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April 6, 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.


    April 28
    Our own Stephane Perreault
    Birding by Ear on Long Island:
    Spring Warbler Songs

    For birders who would like to learn or review warbler songs as we enter the core of spring migration. The songs of 30 locally common and uncommon warblers will be presented in practical learning groups. Traditional tools such as digital recordings, sonagrammes, and catchy phrases will be used to get a handle on the identification of our warblers by ear. For a practical experience, this seminar will be paired with optional local field trips on the mornings of May 6 and May 13 (no pre-registration required).
    Stephane has been actively birding on Long Island since 1995, and has lead field trips for NSAS for the last three years. Prior to living in Southern NY, Stephane studied Ornithology at McGill University, and published breeding studies on American Redstart and Yellow Warbler.

    May 26
    Seth Ausubel
    Insects in Focus

    While many people view insects as pests or nuisances, this largest group in the animal kingdom is incredibly varied and important in its ecology. Many are beautiful and hauntingly alien when viewed up close through the camera lens. Seth Ausubel will reveal some of this beauty and tell their stories.

    Seth is a marine biologist by training and works in the field of water quality and watershed management. He has been an avid birder for over 20 years and has a unending interest photographing bugs in the field. Come join us as we explore the world of bugs in focus.

    Transforming Your Yard

    1. Take Audubon’s Healthy Yard Pledge to promote bird-friendly communities. Pledge to remove invasive exotic plants; plant native species; reduce pesticide use; conserve water; protect water quality; and support birds and other wildlife.
    2. Begin small and have a plan. “Someone always comes up [after a talk] and says, ‘I’m going to run home and rip out all my lawn,” says Doug Tallamy, author of the renowned gardening book Bringing Nature Home. “That is not my recommendation. If you take something out, be ready to replace it.” He suggests an easier pace. “This can be a hobby. You don’t have to do it all at once.” Or, for instant results, hire someone to do the work. If you already pay to have your lawn cut and cared for, you might consider putting at least part of that budget toward managing your yard in a way that’s more beneficial to birds.
    3. Convert the salespeople at your nursery. If you go to one with the name of a native plant that you want to buy, they will likely take you to the closest thing in stock. “What you say to them is, ‘That’s not what I want. Can you get this for me?’ And if they can’t, you walk away,” says Tallamy. “If they hear that enough they’ll start carrying this stuff.” (Find resources that can help you locate plants native to your region at
    4. Try to avoid cultivars of the native plants you’re buying. When the horticultural industry tweaks a plant’s features (for instance, its color or petal size and shape), the plants may become less desirable or even incompatible with the insects that evolved to eat them.
    5. Shun the misconception that gardens brimming with native plants look weedy. “If you go to the fine gardens of Europe, many of the plants they display are from North America," says Tallamy. “So this notion that just because a plant grows down the street, it can’t be used formally is just an urban legend.” For some domestic inspiration, Tallamy points to a new 3.5-acre native plant exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden that is both beautiful and beneficial for wildlife in one of the world’s most crowded cities.
    6. There’s power in numbers. Enlist your neighbors and wider community to help incorporate bird-friendly plantings in yards, parks, workplaces, schoolyards, and other public areas. Join a growing army of citizen scientists collecting data about how birds can coexist with us and become part of Audubon’s Hummingbirds at Home program. Visit, where you can also download the mobile app.
    7. This winter participate in the Christmas Bird Count ( and the Great Backyard Bird Count, two ongoing citizen science programs that help track long-term bird population trends.
    8. Register your plot of habitat at YardMap (http:// )and document its value to birds as you make improvements.
    9. Hang out at home. Half the nation’s lawn equals about 20 million acres—roughly the collective size of 15 national parks, including Denali, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and The Badlands. “We have to get rid of the notion that nature is something you must drive to,” Tallamy insists. “That’s why people go to national parks, to connect with nature. You can do that right at home—every time we look out the window or go outside.”

    A version of this story ran in the July-August 2013 Audubon issue under the title “Food Network.”



    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 (1-4) Registration & pre-payment required $100 per child per three 1/2-day session FAMILY PLUS & HIGHER FRIENDS MEMBERS RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT! 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 Removing invasive plants from the Preserve is an important way to restore the natural balance. We’re targeting three invasive plants this spring Sat. April 18 Garlic Mustard Easy - even small kids can join in Sat. May 23 Rosa Multiflora -Tougher, it has thorns 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 10am-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 9pm

    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,

    Friday, April 10: Kid’s Night Out!
    After Dark Adventures
    6:00 pm- 8:30 pm. Ages 8+
    Meet us at the Sanctuary for some “after hours” fun!

    Sunday, April 12 - Sunday Funday:
    Eat or Be Eaten!
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Join us for an afternoon of exciting animal-themed
    strategy games. Can you run fast enough to track down
    your prey?

    Saturday, April 18 - Meet Our Raptors
    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. All Ages.
    Spend a Saturday afternoon getting an unforgettable up-close experience with our resident avian ambassadors.
    The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary is home to many birds
    of prey including hawks, owls, falcons, and a vulture, that
    can no longer live on their own in the wild.

    Friday, May 1- Discover Owls
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All Ages.
    Did you know there are species of amazing owls right
    here on Long Island?

    Saturday, May 9 - Meet Our Raptors
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All Ages.
    Spend a Saturday afternoon getting an unforgettable up-
    close experience with our resident avian ambassadors.

