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Last updated: December 1st, 2016
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OFFICERS - 2016-2018

Peggy Maslow,
Jill Vomacka,
Vice President
Belinda Nielsen,
Micheal Henahan,

Membership - Kathryne Natale 759-0925
Conservation - J.Wilson-Pines 767-3454
Publicity - Nancy Tognan 718-225-8064
Programs - Jill Vomacka, 671-9823 Jeanne
Millspaugh 723-0269
Field Trips - Barbara Garriel 628-9022
Leaderless Walks-Wendy Murbach 546-6303
Editor - Jennifer Wilson-Pines 767-3454
Hospitality - Don & Joyce Bryk
Special Projects - Jill Vomacka





    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, unless noted.

    Join us on the friendly walks, Saturdays Sept. - Dec. and March - May Wednesdays year round.

    North Nassau Christmas Bird Count Sat December 17
    FILM The Murder of Crows

    It's that time of year again when groups of experienced birders hit the trails and feeders to count as many birds as they can pound out in a 24 hour period. You will see us with binoculars in hand along roads, scouring beaches, parading through back yards (with permission of course) all in the name of the National Audubon Society annual Christmas Bird Count. You can fi nd lots of information about this 100+ year old citizen science project on the website. If you consider yourself a good birder able to identify 75+ common species of bird and you have nothing better to do on December 17, give Jennifer Wilson-Pines a buzz and she'll incorporate you into a designated area so you can help count and join in the fun. Bring lunch and be willing to car pool and get cold. The count circle starts around Manhasset Bay to the west, up through Lloyd Neck to the east, and down south into Westbury.

    The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary in Oyster Bay Cove will host the compilation and covered dish dinner to follow. We are privileged to have North Shore, South Shore and Huntington Audubon Societies take part in this once a year event. Count starts at midnight on 12/17 and ends at dusk when we meet at the T.R. Sanctuary. Call if you are interested or if you would simply like to report your backyard feeder birds into the totals. Jennifer Wilson-Pines 516-767-3454

    January 24, 2017
    FILM The Murder of Crows

    PBS special on one of the most intelligent species on our planet... the crow.

    Crows are sometimes seen as a nuisance bird and can even seem scary if you've seen "The Birds". However as a species they are remarkably intelligent. They are able to use tools, recognize each other's voices, are social, mate for life, and raise young for up to five years. They are remarkable. Come join us to learn even more about what these amazing feathered friends can do.

    November 22
    Chimney Swifts and People: Past, Present and Future

    by John Connors

    An overview of chimney swifts from the perspective of a young man who as a child, birded with the sneaker wearing lady members of the Lyman Langdon Audubon Society. John Conner now lives in North Carolina where he works to create Chimney Swift habitats. These fascinating birds require human built structures for breeding.


    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

    Nature Films, Tuesday thru Saturday Check website for details

    Pre-register and pay fee.
    Jewelry Workshop Wed. 10 am to 1 p.m.
    Enameling Workshop Fri. 10 am to 1 p.m.

    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
    Queens County Bird Club

    Help NSAS Cut Costs
    One of our biggest expenses is printing and mailing the newsletter. You can opt to have the newsletter emailed to you as a pdf. Save paper and trees - PLUS you get the newsletter as soon as it is ready, instead of waiting for the Post Office to get around to delivering bulk mail. We can also send you updates, cancellations and changes. Please send an email to with your name and address to;


    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

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

    From the President, Peggy Maslow

    I pointed out a chimney swift last spring, flying over Muttontown Preserve and other birders became excited. Chimney swifts are sighted occasionally during migration in our area but not so frequently during breeding season. Last year I also saw a few fl ying over the 9 hole executive golf course at Hempstead Harbor early in the morning by hole one. Then the second week in August this year I spotted 3 flying on hole 9 at the same golf course. I looked everywhere for a place they could breed but was unsuccessful. Chimney swifts depend on chimneys or a similar structure.

    On November 22, a speaker on chimney swifts, John Connors, will explain everything about chimney swifts at our regular meeting at Manhasset Library. I have seen his presentation in North Carolina and I urge you not to miss it.

