UPCOMING EVENTS BY DATE
Saturday, November 4 from
9:00 am to 3 pm AT QWR
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 (QWR). 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.
Meeting on Monday Evening, November 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm (at QWR)
What do I need? Where do I go? WHEN do I go? How do I go? Join Eileen Schwinn, ELIAS vice-president and Trip Leader, to learn the basics of one of the fastest growing hobbies in the U.S. today. Eileen has traveled to Washington State, California, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Maine, and Ohio(??), as well as Aruba, Iceland, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Germany, and, most recently, Cuba, always in search of BIRDS! Never leaving home with out her binoculars, she has contributed articles and photographs describing a number of her “adventures” to our Newsletter, The Osprey. “No matter how cluttered your life - or your mind is - a few minutes or hours out with the birds, can help put things in perspective. It’s renewing and rewarding, and time well spent. And you get to meet some pretty neat birds - and people along the way!” Come learn the Basics of Birding, and maybe you too, will be bitten by The Birding Bug!
Two November Pre-Thanksgiving Walks
Walk on Saturday, November 18, 2017, meet at 9 am
Hallock State Park
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
Sponsored by the Hallock Museum Farm and led by ELIAS board member MaryLaura Lamont this walk, of about 2-miles, goes through fields and into the woods of Hallock State Park where we will reach dunes with spectacular views of Long Island Sound. We are looking for a variety of migrants, and wintering birds. Bring binoculars. Dress for the weather. There is a $7 charge for this walk, $5 for members of Hallock Museum Farm. The fee benefits the Museum’s education fund. Please call the Museum for reservations, 631-298-5292.
Walk on Sunday, November 19, 2017, meet at 9 am
William Floyd Estate
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont
The old William Floyd Estate has a variety of habitats featuring fields, creeks, woods and marsh so it brings in a rich variety of birds as they migrate through the 613 acres. Situated on beautiful Moriches Bay we can observe shorebirds, ducks, hawks and possibly bald eagles as well as sparrows, woodpeckers and some warblers. Join us for this late autumn bird walk of 3 miles. Please use the main Entrance Gate at 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach Call 631-399-2030 for more info or directions.
Meeting on Monday Evening, December 4, 2017, at 7:15 pm (at QWR)
’Owl be Home for Christmas
As the days get shorter and the long cold winter sets in, many Long Islanders head into their cozy warm homes. And... birders do a little happy dance, bundle up and head outdoors to find all of our new cold weather visitors. Winter is a great time for birding with the arrival of geese, seabirds, ducks, winter finches, and the most exciting... Snowy and Short-eared Owls! !
Come enjoy an evening of winter birding excitement. We will share sightings, enjoy some snacks & watch the PBS movie “Magic of the Snowy Owl.” A beautifully filmed tale of a pair of Snowy Owls as they raise their family on the brutal Arctic tundra.
We even have a few owly objects to raffle off.
Owl attire & fuzzy slippers welcome
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.