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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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Rescheduled for Saturday, January 13!

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.

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

Monday Night Meeting, February 5, 2018 at 7:15 pm
The Goatsuckers of Long Island
John Turner

John will focus on the goatsucker species found on LI . They include the Common Nighthawk, Whip-poor-will, and Chuck-will’s-widow. He will include a broader discussion of their adaptations and where they fit into the bigger family of birds that include Potoos!

John Turner is well known LI naturalist and birder) He is the author of Exploring the Other Island, a seasonal guide to nature on Long Island. He was one of the creators of the legislation that protects the Pine Barrens. He has taught, worked in government, and is frequently consulted for his expertise on legislative matters. He is a board member of Four Harbors Audubon, and frequently works with Seatuck in Islip. Currently he is working on establishing a regular count for the Night Hawks that fly over Melville Park in the fall. Plum Island is also on his radar. 

At Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 3 Old Country Rd, Quogue, NY 

Bird Walk on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, meet at 8 am
Montauk Point 
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Meet at The Point/Lighthouse parking lot (Voted Warmest Rest Rooms in Winter, Suffolk County!) Dress appropriately!! Expect the worst and hope for the BEST!!! Seabirds galore, we will visit the Point, Camp Hero, Montauk Lake, Ditch Plains, The Ranch, TR Campground and any place birds may be reported

Waterfowl Census 
January 13-21, 2018 
(target date - Sunday, January 14, 2018)

If you would like to participate in the Waterfowl Census, 
a project of New York State Ornithological Association, 
please contact one of the organizers:

Smith Point to Shinnecock Inlet
Contact Jay Kuhlman at sjkuhlman@aol.com or 631.878.4461

Yaphank to Peconic Bay
Contact Rosemary Valente at 631.882.2464 or hobbesmom4ever@gmail.com

Montauk to Shinnecock
Contact Frank Quevedo at 631.537.9735 or sofoexdir@optonline.con

Reeves Bay to Noyack Bay and Fresh Pond to Sag Harbor
Contact John McNeil at 631.281.2623 or mcneil.jp@gmail.com

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. 

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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