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OFFICERS - 2014-2016

Joyce Bryk,

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. JOIN OUR FRIENDLY WALKS

    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.


    There was an error in the newsletter: The correct date for Garvies Point Museum Day is Saturday August 6th, 2016;

    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 to1 pm 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


    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

    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 beaches survived.



    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.

    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 three chicks.

    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 for Wildlife’s


    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 taken.

    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.



      Wed 6/8 Hempstead Harbor Preserve (west side of harbor). Plus Cedarmere and Gerry Park
      Wed 6/15 Clark Gardens
      Wed 6/22 Chelsea Mansion in Muttontown
      Wed 6/29 Levy Park


      Wed 7/6 Garvies Point Preserve
      Wed 7/13 Oceanside Marin Nature Center
      Wed 7/20 Roslyn Museum Grounds
      Wed 7/27 Hempstead Lake State Park=will be entry fee


      Wed 8/3 Shu Swamp
      Wed 8/10 Cow Meadow in Freeport
      Wed 8/17 Bayard Cutting Arboretum at 10am
      Wed 8/24 Takapausha Preserve
      Wed 8/31 Planting Fields