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Join us on the first Monday of the month for our public program!
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communiites from Patchogue to Montauk along the South Shore of Long Island, including western Riverhead, Brookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton.

We are trying something new 
for our next meeting.
You are invited to come to 
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
to hear this program or 
you can zoom from your home. 
Either way - We hope you will join us. 

To Zoom from home will need to register
see the link is below. 



Monday Evening, December 5, @ 7:00 pm
Z O O M P r o g r a m
Bird Migration

Benjamin Van Doren, Postdoctoral Fellow


We will end the year with a Zoom Program. Access it from your home, or come to the Nature Center at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and experience this with other ELIAS folks. 

Benjamin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has been studying bird migration, focusing on understanding the drivers of change and flexibility in migratory behavior. Benjamin’s work straddles ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation, and takes in diverse perspectives—from individuals to flyways, tracking to remote sensing, acoustics to genomics.

His recent work has focused on three major themes: (1) birds’ innate migratory programs, (2) the impact of human activity on migration, and (3) continent-scale perspectives on migration systems. Since 2012, he has worked with the BirdCast project to study and predict large-scale migratory movements, including research on the effects of light pollution on migrating birds and a tool to forecast nocturnal migratory movements across the United States. 

In today’s era of “big data” ecology, he is eager to advance understanding and appreciation of one of the world’s most captivating natural phenomena.


Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

December - 
Christmas Bird Counts


Each year, world-wide, thousands of folks head out between mid-December and early January to count their local birds. This year, the Count calendar runs from Dec 14, 2022 through Jan 5, 2023. 
A single-day “snap shot” of bird populations. Various teams made up of experienced and novice birders cover specific areas that historically have been surveyed – in some cases, for over 50, 75 or 100 years!

The counts usually begin in the pre-dawn hours and continuing through sunset, in rain, snow, sleet and beautiful sunshine, teams record every bird they see – on land, on sea and in the air. Backyard birders are also encouraged to participate – if that backyard falls within a Count Circle!  


Local CBCs are: 

North Fork – Dec. 16. 2022- Contact person is Jennifer Murray (turtlebackfarmer@gmail.com)

Quogue Water Mill – Dec. 18, 2022
Contact person is Steve Biasetti (sbiasetti@eastendenvironment.org)

Central Suffolk – Dec. 27, 2022  
Contact person is Eileen Schwinn (beachmed@optonline.net)

Other Counts are available 
(Orient, Montauk, and further to the west)

By viewing the National Audubon website, you can learn more about The Count and how to participate. 

Follow these steps to participate in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count:

Step 1
Read these details to become familiar with Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

Step 2
Check out the map above to find a count near you. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. 

Step 3
To arrange participation contact compilers by email in advance of count day by using the information from the circle pop-ups on the map. 

Step 4
Sign up for American Birds so you can hear about the results of the Christmas Bird Count and other Audubon community science programs!

Step 5
Already signed up for a count? Then head over to our CBC Live tracker to see photos posted from others who are scouting for or participating in the Christmas Bird Count, and upload your own photos!.