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

© 2018
 Eastern Long Island Audubon Society
December is Christmas Bird Count Time

Please join in one of the three counts in our area.

Quogue-Water Mill CBC 
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Contact Steve Biasetti
Office: 631-765-6450 x205, Home: 631-874-4684

Central Suffolk 
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Contact Eileen Schwinn at

Orient Count 
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Contact: John Sep at

With the holiday season approaching, it is once again time to think about the winter bird counts. ELIAS members participate in a series of eight counts — four Christmas Bird Counts (CBC). These are sponsored by the National Audubon Society and four winter waterfowl censuses sponsored by the New York Ornithological Association (NYSOA). 

If you would like to participate as a field observer or a feeder watcher in any of the listed CBC’s, or as a participant in any of the waterfowl censuses, please contact the compiler of that count. There is no fee for either count. The compilers try to be flexible so that participants can bird with the group until they need to go. Please do not hesitate to ask if you can participate. All help is welcome.

Experienced birders are needed, but beginners are most welcome. Field parties who are familiar with the territory will help beginners learn their way around. This is the way we can we develop a group of skilled, committed observers to continue the tradition. Feeder watchers who live within the count circle are also needed to provide to record the number and species that appear at the feeder during the count day. 

For the most part, counting begins as soon as it is light enough to see (around 6:30 to 7:00 am) and continues until it is too dark to see anymore (around 5:00 pm). However, to hunt for owls, some observers start a few hours before daylight and continue for a while after dark. At least eight hours of field observation during daylight hours in a CBC circle is required for acceptance of a CBC report. Field coverage is primarily done by a combination of walking, driving, bicycling, boating and other modes of transportation may also be used.