UPCOMING WALKS & MEETINGS
Saturday February 4, 2017 – Meet at 8 am
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, email@example.com 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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 TIME TO RENEW
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 email@example.com
If you have a suggestion for a program
please contact Suzi Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bob Adamo at email@example.com