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August 30, 2014
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OFFICERS - 2014-2016

Joyce Bryk, Co-President 516-621-6678

Jennifer Wilson-Pines,

Peggy Maslow,
Vice President

Belinda Nielsen,

Micheal Henahan,




    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

    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 Center.

    Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    By Don Riepe
    OCTOBER 28

    Don has retired as Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
    Parks Manager and is now acting Director of North
    East Chapter at American Littoral Society.

    Come join us as Don takes us through the seasons of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Through his photographs he will be informing us on the regular birds, shorebirds and migrants that visit this area. In addition, he will detail ongoing bird walks, nature walks and sunset cruise trips that are offered with a naturalist leading them about Jamaica Bay.



    Ocean Conservancy
    International Beach Clean Up

    Garvies Point Beach, Glen Cove
    Sat. Oct. 4, 12 - 2 p.m.
    Veronica Natale 571-8010

    Manorhaven Park, Port Washington
    Sun. Oct 5, 9:30- 11 a.m.
    Jennifer Wilson-Pines 767-3454

    Please wear old clothes, sneakers or boots. Bring
    water ,hat, sunscreen, gloves. All ages welcome.
    Scout troops welcome.

    Fall Family Fun Day
    at Garvies Point

    September 20th

    Following the beach clean up
    Live bird and animal program from Tackapausha Museum.
    Light refreshments will be served.


    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

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



    Garvies Point Museum
    2014 Annual Thanksgiving Native American Festival

    Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd, 2014
    from 10am to 4pm
    Save the Date!

    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,
    Fall Program available soon. Check our website.

    Seatuck Birding Challenge
    Saturday, October 4, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Help promote bird watching and conservation across Long Island. Beginner, experienced and competitive birders welcome.
    Raise funds for Seatuck or your own conservation cause while increasing awareness andsupport for conservation work, educational programs and nature centers.
    •Teams of 3 and up, Special Student categories
    • Bird anywhere on Long Island, but checklists must be in by 5 p.m. at at the Suffolk County Environmental Center in Islip
    • Barbecue reception - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Awards for the most species tallied in various categories
    • Entry Fee: $50/person, $10/student, $500/Corporate
    • More information and registration at www.seatuck. org or contact Trish Manzi at (631) 581-6908 or trish@

    What’s New at Garvies Point Preserve?
    By Jilll Vomacka

    2015 when the plants are in bloom along with a possible juried bird photography contest/exhibit to celebrate the event. During the spring of 2013 the Bird Sanctuary started getting a makeover. Mr. Paul Giordano designed this area with suggestions from Veronica Natale (Director of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve) and Katheryn Natale (President of Friends of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve) and other staff at the museum.

    This Bird Sanctuary area, on the right as you enter the Preserve, has started taking on the appearance of a lush green plant grotto with a small cascading water feature that is attracting birds like bees to nectar. This area was completed this spring and is a showcase for L.I. native plants that attract birds. In the near future this area will also include benches from recycled materials, educational plant identification signage, bird houses for various species, photographs of common birds in this area, and signage informing visitors on how they can make their own backyards bird friendly.

    Feel free to visit this area and watch it emerge into a pensive green grotto for all to enjoy our feathered friends. During Garvies Point Day in August, guided tours of the new garden were a highlight of the day.

    This makeover has been made possible by donations from the Vomacka Family in memory of Elizabeth and John Vomacka, who appreciated spending curious moments with nature.

    Keep your eye out for the official ribbon cutting date in 2015 when the plants are in bloom along with a possible juried bird photography contest/exhibit to celebrate the event.



    Wonderful Websites

    Birding Resources
    North Shore Audubon
    South Shore Audubon
    HOB Audubon
    Audubon NY
    LI Birding
    Garden City Bird Sanctuary
    American Bird Conservancy
    American Birding Association
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    Birding on the Net
    Injured Wildlife
    Volunteers For Wildlife
    STAR Foundation

    President’s Message
    Jennifer Wilson-Pines

    It’s hard to believe that school is starting and fall is just a few weeks away. This was a wonderful summer full of good memories. “Our” flock of Cedar Waxwings showed up on schedule in early June when the June-berry (Amelanchier) fruit was still ripening. Between the neighbor’s black mulberry and our Juneberry they are happy campers. They stick around until the end of July, and since we see mating behavior – lots of feeding going on – we think they are probably nesting too. Immature waxwings and northern cardinals look remarkably alike, other than size, so it’s hard to tell.

