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Monday Evening Meeting and Program
February 3, 2020 at 7:15 pm
How’s the Water?
Pat Aitken

My interest in birds began as a child, when my mother pointed out a Towhee in Shu Swamp when I was still a toddler. Birds were always something I paid attention to and watched, but I didn’t really become a “birder” until a few years ago. Wish I had paid more attention to the birds I saw when I was young, but I do remember Evening Grosbeaks at my backyard feeders in Oyster Bay.

I’m now the Coordinator for the Peconic Estuary Protection Committee, which is an affiliation of municipalities dedicated to restoring and improving water quality and habitats in the Peconic Estuary. As you all are aware, there are many challenges and problems, both with drinking water and surface water, on Long island. I will talk about what is being done today to address those problems.

Hope to see you at Quogue on Feb. 3rd.

Pat Aitken




​Saturday Morning Field Trip
February 15, 2020, meet at 8:30 am
MONTAUK – the End!
Leader: Eileen Schwinn

Meet at 8:30 am at the lower parking lot at Montauk Point. (Heated restrooms are available at this parking lot). The tip of Long Island is the go-to winter place − if you are an ocean-loving sea bird! Huge rafts of birds are usually seen from the (closed) restaurant patio, as well as other points along the shoreline. We will be visiting other well-known birding spots in Montauk, all dependent upon which birds have been reported in the area − rare geese, shorebirds, overwintering hardy songbirds are all possibilities. Plan to spend at least three hours on this field trip − and dress for the weather! Please contact Eileen Schwinn, trip leader, for information, and please let her know if you plan to attend this field trip (beachmed@optonline.net).




Monday Evening Meeting and Program
March 2, 2020 at 7:15 pm
New York 
Breeding Bird Atlas
Julie Hart
New York Breeding Bird Atlas Project Coordinator
New York Natural Heritage Program

It has been 20 years since the last breeding bird atlas in New York State, and a lot has changed! The third atlas will take place from 2020-2025 and involve thousands of volunteers from across the state. This talk will cover the history of the Atlas, the importance of atlas data, and how you can get involved. Learn how the third atlas will differ from previous atlases, including how we will be using eBird for data entry. EBird will make it easier to track progress and allow anyone to enter data anywhere. Atlasing is a great excuse to explore new areas and provides an intimate look into the daily lives of birds. Whether you are a beginner or advanced birder, this unique opportunity will strengthen your birdwatching skills while contributing valuable data to a large conservation-oriented project. ​Programs are free and take place at Quogue Wildlife Refuge. 



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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communiites from Patchogue to Montauk along the South Shore of Long Island, including western Riverhead, Brookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton.