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Join us on the first Monday of the month for our public program!
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communiites from Patchogue to Montauk along the South Shore of Long Island, including western Riverhead, Brookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton.
Field trips for 2023

Saturday Morning, January 14, 2023
The Lakes of Patchogue

Meet 8:30 am at the parking area at the corner of Lake Drive and East Main Street in East Patchogue by the side of Swan Lake. We will check out Swan Lake and then visit several other area lakes to look at the bountiful water birds that flock to
 LI in the winter. Hopefully a surprise or two will be waiting for us. Contact Rosemary Valente to register: hobbesmom4ever@gmail.com

Saturday Morning, February 4, 2023
Shinnecock East
Meet at 8:30 am on the EAST (Southampton) side of Shinnecock Inlet at the County Park. Hopefully, we will see Alcids, wintering ducks and shorebirds, and perhaps an owl and hunting raptor or two! We will be walking the jetty, shoreline and the dunes. Perhaps a stop along the road heading east after the park, will allow a Bittern or ?? to be found! Dress for the weather. To register, please contact Eileen Schwinn (beachmed@optonline.net).

Monday Evening Programs

Monday Evening, February 6 at 7 pm
The Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP)
Presented by Valerie Virgona
   The Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP) is a National Estuary Program established by the EPA, that acts as a backbone organization, bringing together partners from different sectors around common goals. PEP staff and our partners support monitoring, research, collaboration, and education to address priority issues within the Peconic Estuary Watershed. PEP works to restore clean water, protect and enhance vibrant ecosystems, and communicate sound science for nature-based coastal planning in the Peconic Estuary and its watershed. In this presentation, we will outline our Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, and update on beneficial projects for our water and wildlife!

​    Valerie Virgona has worked with the Peconic Estuary Partnership since November 2021. As Outreach Coordinator she works to educate and engage the public, local government representatives, and business owners in order to expand knowledge and appreciation, and create beneficial change within the Peconic Estuary and watershed. Prior to working with PEP, she worked for eight years in environmental advocacy, educating residents and engaging them in the process of lobbying for legislation to protect the environment and public health. Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Public Policy from Binghamton University. She enjoys our beautiful parks and beaches and appreciates the opportunity to be able to protect the estuary’s unique ecosystem. Always feel free to contact her to increase your general awareness or participate in PEP’s rewarding citizen science opportunities!"

Monday Evening, March 6 at 7 pm
Birds of Kenya
Presented by Janis Hurley
   While on photography safaris in Kenya, Janis Hurley was able to see many varieties of birdlife as she traveled between six parks in two separate trips: Amboseli National Park, Nairobi National Park, Lewa Conservancy, Samburu National Reserve, the Maasai Mara, and the Mara Triangle.

   Although the main goal of the trips was photographing big game animals, there were incredible lifetime birding opportunities as well. Even at the start of the journey, at a Nairobi hotel, she observed city-dwelling Baglafecht Weavers and Variable Sunbirds. The bird highlight may have been a Secretary Bird as it stomped and captured a poisonous Black Mamba snake Although not claiming to be a bird expert, please come and enjoy some lovely photographs of unusual African Avians Adventures!

Photo by Janis Hurley is a Golden-breasted Starling