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.
This site maintained by Herbert Roth at Email Me
April 6, 2015
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OFFICERS - 2014-2016
Joyce Bryk, Co-President
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
Our own Stephane Perreault
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
Stephane has been actively birding on Long Island since 1995,
and has lead field trips for 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.
Insects in Focus
While many people view insects as pests or nuisances,
this largest group in the animal kingdom is incredibly
varied and important in its ecology. Many are beautiful
and hauntingly alien when viewed up close through
the camera lens. Seth Ausubel will reveal some of this
beauty and tell their stories.
Seth is a marine biologist by training and works in the
field of water quality and watershed management. He
has been an avid birder for over 20 years and has a unending
interest photographing bugs in the field. Come
join us as we explore the world of bugs in focus.
Transforming Your Yard
1. Take Audubon’s Healthy Yard Pledge
to promote bird-friendly communities. Pledge to remove invasive
exotic plants; plant native species; reduce pesticide use; conserve
water; protect water quality; and support birds and other wildlife.
2. Begin small and have a plan. “Someone always comes
up [after a talk] and says, ‘I’m going to run home
and rip out all my lawn,” says Doug Tallamy, author of
the renowned gardening book Bringing Nature Home. “That
is not my recommendation. If you take something out, be ready
to replace it.” He suggests an easier pace. “This
can be a hobby. You don’t have to do it all at once.”
Or, for instant results, hire someone to do the work. If you
already pay to have your lawn cut and cared for, you might consider
putting at least part of that budget toward managing your yard
in a way that’s more beneficial to birds.
3. Convert the salespeople at your nursery. If you go to one
with the name of a native plant that you want to buy, they will
likely take you to the closest thing in stock. “What you
say to them is, ‘That’s not what I want. Can you
get this for me?’ And if they can’t, you walk away,”
says Tallamy. “If they hear that enough they’ll
start carrying this stuff.” (Find resources that can help
you locate plants native to your region at audubonmagazine.org.)
4. Try to avoid cultivars of the native plants you’re
buying. When the horticultural industry tweaks a plant’s
features (for instance, its color or petal size and shape),
the plants may become less desirable or even incompatible with
the insects that evolved to eat them.
5. Shun the misconception that gardens brimming with native
plants look weedy. “If you go to the fine gardens of Europe,
many of the plants they display are from North America,"
says Tallamy. “So this notion that just because a plant
grows down the street, it can’t be used formally is just
an urban legend.” For some domestic inspiration, Tallamy
points to a new 3.5-acre native plant exhibit at the New York
Botanical Garden that is both beautiful and beneficial for wildlife
in one of the world’s most crowded cities.
6. There’s power in numbers. Enlist your neighbors and
wider community to help incorporate bird-friendly plantings
in yards, parks, workplaces, schoolyards, and other public areas.
Join a growing army of citizen scientists collecting data about
how birds can coexist with us and become part of Audubon’s
Hummingbirds at Home program. Visit www.hummingbirdsathome.org,
where you can also download the mobile app.
7. This winter participate in the Christmas Bird Count (birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count)
and the Great Backyard Bird Count, two ongoing citizen science
programs that help track long-term bird population trends.
8. Register your plot of habitat at YardMap (http:// content.yardmap.org/
)and document its value to birds as you make improvements.
9. Hang out at home. Half the nation’s lawn equals about
20 million acres—roughly the collective size of 15 national
parks, including Denali, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky
Mountains, and The Badlands. “We have to get rid of the
notion that nature is something you must drive to,” Tallamy
insists. “That’s why people go to national parks,
to connect with nature. You can do that right at home—every
time we look out the window or go outside.”
A version of this story ran in the July-August 2013 Audubon
issue under the title “Food Network.”
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
Tues thru Sat. check website for schedule
Children’s Summer Workshops 2015
Tuesday, July 7 - Thursday, August 20
Hands-on workshops for children 5-10 years
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday in July/August
Morning session (9:30-12:30) & Afternoon session (1-4)
Registration & pre-payment required
$100 per child per three 1/2-day session
FAMILY PLUS & HIGHER FRIENDS MEMBERS RECEIVE 10%
Workshop themes include:
Nature I: Pond study, beginner’s birding, flowers &
Nature II: Beach ecology, exploring the woods, butterflies &
Geology: rocks, minerals, fossils, erosion, L.I. geology.
Native American: culture, games, fire, pottery, tools, survival
Help Restore Garvies Preserve
Removing invasive plants from the Preserve is an important way
to restore the natural balance. We’re targeting three
invasive plants this spring Sat. April 18 Garlic Mustard Easy
- even small kids can join in Sat. May 23 Rosa Multiflora -Tougher,
it has thorns Sat. June 13 Mile-a-Minute Vine -Challenging!
This new to LI vine lives up to its other commmon name, Devil’s
tear thumb. All pulls from 10am-12. Wear long pants and closed
shoes, bring heavy work gloves. Call Veronica Natale at Garvies,
571-8010 for more information.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Wednesday April 22
Port Washington Public Library on Main St
Events noon to 9pm
Clark Botanic Garden
193 I U Willets Road, Albertson
Displays, kids crafts, live music and animals
Sunday June 7
Port Washington Town Dock
Displays, crafts, art show, children’s games, food
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 arefamily
friendly. Call for fees and to reserve programs.
Unless listed, programs are at the Sanctuary. For more
information: 516-922-3200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 10: Kid’s Night Out!
Wednesday, June 3: Bird Walk at Nassau County Museum of Art
9:00 am. Ages 11+
After Dark Adventures
6:00 pm- 8:30 pm. Ages 8+
Meet us at the Sanctuary for some “after hours”
Sunday, April 12 - Sunday Funday:
Eat or Be Eaten!
