UPCOMING VERY SPECIAL EVENT
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Annual Dinner, Celebrating Birding
Join us as we go
BIRDING WITH THE FISH GUY
6 pm at
COWFISH Restaurant in Hampton Bays
for a New Orleans Style Buffet.
$55.00 per person
Print the reservation form on the right to save your place.
Members and friends are invited
Field Trip: Saturday, October 14, 2017, meet at 8:30 am
Fire Island Hawk Watch & Hike to the Lighthouse
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
A repeat of a well-liked field trip, we will be meeting at the eastern end of Parking Lot 5, at Robert Moses State Park. We will stop at the Hawk Watch, where, with favorable winds, we
will be joining other Long Island birders for a while, and hopefully see a number of east to west flying raptors. We will then walk the 3/4 mile boardwalk to the Fire Island Lighthouse, looking for migrating song birds along the way. Dress for the weather, and perhaps, bring a light snack and water. Binoculars a must. For more details, please contact Eileen Schwinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-662-7751 the day of the trip.
Saturday, November 4 from
9:00 am to 3 pm
It’s time to order seed
for the ELIAS / QWR
Annual Seed Sale
Your pre-paid order needed by October 24 for pick up on November 4.
Start the winter off with plenty of seed! The birds will thank you all winter long! Please have your order form in by October 24th. This is a fund raiser for Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and for the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Bay Gardens will be in the Nature Center on the day of the sale selling bird related gift items!
Made possible with the generous assistance of Eastport Feeds.
Help Save Plum Island!
IN one of the most densely populated regions of the country, there is a largely undeveloped island habitat owned by the people: Plum Island, New York.
Plum Island is home to more than 1,000 species. It's a federally-owned wildlife sanctuary less than 2 miles off the northeast coast of Long Island, but the government is preparing to sell this rare national treasure on the auction block.
This is because Plum Island is also home to a government research facility that’s moving to Kansas in 2022. For decades, around 700 acres of the 840-acre island have been protected from development because they buffer a high-security federal animal disease research facility. Construction of the new facility in Kansas is already fully funded, but the government is still pushing to profit from selling Plum Island to the highest bidder.
Normally, when government land becomes available it is first offered to other agencies like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, but this process was bypassed for Plum Island. An auction sale would put the island at risk of private development that could ruin wildlife habitats, pollute Long Island Sound, and preclude future public access.
That’s where Save the Sound comes in. They’ve developed a three-prong action plan to transform this de facto wildlife refuge into an official one, leveraging powers of federal and state government as well as a coalition of public will.
You may also call these congress people to tell them that Saving Plum Island is a very high priority for Long Islanders in 2017...
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin)
Phone: (202) 225-3031
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Phone: (202) 225-4965
NY 1st District Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
D.C. Phone: 202-225-3826
Patchogue Office: Phone: (631) 289-1097
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY)
* ELIAS Meetings take place at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
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.
How to Become a Member
All memberships run from January to January. Dues are $20.00 per year. Send your membership dues to Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, 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.