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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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Here's what's on our schedule! 
Hope you will make it part of yours.

NATURE WALK: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, meet at 8:30 am 
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. 
The entrance to North Fork Preserve is on Sound Avenue, just east of Church Lane in Riverhead. Follow the driveway to the parking area by the former hunting lodge. Dress for ticks, however, we will be on mowed paths for most of the walk. 

NATURE WALK: Saturday, May 19 at 9:00 am
Birding the Fields, Woods and Bluffs 
of Hallockville Museum Farm and 
Hallock State Park 
Leader: MaryLaura Lamont 
This walk begins at Hallockville Museum Farm. Please park there. Diversity of habitats at the Hallockville Farm complex along Long Island Sound produces good bird sightings from warblers, swallows, vultures to kingbirds and Osprey. Program sponsored by Hallockville Museum Farm. There is an $8.00 fee which goes to their educational programs. Call (631) 298-5292 to register.

NATURE WALK: Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 am 
​Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Beginning at 7:30 am, we will meet in the parking lot of the Refuge, and walk the approximately one mile loop around the Ice Pond. Various warbler-loving habitats — pine woods, open fields, and tangled understory — will be explored. In past years, this hidden gem has had Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and even Yellow-throated Warbler, along with the expected nesting warblers and song birds! Almost guaranteed to be tick-free (the Wildlife staff makes sure the trails are wide and brush-free), this spot is a real winner! Contact Eileen at beachmed@optonline.net for more information.

NATURE WALK: Thursday, May 24 at 8 am 
Hunters Garden, Eastport
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (border of Brookhaven and Southampton Townships, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a DEC managed area which is truly unique. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us in a rather hilly section of the South Shore. Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnatcatchers, as well as many warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/water. We will meet at the clearing at the end of the dirt road (which will, hopefully, have an open yellow gate), approximately one mile from the Route 51 “entrance”. Contact Eileen at beachmed@optonline.net for more information.

NATURE WALK: Saturday, June 2 at SoFo - Meet at 8 am
Eric Salzman Memorial Walk at 
South Fork Natural History Museum
Leader: Eileen Schwinn
Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
On this joint walk we will explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and remember Eric Salzman who led this walk for many years. We will miss his keen ear to ID the bird songs. This walk will provide an opportunity to see and—especially—hear some of our locally breeding birds. The two-hour walk will be followed by a short introduction to the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society. Light refreshments will be served.
There is no charge for this event, but advance reservations are required. Please call SoFo at (631) 537-9735 for reservations and directions to the Museum, if you need them.

EVENING PROGRAM: Monday, June 4 2018 at 7:15 pm
Finding & Identifying 
Shorebirds, Terns, & 
other Coastal Birds on Long Island
Shai Mitra
The month of June has an undeserved reputation as a slow time for non-breeding species, but it occupies the middle of an exceptionally dynamic period of bird occurrence on Long Island. Because of its geographic position and its diversity of habitats Long Island routinely hosts many species of interesting and unfamiliar coastal species during the early summer. This talk will focus on how to find and identify shorebirds, terns, and pelagic birds from land, and on techniques whereby birders can deepen their appreciation of all birds and sharpen their insights into avian ecology by looking for seasonal movements at unexpected times and in unexpected places.
Shai Mitra has studied birds in the northeastern United States and around the world for more than 35 years. He received a BA in Biology from Cornell University in 1989 and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago in 1996. From 1996-2000 he operated a major bird-banding station at the Fire Island Lighthouse, on the South Shore of Long Island. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of Staten Island, with research interests in the areas of avian ecology, evolution, and conservation. Shai is Editor of The Kingbird, the quarterly publication of the New York State Ornithological Association; co-compiler of bird records for the New York City and Long Island region; Chair of the Rhode Island Avian Records Committee; and co-compiler of the Captree Christmas Bird Count and two other CBCs on Long Island and Rhode Island.

 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. 

Do 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.

Print a membership form and send it in.
​Please Note: Our Plum Island Trip 
scheduled for September 
has been cancelled.