by a vet.
That third chick was found to have a broken right wing, which was
immobilized and is now being cared for by the volunteers, who are
giving it antibiotics and pain killers. It was reported that within
a day or two that the parents had already begun to re-build a nest
on an adjacent electrical pole. This prompted PSEG-LI to hastily erect
another pole and platform. As of this writing, both parents remain
in the area.
The future of the remaining chick will be decided
once the wing has healed completely. One scenario would be to release
the chick back into the wild, hopefully before the parents migrate.
If that is not successful, then a wildlife organization would have
to be found which can house the chick permanently. I was informed
by a volunteer that Ospreys are not a species that do too well in
captivity. It remains to be determined what cause of action will be
SUMMER 2016 - BIRD WALK SCHEDULE Walks
are for beginners and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting,
walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated.
Please contact Wendy Murbach at 546-6303 for these walks.
Please note: all
phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated. In most
cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.
||Hempstead Harbor Preserve (west side of harbor). Plus Cedarmere and Gerry Park
||Chelsea Mansion in Muttontown
||Garvies Point Preserve
||Oceanside Marin Nature Center
||Roslyn Museum Grounds
||Hempstead Lake State Park=will be entry fee
||Cow Meadow in Freeport
||Bayard Cutting Arboretum at 10am