Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm
Finding Birds in New York with Corey Finger
Corey Finger, who is originally from Saugerties but now lives in Queens, has been birding in New York State since he saw a Green Heron outside of Albany just over ten years ago. In that time he has learned that Bald Eagles don’t scream, that gull identification can be very difficult, and that birding the Empire State is amazingly rewarding. Corey blogs at 10,000 Birds, the world’s most popular birding blog. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New York. Join him for a well-illustrated and entertaining talk on finding birds in New York.
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 7:15 pm
Author & Photographer Presents:
My Sag Harbor Bird Notebook
Weather permitting we will be taking a short walk before the meeting.
Many local folks know Terry Sullivan as a singer of traditional Irish, African, Spanish, and Yiddish music. He followed the path of his mentor and friend, Pete Seeger, and sang onstage with him more than 100 times. For the last 20 years, he has also written stories about nature, including birding, following yet another mentor and friend, Larry Penny, who generously wrote the forward to Terry’s new book, My Sag Harbor Bird Notebook. The book’s subtitle is A conversational survey, in poetry, prose, photography, and prints. The tone of the book is a fireside chat illustrated by some spectacular shots, contrasted with some comedic flavor to the rest of the book.
Mr. Sullivan will read selections from the book, as well as present copies of his photos and drawings, while explaining how he’s captured these striking images with a very basic technique you can adopt for your own local nature walks. Copies of the book will be available for signing.
Monday, July 11, 2016, meeting to begin at 7:00 pm
Ornithological Fieldwork in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea
By Paul Sweet
The island of New Guinea is home to over 700 species of birds—that is, 700 and still counting. In the fall of 2014 Paul Sweet joined a team of vertebrate specialists from the American Museum of Natural History on an expedition to the highlands of Papua New Guinea—the nation that occupies the eastern half of the island. The highlands are one of the most remote areas in the world. The expedition was in search of new specimens and new species. Sweet will talk about the adventures of fieldwork and discuss some of the expedition’s discoveries.For more information on the Papua New Guinea expedition, see website www.amnh.org/learn-teach/adults/scicafe/scicafe-explore21-papua-new-guinea
Paul Sweet who is the collections manager in the Ornithology Department.of The American Museum of Natural History in NYC was born in Bristol, England. He has been interested in birds for as long as he can remember. After completing a degree in zoology at the University of Liverpool, he traveled widely in Asia and the Americas before working at the Raffles Museum in Singapore. In 1991 he moved to New York City to work at the American Museum of Natural History.
ADVENTURES IN THE FIELD
Spring is the season which brings joy to the Birders’ Hearts.
THE WARBLERS ARE ARRIVING!! The following Field Trips are scheduled:
Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 am
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Gigi Spates (631) 765-1436.
Our Eastern LI Audubon Home is also home to many nesting birds and ducks. Our morning walk along well-groomed trails will take us past ponds, streams and both pine and oak woods. We will meet in the parking lot of the Refuge, located at 3 Old Country Road, Quogue. If you need more information call Gigi at (631) 765-1436.
Saturday, May 7 at 9 am
William Floyd Estate
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont (631) 399-2030
The William Floyd Estate offers a variety of habitats to walk through and offers an excellent chance to observe various species of birds, particularly neotropical migrants such as thrush, tanagers, grosbeaks , vireos and numerous warblers. Bald eagles as well as shorebirds may be seen. Three mile walk, bring tick repellent. The Estate entrance is located at 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach. From the entrance, proceed to the parking area.
Wednesday, May 11 and Sunday, May 15 both at 7:30 am
Leader: Eileen Schwinn (516)-662-7751 email@example.com
Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (border of Brookhaven and Southampton Townships, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a DEC managed area which is truly unique. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us in a rather hilly section of the South Shore. Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnat-catchers, as well as many different warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/ water. We will meet at the clearing at the end of the dirt road (which will have an open yellow gate), approximately one mile from the Route 51 “entrance”. No two days are the same - that’s why we’ve scheduled two trips here!
Saturday, May 14 at 9 am
Hallockville Farm & Hallock State Park
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
The Hallockville Farm Museum and State Park is located at 163 Sound Ave, in Riverhead. During peak migration, we have a good chance to see thrushes, vireos, warblers and more, on this walk past farm fields, woods leading up to views of Long Island Sound. There is a $6 per person charge for this walk, which benefits the Hallockville Farm Museum Educational Program. Please call the Museum for information and a for a reservation at 631-298-5292.
Saturday, May 14 at 8 am
Terrell River County Park
Leaders: Jay Kuhlman and Beth Gustin (631) 848-9883
Meet at the trail head, on the south side of Montauk Highway in Center Moriches. The parking area is directly across from Kaler’s Pond Nature Center. The forest, marshland and bay beach provide habitat for Indigo Bunting, Black and White Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Saltmarsh Sparrow and Great-crested Flycatcher.
Changed to Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 am
North Fork County Park
Leader: Eileen Schwinn (516) 662-7751
Located on the north side of Sound Ave. in Jamesport (Clearly marked with a sign, “North Fork Preserve”, follow the long, paved driveway to the former hunting lodge parking area), we will visit vernal ponds, meadows and wooded areas. Each day is different in this relatively new Town of Riverhead/Suffolk County Parkland, but we have the opportunity to see visiting migrants and nesting warblers, raptors, and thrushes. Dress for ticks, however, we will be on mowed paths for most of the walk.
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 am
Rocky Point DEC Property
Leader: Bob Adamo 631-369-1958
Meet at the parking lot #26 on the south side of the Rt.25A Bypass, approx. one mile west of Randall Rd., Shoerham, this location is also about 1/8 mile west of the turn off for Rt. 25A “proper”, which runs through the Rocky Point Business District. Parking Lot #26 (this # can’t be seen from the road) is also 100 yds east of Monument Road or Place. Any questions, contact me at 631-369-1958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 4 at 8 am
South Fork Natural History Museum
Leader: Eric Salzman
Co-sponsored by ELIAS and SoFo
On this joint walk, expert birder, composer, and author Eric Salzman will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and—especially—hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. For more information, reservations, and directions to SoFo, please call: (631) 537-9735.
Additional Field Trips may be added if leaders become available, please be sure check back.
Members who are on our Constant Contact list will be notified directly. If you wish to be added, please send us a note via the Guest Book.