The next event:
Monday Evening, July 11, 2016,
meeting to begin at 7:00 pm
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.
DIRECTIONS TO MEETINGS
All meetings are held at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY. 11959. Everyone is welcome, there is no charge.
From LIE, Exit 70 take Rte 111 south to Rte 27 - Sunrise Highway East. From Sunrise, Exit 64S, go south 2 miles on CR 104 to Old Country Road. Turn right and go .7 miles to entrance on right.
From Riverhead, take 104 from traffic circle. Follow signs to Quogue. See directions above (CR 104 etc.).
From Montauk Highway, go north on Old Main Road (one block west of traffic light in Quogue, east of Quantuk Creek). Cross LIRR. Entrance is straight ahead.
SUMMER BIRD WALKS
Saturday Morning, July 23, 2016 at 7:30 am
Dune Road Drive
Meet at the Shinnecock Inlet, near the communication tower. Join us in our annual Stop and Look along Dune Road, from Hampton Bays (Shinnecock Inlet) to the Post Ave. Bridge (Quogue), with stops along the way. We will hopefully see some lingering and nesting shorebirds, as well as some early migrants heading south. Rain or shine – only a lightning storm will cause cancellation! Bring bug spray, and sun screen – Temporary Town of Southampton Parking Permits for the trip will be available to non-Southampton Town Residents for the trip. Binoculars are necessary, and scopes are helpful. For info, please contact Eileen Schwinn, the Trip Leader, by email: email@example.com or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.
Saturday Morning, August 13, 2016 at 8:00 am
The Isle of Cupsogue
Get to Cupsogue before 8:00 am and it’s FREE PARKING! The trip to the shoreline will begin around 8:15 am. We will meet at the western end of the parking lot. Low tide for that day is 11:22 am, so we will take a comfortable walk of about 1 mile to the crossable mud flats, where we will see south-bound migrating shorebirds, and some summer residents as well. Bring sunscreen, water, and sand-walking/water-walking foot ware – or go barefoot! The crossing is mushy but not harsh on the feet. For more information, please contact Eileen Schwinn, the Trip Leader (various other ELIAS Members/Directors will also be in attendance!) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-662-7751. Heavy rain or severe weather conditions (high wind or lightning ) will cancel this trip. Binoculars are necessary, and scopes are helpful.
Monday Evening, August 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm
Double Feature Night:
The Oh My God Bird!
This program will be a double feature. We will be showing the
movie Ghost Bird. This documentary film is about the giant
woodpecker, a small town In Arkansas that was hoping to reverse
it misfortunes, and the tireless odyssey of the bird-watchers and
scientists searching for the Holy Grail of birds, the elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Jay Kuhlman, a long-time member of ELIAS, trip leader for ELIAS and a veterinarian will join us to talk about his trip to the epicenter of the hunt for the Woodpecker. He went to Arkansas right after the first reports came in that the bird had been sighted. Could it be true? Did hope really die? Come and ask him all your questions. Or is it possible there is a small population living deep in the impenetrable Arkansas swamp?