    Saturday, May 16 | Rain Date: May 17 - FeatherFest
    1:00- 4:00 pm

    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



    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

    As winter stumbles away like a mean drunk who keeps coming back for one last swing, spring may finally be arriving- though the snow on the vernal equinox did not inspire confidence. Never-the-less, the snow drops have finally emerged, along with the crocus, a month late as they were under three feet of snow when they usually pop up. A sighting of three Great Egrets at Leeds Pond as March ran out gives me hope that spring will come again.

    Colder winters are an aspect of Climate Change; more extreme conditions will be the new normal. The Audubon report on Climate change and its impact on birds is available on- line, . The report is looking at changes over the next 50 years altering habitats, food resources and a variety of factors. Short term, winters like this can knock down species that are on the edge of their northern range like Carolina Wrens and Northern Mockingbirds. If you kept a suet feeder going this winter, you may have saved the life of an insect or fruit eating bird. This long cold winter also lead to a very short Field Notes this month. Many walks had to be canceled due to lack of snow shoes. Birds moved to areas with better food resources.

    But now is NOT the time to stop feeding. Local birds have depleted the winter larder, and it will be months before plants produce fruit and seed. Northern winter visitors like Dark-eyed Juncos need to layer on fat for their trip back to the boreal forests to breed. Insects will not emerge until the weather warms and there are food resources. Migrating birds will arrive having spent their last drop of energy on the trip back. Spring may be a time of renewal but it’s also very hard on the bird population. Suet will replace insects as a good protein source for birds that don’t eat seed.

    In local news, if you drive along Manhasset Bay on Plandome Road past Leeds Pond, you may have noticed that the Osprey platform on the sandbar by the outfall was gone. It appears that it came down during a winter storm. Jim Jones, who built the roost with students from Schreiber High School originally, has built two new poles with assistance from students. One will replace the Leeds Pond pole and the other a roost in Sands Point that also suffered damage. He hopes to have them in place before mid-April.





    There are many festivals coming up where North Shore will participate with a booth. The first is a new event- Earth Day Festival at the Port Washington Library, on Wed April 22 – Earth Day. There will be events ranging from a live animal presentation, film, children’s crafts, environmental efforts around the world by the ESL classes, environmental expo with over 30 groups, a special presentation and a panel of local experts to cap the day. You can see the schedule on the library website, www.pwpl. org . The Village of Manorhaven will be having an Arbor Day event on Sat April 25th in their preserve. May 2nd and 3rd is EcoFest at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, and HarborFest in Port Washington on Sunday June 7. The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day with Feather Fest on May 16th. Need to work out some angst? Garvies Point needs you to rip, rend and destroy invasive plants. There are three dates to target three species, Garlic Mustard, Rosa Multifl ora and Mile-a-minute vine. We’d love to have more volunteers to help out.

    On the conservation front, a hot topic is New York City planning to reopen 20+ wells in eastern Queens, to supplement the upstate reservoirs when they have to close the tunnels for long needed repairs. These wells are predicted to pump about 30 million gallons a day. Most are in the Magothy but at least four are in the deep Lloyd layer of the aquifer, which has been reserved for coastal communities suff ering from salt water intrusion. The City is doing its best to avoid a thorough SEQRA review before reopening the wells and while they have said it will only be used during the renovation of the tunnels bringing water from upstate, and take less than a year, there are no restrictions to bind them to that should drought strike or construction drag on like the Second Ave. tunnel. The USGS has made a proposal at the request of the Port Washington Aquifer Committee to do an intensive study of the hydrodynamics of the aquifer from Queens out to mid Suffolk, at a cost of 3 million, which the City does not want to pick up.

    Enjoy the spring flowers and returning birds, and think about planting some native plants in your yard to improve its bird attraction. Good- Birding!



    Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
    Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated by ***, in which case,
    the walk will start at 6:30 am on BIG Day.

    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.
    Go to our website at directions.
    We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.

      Wed 4/1 Shu Swamp Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Sat 4/4 Muttontown Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 4/8 Alley Pond Park Lenore Figueroa
    Trudy Horowitz
      Sat 4/11 Oceanside Preserve Ralph Matragrano 785-3375  
      Wed 4/15 Jones Beach Coast Guard Station Rich Kelly


      Sat 4/18 Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391  
      Wed 4/22 Alley Pond Park Rich Kelly 509-1094  
      Sat 4/25 Hempstead Lake State Park (Field 2/3) Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Wed. 4/29 Muttontown Preserve Rich Kelly 509-1094  
      Sat 5/2 St. Josaphat's Monastery Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Wed 5/6 Garvies Point Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Sat 5/9 BIG DAY Alley Pond Park 76th Ave- ***6:30 start time
    After lunch continues at Jamaica Bay for those who choose
    QCBC Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562  
      Wed 5/13 Forest Park Stephane Perreault 423-0947  
      Sat 5/16 Planting Fields Arboretum Joyce Bryk 621-6678  
      Wed 5/20 Hoffman Center Barbara Garriel 628-9022  
      Sat 5/23 Muttontown Preserve (South/Equestrian entrance) Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  
      Wed. 5/27 Nassau Fine Arts Museum (Roslyn) Peggy Maslow



      Sat 5/30 Upper Fracis Pond and Bailey Arboretum Lindy Nielsen 628-1315  



    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