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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 FRIENTLY WALKS

    A YEAR IN THE LIFE of a Bird Photographer
    By David Speiser
    Tuesday, October 27

    Mr. Speiser has been a birder and photographer for over 15 years. He has traveled all over the world and has seen over 4000 species of birds. His images have been featured at the Central Park Zoo, Audubon magazine, the New York Times to name a few, and on the US postage stamp. He serves as the Vice-President of NYC Audubon and as a board member of "Save the Frogs"

    Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations by Chris Clyder Tuesday, November 24

    Mr. Cryder is the Special Projects Coordinator of "Save the Sound". He is currently the Outreach coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition. He will inform us on the past, present and future of this important island.

    Film: Winged Seduction, Birds of Paradise A "National Geographic" presentation January 26, 2016

    National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes takes us on their journey to the jungles of New Guinea, allowing us to view up close and personal the trails and tribulations of capturing for the first time on film many Birds of Paradise and their behavior. You will feel as though you are right there with them (without the bugs, of course)

    SPARROWS AND ALLIES IN THE NYC AREA By Joe Giunta February 23, 2016

    Mr. Giunta has been an avid birder in the NY region for over 25 years. He is the birding instructor for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and walk leader for many organizations including Nature Conservancy,NYC Audubon and Brooklyn Bird Club. He is the owner of Happy Warblers, LLC, a birding and educational travel company. Joe will try to demystify these birds and their similar looking migration sparrows looking species for us.


    The next NSAS general meeting will be next week - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 7 pm, featuring guest speakers Arie Gilbert and Ian Resnick presenting "Birding Eastern Panama in the Rainy Season". Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave, Manhasset, NY

    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.

    Garden City Bird Sanctuary 20th Anniversity Gala October 2, 8 pm to midnight Nassau Bar Association Tickets of $100 Contact Ann Thompson at or Gala Chairperson Joanne Kastalek at

    SAVE THE DATE Annual Native American Feast Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22 from 10 am to 4 pm.

    Theodore Roosevelt Sanctury 134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay 516-922-3200 Sanctuary Provides nature science education for children and adults. Most programs are family friendly. Call for fees and to reserve programs.

    North Shore Land Alliance Walks in the Woods 2015-walk-woods-calendar/

    Sat: September 26, 10 am Sat.October 17, 11 am Sunday, October 22, 11 am

    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 E-Bird Birding on the Net Injured Wildlife Volunteers For Wildlife STAR Foundation


    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.

    SPRING 2016 - BIRD WALK SCHEDULE Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike. Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated. BIG DAY starts at 6:30 AM;

    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 4/27 Muttontown Rich 509-1094
      Sat 4/30 St, Josaphat's Monastery Barbara Garriel 628-9022


      Wed 5/4 Welwyn Barbara Garriel 628-9022
      Sat 5/7 BIG DAY - Alley Pond Park 76th Ave. **6:30 am start time meet in parking lot.
    After lunch, you can choose to continue to Jamaica Bay.
    QCBC Leader Ian Resnick 917-626-9562.
      Wed 5/11 Garvies Point Preserve Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
      Sat 5/14 Planting Fields Arboretum Peggy Maslow 883-2130
      Wed 5/18 Hoffman Center Barbara Garriel 628-9022
      Sat 5/21 Muttontown Pres. (S/Equestrian entrance) Lindy Nielsen 628-1315
      Wed 5/25 Nassau Fine Arts Museum Joyce Bryk 621-6678
      Sat. 5/28 Upper Francis Pond and Bailey Arboretum Lindy Nielsen 628-1315