    The hard winter killed a lot of plants to the ground and that was an opportunity. We moved a huge old hydrangea to a shadier spot, since it was now only a low clump -with a nearly 100 pound root ball. Now there was a big, sunny spot to fill. I could add more native plants. So in went mountain mint, pearly everlasting, deer tongue grass, little bluestem and butterfly weed-yes this is sounding a little over-crowded. This year they are only little rosettes, but next year I expect a show and lots of happy insects. Our nearly 20 year old fig killed to the ground and for a while it didn’t look like it would be back. Then a little shoot poked its head up, then another. There are tiny figs on the new shoots and if we don’t have a freeze before November we should have some to eat, if the cardinals don’t find them first. Blackberries are ripe now, and delicious. This year we planted seven heirloom tomatoes and it was a summer to their liking, and they have produced a heavy crop. Luckily I have a “300 Tomato Recipes” cookbook.





    A little farther afield, I was the docent for the Port Washington Library Nautical Advisory Council’s Tours of Manhasset Bay on the Port Washington Water Taxi’s Charles River. It was gladdening to see the abundant life on the water; blue fish boils with bunker flipping on the surface trying to escape their predators, six Osprey nests with successful fledglings, a pair of Forster's Terns who determinedly nest on a work float every year, and this year the young survived. One year I was the sad witness to a Great Black-backed Gull attack on the little family. Great Blue Herons and Egrets stalked the shore, killdeer and other plovers skittered in the tide zone, terns flew strafing runs, and the accumulations of clam and mussel shells dropped by gulls on blacktops around the bay spoke of clean water and plenty.

    The Long Island Sound Study is revising the CCMP (Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan) after 20 years and you have chance to contribute. Go to the LISS website to register for one of the public sessions,
    updating-the-comprehensive-conservation-and-management-plan. In our area there will be a meeting on Tuesday, Sept 16 from 1-3 at the “Yes We Can” Center at 141 Garden Street, Westbury. You can read the proposed plan online or download it -all 205 pages.



    Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
    Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated otherwise.
    If in doubt, please call the trip leader.
    Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated.
    In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
    Go to our website at directions.
    We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.

      Wed 9/3 Hempstead Lake State Park Steve Schellenger 987-8103  
      Sat 9/6
    Garvies Point Preserve
    Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391  
      Wed 9/10 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Stephane Perreault (Note 1) 423-0947  
      Sat 9/13 Shu Swamp Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed. 9/17 St. Josaphat's Monastery Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Sat 9/20 Muttontown Preserve Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed 9/24 Sands Point Preserve (Note 2)

    Peggy Maslow (Note 1)

      Sat 9/27 Alley Pond Park Joan Parry
    Trudy Horowitz


      Wed 10/1 Hoffman Center Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Sat 10/4 Garvies Point Preserve Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed 10/8 Kissena Park Rich Kelly 516-509-1094  
      Sat 10/11 Upper Francis Pond
    Bailey Arboretum
      Wed 10/15 Bethpage State Park Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Sat 10/18 Alley Pond Park (233 St./67th Ave;
    E. End of school playground)
    Last minute change: Leaderless    
      Wed 10/22 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Rich Kelly 516-509-1094  
      Sat 10/25 Nature Study Area, Oceanside Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 10/29 Planting Field Arboretum Joyce Bryk 621-6678  
      Sat 11/1 Jamaica Bay NWR Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391  
      Wed 11/5 Point Lookout (SE corner of parking lot)
    Lido Beach Preserve
    Steve Schellenger 516-987-8103  
      Sat 11/8 Massapequa Preserve (LIRR parking lot) Joyce Bryk 621-6678  
      Wed 11/12 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Sat 11/15 Stehli Beach (west end of Bayville) Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed 11/19 Nassau Fine Arts Museum, Roslyn Peggy Maslow 883-2130  
      Sat 11/22 North Shore Duck Walk
    (meet at Macy's in Manhasset)
    Jennifer Wilson-Pines 767-3454  
      Sat 12/20 North Shore Christmas Bird Count Mary Normandia 671-4359  

    Note 1: There will be two start times, at 7:30 and 9:30. Call leader for details
    Note 2: Parking fee at Sands Point is $10 per vehicle.



    These programs are held on Tuesdays at the the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, unless otherwise stated, at 7 p.m.

    October 28 Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Don Riepe