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of exciting animal-themed
strategy games. Can you run fast enough to track down
Saturday, April 18 - Meet Our Raptors
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. All Ages.
Spend a Saturday afternoon getting an unforgettable up-close
experience with our resident avian ambassadors.
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary is home to many birds
of prey including hawks, owls, falcons, and a vulture, that
can no longer live on their own in the wild.
Friday, May 1- Discover Owls
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All Ages.
Did you know there are species of amazing owls right
here on Long Island?
Saturday, May 9 - Meet Our Raptors
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All Ages.
Spend a Saturday afternoon getting an unforgettable up-
close experience with our resident avian ambassadors.
Saturday, May 16 | Rain Date: May 17 - FeatherFest
1:00- 4:00 pm
One Museum Drive, Roslyn Heights, NY 11576
Contact Noemi Fletcher (516) 484-9338 x12
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
Volunteers For Wildlife www.volunteersforwildlife.org/
STAR Foundation www.savetheanimalsrescue.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
As winter stumbles away like a mean drunk who keeps coming
back for one last swing, spring may finally be arriving- though the
snow on the vernal equinox did not inspire confidence. Never-the-less,
the snow drops have finally emerged, along with the crocus, a month
late as they were under three feet of snow when they usually pop up.
A sighting of three Great Egrets at Leeds Pond as March ran out gives
me hope that spring will come again.
Colder winters are an aspect of Climate Change;
more extreme conditions will be the new normal. The Audubon report
on Climate change and its impact on birds is available on- line, http://climate.audubon.org/
. The report is looking at changes over the next 50 years altering
habitats, food resources and a variety of factors. Short term, winters
like this can knock down species that are on the edge of their northern
range like Carolina Wrens and Northern Mockingbirds. If you kept a
suet feeder going this winter, you may have saved the life of an insect
or fruit eating bird. This long cold winter also lead to a very short
Field Notes this month. Many walks had to be canceled due to lack
of snow shoes. Birds moved to areas with better food resources.
But now is NOT the time to stop feeding. Local birds
have depleted the winter larder, and it will be months before plants
produce fruit and seed. Northern winter visitors like Dark-eyed Juncos
need to layer on fat for their trip back to the boreal forests to
breed. Insects will not emerge until the weather warms and there are
food resources. Migrating birds will arrive having spent their last
drop of energy on the trip back. Spring may be a time of renewal but
it’s also very hard on the bird population. Suet will replace
insects as a good protein source for birds that don’t eat seed.
In local news, if you drive along Manhasset Bay
on Plandome Road past Leeds Pond, you may have noticed that the Osprey
platform on the sandbar by the outfall was gone. It appears that it
came down during a winter storm. Jim Jones, who built the roost with
students from Schreiber High School originally, has built two new
poles with assistance from students. One will replace the Leeds Pond
pole and the other a roost in Sands Point that also suffered damage.
He hopes to have them in place before mid-April.
There are many festivals coming up where North Shore
will participate with a booth. The first is a new event- Earth Day
Festival at the Port Washington Library, on Wed April 22 – Earth
Day. There will be events ranging from a live animal presentation,
film, children’s crafts, environmental efforts around the world
by the ESL classes, environmental expo with over 30 groups, a special
presentation and a panel of local experts to cap the day. You can
see the schedule on the library website, www.pwpl. org . The Village
of Manorhaven will be having an Arbor Day event on Sat April 25th
in their preserve. May 2nd and 3rd is EcoFest at Clark Botanic Garden
in Albertson, and HarborFest in Port Washington on Sunday June 7.
The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary is celebrating International Migratory
Bird Day with Feather Fest on May 16th. Need to work out some angst?
Garvies Point needs you to rip, rend and destroy invasive plants.
There are three dates to target three species, Garlic Mustard, Rosa
Multifl ora and Mile-a-minute vine. We’d love to have more volunteers
to help out.
On the conservation front, a hot topic is New York
City planning to reopen 20+ wells in eastern Queens, to supplement
the upstate reservoirs when they have to close the tunnels for long
needed repairs. These wells are predicted to pump about 30 million
gallons a day. Most are in the Magothy but at least four are in the
deep Lloyd layer of the aquifer, which has been reserved for coastal
communities suff ering from salt water intrusion. The City is doing
its best to avoid a thorough SEQRA review before reopening the wells
and while they have said it will only be used during the renovation
of the tunnels bringing water from upstate, and take less than a year,
there are no restrictions to bind them to that should drought strike
or construction drag on like the Second Ave. tunnel. The USGS has
made a proposal at the request of the Port Washington Aquifer Committee
to do an intensive study of the hydrodynamics of the aquifer from
Queens out to mid Suffolk, at a cost of 3 million, which the City
does not want to pick up.
Enjoy the spring flowers and returning birds, and
think about planting some native plants in your yard to improve its
bird attraction. Good- Birding!
FALL 2015 - BIRD WALK SCHEDULE
Walks are for beginners and experienced birders
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
In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
Go to our website at http://northshoreaudubon.org/for directions.
We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.
||Alley Pond Park
||Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
||Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
||Alley Pond Park
||Hempstead Lake State Park (Field 2/3)
||St. Josaphat's Monastery
||BIG DAY Alley Pond Park 76th Ave- ***6:30 start
After lunch continues at Jamaica Bay for those who choose
|QCBC Leader: Ian Resnick
||Planting Fields Arboretum
||Muttontown Preserve (South/Equestrian entrance)
||Nassau Fine Arts Museum (Roslyn)
||Upper Fracis Pond and Bailey Arboretum
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.
||Birding by ear on Long Island
||Insects in Focus