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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Spring Bird Walks 

On all of our Spring walks - you will need to register with the leader. The number of participates will be limited to 12 per leader. Where necessary we will try to have multiple leaders with the groups taking different paths. 

Wednesday, May 12 meet at 8 am
Rocky Point DEC Property (Area 26)
Leader: Byron Young

We will meet at the eastern most parking lot for the DEC property located on the south side of the Route 25A Bypass. This property (Area 26) is a large area used by birders, bikers and hikers. It offers the possibility of woodland and migrating birds. 
The walk will be just over 2 miles along the bike paths. Be prepared for ticks even though the bike trail is fairly clear it is narrow. For additional information and reservations contact Byron at 631-294-9612 or email at

Directions to Area 26

Traveling west along Route 25A the turn into Parking Area 26 is just under one mile (.95 miles) from the beginning of the Bypass. The turn into the parking area is not highly visible but if you pass the light for Broadway/Veterans Way you have gone to far west.  

Traveling east on 25A the turn into parking spot 26 is approximately .8 miles from the McDonalds. Bear right onto the Rocky Point bypass and look for the entrance on your right just past the stop light for Broadway/Veterans Way. The sign for Area 26 is not visible until you get into the parking area.  

Saturday, May 15, meet at 8 am
Hunters Garden
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, Gnat catchers, as well as many warblers, are likely to be seen. Dress for ticks, and bring a snack/water. 

Meet along Route 51 where the dirt road leads into the property. From Sunrise the road is directly opposite a sign that says Northampton and has a crossover lane. To register contact Eileen at

Wednesday, May 19, meet at 8:00 am 
Leader: Eileen Schwinn 
Meet at Veterans Memorial Park parking lot off Route 25 in Riverhead. We will follow the wide paved path running between Rt 25 and River Road as we look for warblers and other woodland birds, working our way to the runway and looking for grassland birds including Meadowlark and Kestrals. To register contact Eileen at

Wednesday, May 26, meet at 8 am
Manorville Hills County Park
Leader: Byron Young & Suzi Stewart 
This is a large wilderness area used by hikers, bikers and birders. It is part of the Pine Barrens. It is also a stop off point for warblers on the way north. We are hoping to find a few of them. To register contact Byron at 631-294-9612 or email at The entrance to Manorville Hills County Park is located on Captain Daniel Roe Hwy (Route 111) in Manorville. The park entrance is off the northbound lanes. Coming from the Expressway or north you will need to make a u-turn at the light. Watch for the small sign before the light. 

Saturday, June 12, meet at 8:30 am
Birds of the Meadow & Woods, 
Eric Salzman Memorial Bird Walk 

Cosponsored by the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society (ELIAS) 
and the South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo)
Leader: Frank Quevedo, South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) 
Executive Director
For many years, the late Eric Salzman, a SOFO board member of long-standing, led this walk to explore the avian life of the meadow behind the South Fork Natural History Museum and the adjacent Greenbelt woodlands and wetlands. With his keen musical ear, Eric was adept at identifying birds simply by their songs and calls. We hold this annual walk in his memory and cosponsor it with the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, an organization in which he was very active. 
More details on participation is coming. 

Registration information to come.