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© 2017 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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Meeting on Monday Evening, December 4, 2017, at 7:15 pm*
The Healing Power of Nature:
A Practical Exploration of How Nature can
Influence our Health & Well-being

John P. Cardone

ELIAS is joining with Quogue Wildlife Refuge to bring you this program sponsored by Carman’s River Canoe & Kayak.

Long Island author, lecturer, and photographer John P. Cardone will get you thinking about how nature can help you feel better physically and mentally as he uses a PowerPoint presentation to present the facts. This talk is based on John’s research for his new book entitled, The Healing Power of Nature. During his talk, John presents information on how spending time with nature can influence your health & well-being. Along the way, he calls on his over 30 years in healthcare education, his own fight with illness, and his years as a lover of the outdoors while presenting the scientific facts. Enjoy his nature photos of wildlife and waterscapes, most taken while kayaking LI waters. Find out more about the importance of calming your mind, the health benefits of the outdoors, and why it is especially important to share this spirit with children—all of which will get you wanting to spend more time with nature.

In December is Christmas Bird Count time! 
Click on the link left to find out how to participate. 

​Nature Walk on Saturday, January 6, 2018, meet at 9 am
Lakes Around Patchogue
Leader: John McNeil

Meet at the parking area at the corner of Lake Drive and East Main Street in East Patchogue by the side of Swan Lake. (Across the street from the Robowash). We will check out Swan Lake and then visit several other spots for a look at the bountiful water birds that flock to LI in the winter. Hopefully a surprise or two will be waiting for us. Contact John McNeil at 631.281.2623 or mcneil.jp@gmail.com.

Snow date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

For all our walks be sure to dress for the weather and bring binoculars! 

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
(202) 224-2541
Contact: www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=contact

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
(202) 224-6542
Contact: www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. - (D - NY)
(202) 224-4451
Contact: www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

* 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.

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. 

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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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