NORTH SHORE AUDUBON SOCIETY
SERVING THE WESTERN NORTH SHORE OF LONG ISLAND,
Our mission is: to promote, protect and preserve
the environment and the birds that inhabit it through education,
advocacy and leadership.
Last updated: December 1st, 2016
All Rights Reserved
OFFICERS - 2016-2018
DIRECTORS and COMMITTEE
Education - Peggy Maslow
Membership - Kathryne Natale 759-0925
Conservation - J.Wilson-Pines 767-3454
Publicity - Nancy Tognan 718-225-8064
Programs - Jill Vomacka, 671-9823 Jeanne
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
Website Thomas Natale
Evening Programs at the
Manhasset Public Library
30 Onderdonk Ave. at Northern Blvd. 7 p.m.
Open to the public and free of charge
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 Audubon.org 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
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.
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 www.garviespointmuseum.com
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.
Birding Resources North Shore Audubon www.northshoreaudubon.org
South Shore Audubon www.ssaudubon.org
HOB Audubon www.huntingtonaudubon.org
Audubon NY www.ny.audubon.org
LI Birding www.libirding.com
Garden City Bird Sanctuary www.gcbirdsanctuary.org
American Bird Conservancy www.abcbirds.org
American Birding Association www.aba.org
Cornell Lab of Ornithology www.birds.cornell.edu
Birding on the Net www.birdingonthe.net
Injured Wildlife Volunteers For Wildlife www.volunteersforwildlife.org
STAR Foundation www.savetheanimalsrescue.org
Queens County Bird Club www.qcbirdclub.org
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WANT YOU FOR NSAS
You've already joined - how about getting more involved?
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to be an expert birder to serve on a committee or on the Board.
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Peggy Maslow at 883-2130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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From the President,
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
||*Massapequa Pres. WALKER ST. ENTRANCE
||Hempstead Lake State Park
||987-8103 - Steve
||Jones Beach Coast Guard Station
||8am***Nassau Fine Arts Museum
||Stehli Beach, West End of Bayville
||North Shore Duck Walk meet at Macy's in Manhasset
||No walk Thanksgiving Eve! Happy Thanksgiving!
||North Shore Christmas Bird Count
Wednesday Leaderless Walks start in December. Walks start at 9:30|
For information, call Wendy at 546-6303
||Gerry Park and Cedarmere
||St John's Pond
||Jamaica Bay WR
||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.