    Briefly, chimney swifts must have chimneys to exist. They are just about totally dependent on human constructions. In some areas, such as North Carolina, residents remove their chimney coverings in spring so the birds can breed. During Fall migration the birds gather in huge fl ocks in factory or large building chimneys. There are YouTube videos of the amazing phenomenon of uncountable numbers of chimney swifts descending into a large chimney at dusk.

    John Connors, the November 22 speaker, is actually responsible for the construction of a large chimney at the Prairie Ridge Preserve in Raleigh, North Carolina. Chimneys in downtown Raleigh, which the swifts now use, may be demolished soon. He is hoping the swifts will discover his new chimney in time to give them a place to assemble. Chimney swifts are easily recognizable in the air because their wings do not flap together as do other birds. They have feet and legs that cannot perch but can cling to the inside of chimneys. Attend our November program to learn more about these fascinating birds that now need human help.

    Protecting Long Island Sound

    On August 4, 2016, Audubon New York proudly stood in support of New York State Governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, as he announced the state's opposition to EPA's proposed Dredged Material Management Plan (DMMP), which would establish new permanent open water disposal sites in eastern Long Island Sound. In a letter signed by more than 30 federal, state and local elected officials, Governor Cuomo provided notice to President Obama and EPA officials that the state will take necessary steps to prevent the EPA from issuing a rule allowing dredged materials from Connecticut to be dumped in the eastern region of the Long Island Sound. The actions taken by the State will help safeguard Long Island's ecologically significant waterways and protect the billions of dollars that have been invested over the last decade in the restoration and cleanup of the Sound.

    The Long Island Sound borders New York and Connecticut, and is considered one of the richest veins of biodiversity in the world. More than two dozen Important Bird Areas (IBAs) have been designated within the Long Island Sound ecosystem, which help support species like the federally threatened Piping Plover, federally endangered Roseate Tern, American Oystercatcher, and the rare Saltmarsh Sparrow. Working collaboratively with Audubon Connecticut and other partners, Audubon New York has been a leading voice in the protection and future health of Long Island's coastal waters and IBAs. As Chair of the Policy Committee of the Long Island Sound Citizens Advisory Committee, Audubon New York has eff ectively advocated for the passage of the Long Island Restoration and Stewardship Act and funding for the Long Island Sound Study program.

    Audubon New York thanks Governor Cuomo for his leadership and will work with our partners to ensure that EPA reverses its proposed DMMP.


    FALL 2016 WINTER 2017 - BIRD WALK SCHEDULE Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated.

    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. We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.

    Please note there is a $10 per car fee at Sands Pt. Call leader for parking ideas.

    Schedule note: *** indicates 8 am official start time
    *indicates new parking location



      Wed 11/2 *Massapequa Pres. WALKER ST. ENTRANCE 621-6678 Joyce
      Sat 11/5 Hempstead Lake State Park 987-8103 - Steve
      Wed 11/9 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station 785-3375 Ralph
      Sat 11/12 8am***Nassau Fine Arts Museum 883-2130 Peggy
      Wed 11/16 Stehli Beach, West End of Bayville 628-1315 Lindy
      Sat 11/19 North Shore Duck Walk meet at Macy's in Manhasset 767-3454 Jennifer
      Wed 11/23 No walk Thanksgiving Eve! Happy Thanksgiving!
      Sat 12/17 North Shore Christmas Bird Count
      Wednesday Leaderless Walks start in December. Walks start at 9:30

    For information, call Wendy at 546-6303



      Wed 12/7 Garvies Point
      Wed 12/14 Gerry Park and Cedarmere
      Wed 12/21 St John's Pond
      Wed 12/28 Planting Fields


      Wed 1/4 Target Rock
      Wed 1/11 Twin Lakes
      Wed 1/18 Belmont Lake
      Wed 1/25 Hempstead Lake


      Wed 2/1 Point Lookout
      Wed 2/8 Stehli Beach
      Wed 2/15 Jamaica Bay WR
      Wed 2/22 Coast Guard Station
      *Massapequa Preserve - WALKER ST. ENTRANCE: Southern State parkway to Linden St (Exit 31). Turn left onto Linden St, turn right onto Lake Shore Drive, turn right onto Walker St. A sign for the preserve on the right says Mansfield Park. Parking lot is a big dirt field with many ruts. Drive slowly. If you take Bethpage Parkway to the end it looks like you cannot exit to the local streets at SSP Exit 31, so this would not be recommended.