All levels of naturalists, including beginners,
 are most welcome on Eastern Long Island Audubon field trips. 

Most trips are free 
to attend, however, sometimes the venue 
we are visiting has a fee. We try to make a 
note of it in the notice.

​Eileen Schwinn, Field Trip Chair


"From the Barrens to the Bays"
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, Inc. 
A New York Chapter of National Audubon Society

Serving communities from Patchogue to Montauk including of Southampton, East Hampton, 
Riverhead, Brookhaven

© 2019  Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
Spring Walks

Saturday, May 4 @ 7:30 am
Rocky Point DEC Property (Area 26)
Leader: Bob Adamo
Join Bob Adamo who will lead this quest for some of our “Flying Friends” on The Global Big Day. Meet at the east most parking lot for the DEC property located on the south side of the Route 25A Bypass, about 1/8 mile west of the fork you would take to get to the Route 25A Business district. Traveling from the east, this turnoff is just after the intersections of first, Randall Rd. and then, Ridge Rd. Coming from the west, the parking lot is the 2nd one you come to after having turned onto the bypass from Route 25A just a tad past McDonalds. Any questions, call or email Bob at or call (631) 905-7360 cell, (631) 369-1958 home. 
Rain date is Sunday, May 5. 

Sunday, May 5 @ 9 am
Barrier Beach Birding  (Smith Point to the new Old Inlet)
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
Shorebirds, sea ducks, loons, cormorants, terns, gulls, hummingbirds and an occasional warbler all pass through and along the shores of the old Great South Beach, today known as Fire Island. This will be a 3 mile round-trip walk on sand down to the New Inlet where the Old Inlet used to be. Park on the County side of Smith Pt. as far west in the parking lot as you can, then walk through the fence opening over to the federal side of Smith Pt., and meet at the top of the 2-story visitor center. Call MaryLaura Lamont at (631) 399-2030 for details.

Saturday, May 11 @ 9 am
International Migratory Bird Day 
Walk at the William Floyd Estate
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
The 613 acre William Floyd Estate bordering Moriches Bay is a magnate for migratory songbirds, many of which are in steep decline. Neotropical species, such as vireos, thrush, grosbeaks and warblers and many shorebirds should all be found on this 3-mile round-trip walk through the varied habitats of field, woods, creeks and marshlands. The Estate is located at 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach. Call MaryLaura Lamont at (631)399-2030 
for info.

Sunday, May 12
Central Park
Leader: Katie Kleinpeter
We will explore The Ramble, a destination not to be missed during spring migration and other areas of Central Park. Join Katie on the LIRR train leaving from the Ronkonkoma train station at 5:35 am. or meet her in the city at West 72nd and Central Park West at 7:30 am. There will be opportunities for coffee, food and bathrooms at The Boathouse in the park. We can plan on taking a 1:00 or 2:00 pm. train home, but you can leave earlier or stay longer if you wish! In addition to buying a train ticket, you will need to purchase 2 rides for the MetroCard/Subway.
Please email Katie at so she knows to look out for you. She will provide her phone number for the day of the field trip and other last minute details.

Friday, May 17 @ 8 am
Manorville Hills County Park
Leader: Byron Young
The entrance to Manorville Hills State Park is located on Captain Daniel Roe Hwy (Route 111) in Manorville. A wilderness area used by hikers, bikers and birders. It is part of the Pine Barrens. It is also a stop off point for warblers on the way north. We are hoping to find a few of them. For additional details contact Byron at 631-294-9612 or email at

Saturday, May 18 @ 9 am
Hallockville Museum Farm & 
Hallock State Park Bird Walk
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
Sparrows, wood warblers, orioles, vireos, and grosbeaks can all be found in the fields, woods and pond of these two attached parcels of land, bordering Long Island Sound. It is a good “resting and refueling” spot for birds of all kinds before they take off over the wide Sound to their northern breeding grounds. The $8.00 fee goes towards the educational programs of Hallockville Museum Farm. Call (631) 298-5292 to register or for details.

Sunday, May 19 @ 8 am
Hunters Garden
Leader: Eileen Schwinn 
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 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, hopefully, have an open yellow gate), approximately one mile from the Route 51 “entrance”. Contact Eileen at for more information.

Tuesday, May. 21@ 7:30 am
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Meet in the parking lot of the Refuge. We will walk the approximately one mile loop around the Ice Pond. Various warbler-loving habitats – pine woods, open fields, and tangled understory – will be explored. In past years, this hidden gem has had Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and even Yellow-throated Warbler, along with the expected nesting warblers and song birds! Almost guaranteed to be tick-free (the Wildlife staff makes sure the trails are wide and brush-free), this spot is a real winner! Contact Eileen at beachmed@ for more information.

Saturday, June 1 @ 8 am
Eric Salzman Memorial Walk 
South Fork Natural History Museum
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) 
and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
On this joint walk we will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and remember Eric Salzman who led this walk for many years. We will miss his keen ear to ID the bird songs. 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.

There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Museum, if you need them.