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"From the Barrens to the Bays"
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, Inc. 

A New York Chapter of National Audubon Society

Serving the communities of South Hampton, East Hampton, Western Riverhead, Brookhaven

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Saturday February 4, 2017 – Meet at 8 am 
Eileen Schwinn
Always cold and exciting, a field trip to Montauk Point, Camp Hero and other Points of Interest in the Montauk area, is planned. We will meet at 8 am at the closed Concession Stand at the Lighthouse - The End - and work our way back west! Dress in multiple layers and dress WARMLY (The Restrooms are open - and heated) We will be checking our recent reports for the rare birds which sometimes appear in the general area, and as always, view Block Island Sound from the Camp Hero Bluffs for great rafts of seabirds. Contact Eileen Schwinn, beachmed@optonline.net for more info, and 516-662-7751 the day of the Field Trip.


Monday, February 6, 2017, at 7:15 pm
Bobwhite Quail Release Program
Abra Morawiec
Nestled in the middle of farm 
country on the North Fork of 
Long Island, Feisty Acres raises 
a carefully curated selection of 
game birds for meat, eggs, and 
release. They are certified organic 
by NOFA-NY and all birds are 
raised on pasture. Being certified 
organic means that farmland is 
free of all prohibited chemical 
inputs such as synthetic pesticides
 and herbicides. No antibiotics 
are administered to any livestock, 
at any time, and there are 
absolutely no GMOs present in 
their feed or pastures. The 
pasturing practices leave the 
land better off than how we found
 it and all of our birds enjoy 
sunshine, fresh air, bugs, as well 
as plentiful grass and vegetation. 

Throughout the season, we raise Coturnix (Japanese Quail), Chukar Partridge, French Guinea Fowl, and Heritage Breed Turkeys. We also raise Northern Bobwhite Quail for release purposes, to help re-establish the native population on the North Fork. Our Bobwhite Quail Release Program was started in the spring of 2016 after the successful launch of a Kickstarter Campaign. During the 2016 season, the farm released over 220 Bobwhites in hopes that mature coveys would self-procreate in the wild. Feisty Acres rents land from Biophilia Organic Farm, which is in the middle of approximately 200 acres of preserved farmland, vineyards, and open space, which creates a prime environment for these native birds to thrive. In 2017 and beyond, we hope to continue our program, releasing anywhere from 200 - 400 Bobwhites a season. Along with regular releases, we wish to help facilitate proper land management that will maintain habitat for these native birds. The preservation of indigenous plants that Bobwhites depend upon for food and shelter are crucial in making our program successful. ​

Meeting takes place at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Directions below. 


Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Meet at 8 am 
Morton Wildlife Refuge
Eileen Schwinn
A big hit and a great way to enjoy the last bit of freezing cold winter weather!! We will meet at the Refuge parking lot at 8 am, and walk approximately 2 miles on this hike. Not only do the birds eat right out of you hand the minute you get out of your car, but there are frequently pockets of over-wintering birds along the way. Dress warmly and appropriately. Bird seed will be provided. Contact Eileen Schwinn, beachmed@optonline.net for more information, and at 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.

Directions to Quogue Wildlife Refuge

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.


Now is the perfect time to renew your membership! All memberships run from January to January., So, now is the time to renew your membership to get the most out of it. Dues are $20.00 per year. Send your check to PO Box 206, East Quogue, NY 11942.

If you include your email you will be added to our Constant Contact email notification list and you will receive notices about upcoming events a few days before the event or changes to programs if the weather or other circumstances come up. .

We welcome suggestions for places 
to go on our bird walks and for 
programs you would like us to sponsor

If you have a suggestion for a bird walk, 
please contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net

If you have a suggestion for a program
please contact Suzi Stewart at suzizny@aol.com
or Bob Adamo at radamo4691@gmail.com

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