Photo by Joan Parry
Sharp-shinned hawk photo by Joan Parry

Frequently asked questions Conservation

I just found a baby bird, what should I do?

First question – does it have feather, open eyes and is active? If so it has just jumped nest a few days before it fully fledged and this is common. Its parents are still watching it and feeding, just not when a predator (you) is around. Let it be, unless it is an unsafe location where dogs or cats can find it, in which case, make it a temporary nest in an open box and sit up on a high spot ( but not in direct sun) for the parents to care for. If the baby does not have mostly adult feathers, see if you can located the nest and return it- that will not cause the adults to abandon the nest. If not, call a licensed rehabilitator and don’t forget to make a donation if they can take the bird. Sadly, most early nestlings do not survive.

If you are not sure what to do, check this list; http://www.volunteersforwildlife.org/wildlife-help

I’ve found an injured bird or animal.

Call a licensed rehabilitator. If it is badly injured and you can move the animal safely, take it to your vet to have it humanely euthanized. Safely means you are wearing a long sleeve jacket, heavy gloves and can wrap the animal in a towel or blanket and place it in a closed box. Do not handle larger injured animals like raccoons or opossums if you have not been trained.

If you are not sure what to do, check this list; http://www.volunteersforwildlife.org/wildlife-help

Raccoons: can carry rabies so call the Nassau County Dept. of Health if the raccoon appears disoriented, is drooling or has hind leg paralysis Ph: 516-227- 9697, after hours and weekends emergencies  (516) n742-6154 There are certified rehabilitators who will take raccoons, please refer the lists below.

Pigeons: Contact the Nassau Suffolk Pigeon Fanciers Association


Domestic birds (parrots, parakeets)

Long Island Parrot Society http://liparrots.co/

Licensed Rehabilitators on Long Island


Volunteers for Wildlife Inc
Website: http://www.volunteersforwildlife.org/
Phone: Wildlife Advisory Hotline: 516 674 0982
Email: info@volunteersforwildlife.org
Location: 194A Bayville Rd, Locust Valley, NY 11560 (Bailey Arboretum)



Star (Save The Animals Rescue Foundation)
Email info@savetheanimalsrescue.org
Phone (631) 736-8207


Middle Island NY

Lists of individual rehabilitators and organizations.

NY State Rehabilitation Council Region 1

NY DEC list of licensed Rehabilitators

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you change your name? Over the
years, we have had many inquiries as to where our chapter
was located because the old name, Lyman Langdon Audubon
Society, failed to reveal the chapter’s location. The
new title is more descriptive.

Who was Lyman Langdon? He was the principal
of a Port Washington High School. In 1951 he conducted
an adult education bird watching course, consisting mostly
of local bird trips. The 13 participants became the nucleus
for the chapter’s foundation. He led bird walks and inspired
several of his students to form a bird club which, eventually,
became this organization.
How can I join the North Shore Audubon Society? By becoming
a member of this chapter, depending upon the fee submitted,
you either become a member only of this chapter or you
will automatically be enrolled with the National Audubon
Society and will receive the “Audubon” magazine.

Can I subscribe only to your newsletter?
Yes, by submitting $20 per year ($35 for two years). You
will become a member of our chapter, receive our newsletter
but you will not receive Audubon magazine.

Do you charge for attending meetings or field
There is no charge for being a guest at
meetings or on field trips. However, to find out about
future meetings and trips, you need to become a member.

If I happen to come to Long Island for a few days
and wish to contact someone
about birding locations,
is there someone to contact? Yes. Your best source is
the American Birding Association who publishes such information.
Else, if you can find out who the chapter’s Field Trip
Chairman is, contact him or her. Else, write to our chapter
address or send a message.

If I am a beginning birder, will I be
Of course, you will. Our trips involve a mix
of experienced and beginning birders where all will learn