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© 2018 Eastern Long Island 
Audubon Society
"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 Southampton, East Hampton, 
Western Riverhead and Brookhaven
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Saturday, March 3, 2018, meet at 8 am for a bird walk at 
Elizabeth Morton NWR
Leader: Byron Young 
This is always a special walk. Just at the edge of winter, you will be greeted by lots of hungry birds, that eat right out of your hand. Frequently there are pockets of over-wintering birds. Great photo ops as you are close to the birds. Meet at the Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge parking lot at 8 am. It is roughly a 2 mile walk to the beach and around the refuge. 
Dress warmly and appropriately. Bring binoculars! Bird seed 
will be provided. 

Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm for an evening program on 
Restoring the Spring Migration of River Herring
Enrico Nardonne
Long Island’s numerous coastal tributaries all once hosted annual spring migrations of river herring and American eels. These unique fish transferred ocean energy into the estuaries and provided forage for countless other species, which helps to drive our entire coastal ecosystem. While most of these runs have been severely impacted by dams and culverts, they still persist in many places. Seatuck’s River Revival Project seeks to reconnect our rivers and streams and rebuild populations of the migratory fish that rely on them. Seatuck staff will provide background on these fascinating fish and detail the River Revival Project and other efforts underway to restore their populations.

Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:15 pm for an evening programs from 
Perfect Earth Project
Edwina von Gal 
It’s time for all of us to take to heart the warnings and real science that demonstrate the hazards to people, pets, and wildlife from the use of pesticides and herbicides in our lawns and gardens. Renowned garden designer Edwina von Gal’s Perfect Earth Project, based in East Hampton, NY, collaborates with professional gardeners and lawn care services to educate workers and customers about these hazards and present sustainable, wildlife-friendly alternatives to a beautiful lawn. Edwina will talk about her “conversion” to toxin-free and why toxin-free is important to supporting biodiverse ecosystems. She will also provide the basics of nature-based maintenance, and design suggestions for keeping it easy with special attention to bird habitat.

Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session for individuals to address specific needs and to provide action items for encouraging neighbors and communities to engage in practices that will protect wildlife and bird populations on a wider scale.

Edwina von Gal is the Principal Landscape Designer at Edwina von Gal + Co. and the founder and president of Perfect Earth Project. Edwina creates landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability for private and public clients around the world. She has collaborated with architects such as Frank Gehry, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, and Richard Meier, on projects for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Richard Serra, Larry Gagosian, and many others in the design and art community. Her work has been published in many major publications. Her book Fresh Cuts won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing. Edwina created the Perfect Earth Project in 2013, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals to protect the health of people, their pets, and the planet. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018, meet at 8:30 am for a bird walk at
North Fork Preserve
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Vernal ponds, meadows and wooded areas attract a variety of visiting migrants and nesting birds, in addition to raptors, and thrushes. Each day is different during migration season. Dress for ticks, however, we will be on mowed paths for most of the walk.

The entrance to North Fork Preserve is on Sound Avenue, just east of Church Lane in Riverhead. Follow the long, paved driveway to the parking area by the former hunting lodge. 

Saturday, April 28th, Noon to 3:00 pm
Earth Day Celebration
Come and celebrate nature and our lovely planet at 
Quogue Wildlife Refuge! The day will include guided 
Bird Walks by ELIAS, live animal presentations, 
crafts, environmental exhibitors, and 
self-guided kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond. 
This celebration is offered by 
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, 
Westhampton Beach Earth Day, & 
Quogue Wildlife Refuge. 
A great day for all ages! 
Check http://quoguewildliferefuge.org 
for more detailed schedule of events. 
No reservations necessary. 
Rain or shine.

Eastern Long Island Ambassador Training

Making a real difference for birds and our changing climate is so easy!

Eastern Long Island Audubon is proud to co-sponsor this event with NY Audubon 
Friday, April 13th from 1 pm to 4 pm
at the Nature Center at 
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 
3 Old Country Road, Quogue

Are you passionate about the health of your community’s natural resources? If so, consider learning more about becoming an Audubon Ambassador!

Audubon Ambassadors are a committed group of people passionate about the health and resiliency of their community, and want to turn their values into action. You don't need to be an expert on birds - everyone is welcome! Ambassadors advocate for policies, laws, and practices that make the world sustainable for birds and people alike. Where birds thrive, people prosper.

This training will prepare you to become a climate advocate in Eastern Long Island! We will cover topics like

Being the messenger: Tips for having productive conversations on climate change, how to speak to representatives, and identifying stakeholders.

Being the solution: Changes we can make in our own homes, our backyards, and in our community that birds and people need for a safe, resilient, sustainable future.

Being an advocate: Why organizing matters, how to start a campaign, and concrete steps we can take today to be a voice for birds.

The program is free to attend but we do encourage you to register. 
We hope to see you there! 

For questions or more information please email Kelly Knutson, New York Field Organizer, at kknutson@audubon.org. This training is co-sponsored by Audubon New York & Eastern Long Island Audubon Society.

To register click on the button below

* ELIAS Meetings are held 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. Print the form near the top of the second column.

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. 

If you have a suggestion: 

If you have a suggestion for a bird walk, please contact Eileen Schwinn at beachmed@optonline.net

If you have a suggestion for a program please contact Suzi Stewart at suzizny@aol.com
or Bob Adamo at radamo4691@gmail.com.

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Print a membership form and send it in.