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June 2, 2015
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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.


    Sunday June 7
    Port Washington Town Dock

    Displays, crafts, art show, children’s games, food

    Garvies Point Day
    Saturday, August 1
    10 am - 4 pm

    LIVE Wildlife with Tackapausha Museum Insect Study,
    Nature craft, Nature films
    Butterfly & Bird Garden Tour
    Bird watching with North Shore Audubon
    Nassau Mineral Club Open House
    Rock & mineral Identification
    Face Painting in the Woodland Village
    Fun for the whole family!

    $5.00 per person 5 & over

    See you in September
    at our
    Beach Clean up and
    Fall Family Fun Day
    at Garvies Point


    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 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

    Registration & pre-payment required
    $100 per child per three 1/2-day session

    Workshop themes include:
    Nature I: Pond study, beginner’s birding, flowers & seeds.
    Nature II: Beach ecology, exploring the woods, butterflies & bugs.
    Geology: rocks, minerals, fossils, erosion, L.I. geology.
    Native American: culture, games, fire, pottery, tools, survival skills, legends.


    Help Restore Garvies Preserve

    Help Restore Garvies Preserve
    Removing invasive plants from the Preserve is an important way to restore the natural balance.
    We’re pulling invasive plants this spring

    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 10 am-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 9p

    May 2-3
    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,

    Wednesday, June 3:
    Bird Walk at Nassau County Museum of Art
    9:00 am. Ages 11+
    One Museum Drive, Roslyn Heights, NY 11576
    Contact Noemi Fletcher (516) 484-9338 x12

    Sunday, June 7th- Introduction to Nature Drawing
    RAIN DATE: June 14th
    1:00- 2:30 pm. Ages 12+.
    Held at the Oyster Bay Historical Society
    20 Summit Road, Oyster Bay NY

    Explore the basics of shape, shading, and depth using
    objects found in nature, animals, and landscapes in the
    gorgeous garden at the Oyster Bay Historical Society. If
    you have, please bring a sketchbook, a camera (optional),
    and any other drawing materials you wish to use. Paper
    and some artist’s pencils and erasers will be provided.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    $5 members of TR Sanctuary & Oyster Bay Historical
    Society/ $10 non-membersPlease call to register.



    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



    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

    Co-President’s Message
    Jennifer Wilson-Pines

    Welcome to the Field Notes issue. Spring migration offers such a wealth of sightings that Field Notes expands to three pages. Thank you to our Ralph Cioffi for his diligent keeping of the notes for many years. I hope you were able to take a walk this spring. Stephane Perreault gave an excellent program on birding by ear followed by walks to put that knowledge to the test. It’s also a time to look for the first sightings of the season. You’ll see the Field Notes are sprinkled with fr., meaning “first of season.” I spotted the Laughing gulls for the second year in a row in almost the exact same location.

    We have a new Facebook group for North Shore, search North Shore Audubon SOciety- yes capitalize the second “O”. This is different from a page, as anyone who joins the group can post. You have to be approved to join, so if you don’t have anything on your wall to indicate you are a birder, please add that to interests. This page will be use for notification of programs, changes to trips, action alerts etc. We already have 27 members in three weeks. You can also join the email group for walks by emailing Joyce Bryk, myself or Peggy Maslow.

    The twice annual Long Island Audubon Council (LIAC) was held in April at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island. Most of the seven island chapters were represented. A joint project to put in for a climate change conference grant is being spearheaded by North Fork Audubon. After the meeting we walked into an area of the preserve that is now closed to the public to maintain the privacy of a pair of nesting bald eagles. Everyone got a good look at the female who was sitting on the enormous nest.

    Not birding related but fun, three baby Beluga Whales recently paid a visit to the north shore and were filmed in Manhasset and Oyster Bay. There is a link on our Facebook page to the video.

    Please join us on the summer walks, or see you in September at Garvies Point.




    Feral Cats: Health & Safety Hazard
    Beyond the impact on the bird population, the increased feral cat population is putting the community at risk. A local resident reports disposing of 10 bags of cat feces collected from home garden beds and lawn used by a colony of 15 cats that transverse the property on the way to food. Feral cat feces typically contain ringworm, roundworm, and a dangerous parasite that causes toxoplasmosis resulting in liver, brain and lymph damage. Yard workers and gardeners must use caution when ingesting vegetables or inadvertently placing dirty hands on mouth or nose. Children’s sandboxes, gardens with mulch, and seeded lawns are especially prone to cat feces because cats defecate in soft soil to cover feces. It is not unusual for a child to play in dirt and then to place hands in mouth or nose. Veterinarians recommend that house cats not be permitted to roam the neighborhood, as they are at risk of disease. Additionally, ear mites, fleas, and cat hair infest furniture cushions left outside, while providing critters a comfortable rest spot.

    Nassau County Health Department is concerned about raccoons and rodents attracted to food left outside to feed feral cats. Long Island now has rabies established so cats are not permitted to be relocated. The federal Centers for Disease Control, Global Alliance for Rabies Control, warns that more people will be exposed to rabies resulting from the explosion of feral cat colonies. Some towns have Trap-Neuter-Release programs where cats are neutered, given rabies vaccine, and placed back at the location from which they were trapped. These inadequate programs have minimal funding and are typically run by volunteers. Unless there is an enforceable no-feed ordinance, feral cats will live longer and continue to create a health and safety hazard. Well-fed feral cats will still hunt and eat birds, upsetting the ecological balance. Feral cats must be designated as wild animals and regulated as such, and pet cats should be controlled by the same laws applied to dogs. Editors Note: the writer is a member who wishes to remain anonymous as this issue has already lead to neighbor conflict. PLEASE Keep your cats indoors! They will be happier and healthier in the long run.






    Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
    Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated
    If in doubt, please call Wendy Murbach at 516-546-6303
    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 6/3 Shu Swamp  
      Wed 6/10 Clark Gardens; meet 10 a.m.  
      Wed 6/17 Massepequa Preserve  
      Wed 6/24 Garvies Point, Glen Cove  
      Wed 7/1 Nature Study Area, Oceanside  
      Wed 7/8 Welwyn Preserve, Glen Cove  
      Wed 7/15 Target Rock NWR  
      Wed 7/22 Planting Fields Arboretum  
      Wed 7/29 Upland Farms, Cold Spring Harbor  
      Wed. 8/5 Hempstead Lake State Park  
      Wed 8/12 Bailey Arboretum County Park  
      Wed 8/19 Nassau County Museum, Roslyn  
      Wed. 8/26 Bayard Cutting Arboretum; meet at 10 a.m.  



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

    April 28 Birding by ear on Long Island Stephane Perreault
    May 26 Insects in Focus Seth Ausubel