All levels of naturalists, including beginners,
 are most welcome on Eastern Long Island Audubon field trips. 

Most trips are free to attend, 
however, sometimes the venue we are visiting has a fee. 
We try to make a note of it in the notice.

​Eileen Schwinn, Field Trip Chair


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December - 
Christmas Bird Counts

Each year, world-wide, thousands of folks head out between mid-December and early January to count their local birds. This year, the Count calendar runs from Dec 14, 2022 through Jan 5, 2023. 

A single-day “snap shot” of bird populations. Various teams made up of experienced and novice birders cover specific areas that historically have been surveyed – in some cases, for over 50, 75 or 100 years!

The counts usually begin in the pre-dawn hours and continuing through sunset, in rain, snow, sleet and beautiful sunshine, teams record every bird they see – on land, on sea and in the air. Backyard birders are also encouraged to participate – if that backyard falls within a Count Circle!  

Local CBCs are: 

North Fork – Dec. 16. 2022- Contact person is Jennifer Murray (

Quogue Water Mill – Dec. 18, 2022
Contact person is Steve Biasetti (

Central Suffolk – Dec. 27, 2022  
Contact person is Eileen Schwinn (

Other Counts are available 
(Orient, Montauk, and further to the west)

By viewing the National Audubon website, you can learn more about The Count and how to participate. 

Follow these steps to participate in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count:

Step 1
Read these details to become familiar with Audubon's Christmas Bird Count.

Step 2
Check out the map above to find a count near you. Green and yellow circles are open for new participants, and red circles are full. 

Step 3
To arrange participation contact compilers by email in advance of count day by using the information from the circle pop-ups on the map. 

Step 4
Sign up for American Birds so you can hear about the results of the Christmas Bird Count and other Audubon community science programs!

Step 5
Already signed up for a count? Then head over to our CBC Live tracker to see photos posted from others who are scouting for or participating in the Christmas Bird Count, and upload your own photos!.