Activities and Walks

Monthly Walks

Please join us on our monthly Second Saturday bird walks held at Avalon Park and Preserve in Stony Brook and Frank Melville Park in Setauket.  These walks are free for all; no registration is required.  Binoculars are recommended.

Avalon Walk:  Meet in front of the Stony Brook Grist Mill next to Stony Brook Pond at 8 a.m. (November through March walks are held at 9 a.m.)  

Frank Melville Park Walk:  Meet at the Setauket Post Office located at 101 Main Street at 11 a.m. 

The walks usually last 1 to 2 hours. Note that the walks may be canceled due to cold weather, rain, or snow.  Please wear appropriate attire for the weather conditions.

Upcoming Walks and Events




Saturday, March 9, 2019:

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 9 a.m.
  • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 13, 2019:

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 8 a.m.
  • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019 (Migratory Bird Day)

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 8 a.m.
  • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m.



Enjoy a weekday bird walk at West Meadow Wetlands Reserve. Meet at the kiosk located at the entrance to Trustees Road.  Walk is approximately 2 miles.

  • March 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • April 10, 2019 – 7:30 a.m.
  • May 8, 2019 – 7:30 a.m.


Witness the fascinating courtship display of the American Woodcock.  Join us on one, or all, of the dates below. There will be a short half-hour evening walk preceding each woodcock walk at time noted below to check for other birds that might be in the area.  All walks will take place at Avalon Park and Preserve. Meet at the Barn, located on Shep Jones Lane. 

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2019 –6:10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 7 p.m.


ANNUAL DIANE SPITZ MEMORIAL BIRD WALK AND CLEAN UP                                                                    Sunday, April 14, 2019, 8 a.m.  Join us in honor of Earth Day and in memory of our friend, Diane Spitz, who spent many years as unofficial caretaker of Lily Pond Park and Preserve. Meet at Steuben Blvd. entrance. Please bring gloves and bags; we will be picking up trash as we bird.

FAMILY BEACH WALK AT WEST MEADOWSaturday, April 20, 2019,  11 a.m.                                                Join Patricia Paladines for a family beach walk and learn about the abundant and varied sea life found on the West Meadow shore. Meet at the pavilion.  Email to reserve.


  • Sunday, April 7, 2019, 8 a.m., Arthur Kunz County Park (Note Date Correction)

Join us for a scenic walk through local Oak/Hickory woodlands and marsh to look for local resident birds and migrants along the low glacial ridge and saltmarsh by the Nissequogue River and along the edge of the Smithtown Landing Country Club. Landing Avenue and Landing Road, San Remo.  Park on road. 

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8 a.m., Nissequogue River State Park (Note Date Correction)

Learn the less well-known bird walks at Nissequogue River State Park. Meet at the Administration Building, 799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park. 

Birding Trip to Central Park—Sunday, May 5, 2019

Join Four Harbors Audubon on a birding trip to Central Park to view spring migrants as they rest up before continuing to their northern breeding grounds. Central Park has hosted up to 30 warbler species, some of which include: American Redstart, Tennessee, Hooded, Cape May, Blackpoll, Northern Parula, Canada, Wilson’s, Blackburnian, and many more. Expect to see other migrants: vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, swallows, orioles, all in full breeding plumage, as well as year-round residents and returning resident breeders. We will be taking an early train in to the city. Bring breakfast/lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent. Please reserve with contact information.   Additional information will be sent before the trip.  RSVP:

Friday Movie Nights with Four Harbors Audubon


Friday March 1, Nature:  What Plants Talk About (2013)  60 min -Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. Scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the “secret world of plants,” revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, cooperate and, sometimes, wage all-out war. So come along for the ride and discover that plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think!

Friday April 5, Trashed- No Place For Waste (2013), Film star Jeremy Irons looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. The film reveals surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. A global conversation from Iceland to Indonesia between the film star Jeremy Irons and scientists, politicians and ordinary individuals whose health and livelihoods have been fundamentally affected by waste pollution. Visually and emotionally the film is both horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call. But it ends on a message of hope: showing how the risks to our survival can easily be averted through sustainable approaches that provide far more employment than the current waste industry.

Friday May 3  – Vanishing of the Bees (2009) 87 min.                                                                                                        At least one third of the food on our tables comes from sources pollinated by bees and other pollinators.  Join Joy Cirigliano from Four Harbors Audubon and discover what is happening to our pollinators, and how we can help them in our own yards.  A piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. The film examines our current agricultural landscape and celebrates the ancient connection between man and the honeybee. The story highlights the positive changes that have resulted due to the tragic phenomenon known as “Colony Collapse Disorder.” A dramatic tale of science and mystery, illuminating this extraordinary crisis and its greater meaning about the relationship between humankind and the Planet. The bees have a message – but will we listen?

Presenter:  Joy Cirigliano.  All movies will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Smithtown Library, Main Building, One North Country Road, Smithtown.  Free and open to all.  Reservations required.  Call Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075, email, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480 ext. 232 , or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.


Sunday, June 9, 2019, Late Spring Birding by  Kayak or Canoe  

Save the date!!  Join us on a kayaking or canoeing trip down the Nissequogue River, on Sunday, June 9.  We will be looking for late nesting warblers, shorebirds, terns, cormorants, swallows, martins, and raptors.  Information concerning this trip will be included in the summer newsletter.


World Birding: Travels and Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30 pm.                                                                                                                                 Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Setauket, NY

Presented by Douglas Futuyma, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Biology, Stony Brook University

More and more birders have been expanding their quest beyond their home area to the entire country and to the great wide world. In this talk, Dr. Futuyma will share some of the thrill and satisfaction of seeing exotic species in exotic environments, from rain-forest cassowaries to sub-Antarctic albatrosses and desert larks. He will also pose and partly answer some of the questions that these experiences prompt about evolution. Why have some groups of birds diversified more than others? How do new species form? How can we account for giant flightless birds on all the southern continents? Why are there so many more species of birds in the tropics?  Dr. Futuyma aims to illustrate that esthetic appreciation and scientific understanding together can enrich the experience of birding.

Doug Futuyma received his B.S. in Conservation at Cornell University and his Masters and PhD from the University of Michigan.   After receiving his PhD in 1969, he started a faculty position at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the Department of Ecology and Evolution.

At Stony Brook, Doug initiated undergraduate and graduate courses in evolution and ecology, and a research program on genetic variation in herbivorous insects, in relation to their use of different host plants. The evolution of plant-herbivore interactions became the lasting theme of his research. In 1969, Sinauer Associates published the first of seven editions of his undergraduate textbook Evolutionary Biology (later Evolution), which has been translated into ten languages and led to his appointment as Editor of the journal Evolution (1981-1983).  Reacting to the rise of creationism, he published a popular book, Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution (Pantheon) in 1982. He has published 111 scientific articles and book chapters and more than 42 book reviews.

Among his professional positions, Doug has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution (1987), the American Society of Naturalists (1994), and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (2007), Editor of Evolution (as noted earlier) and Quarterly Review of Biology, member of the editorial boards of Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2008-present), and has been the Editor of Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics since 2002.  Since 1987. he has given invited lectures in 25 countries other than the U.S., where he has given about 108 lectures at 63 institutions. He received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1974), the Sewall Wright Award of the American Society of Naturalists (1997), and the Joseph Leidy Award of the Academy of Natural Sciences (2012).  He has been a Guggenheim Fellow (1992-93) and a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1999-2000), and was named an Honorary Doctor of the National University of Mongolia (2013). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996) and of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. in 2006. Doug continues to be an avid naturalist, and has seen more than 70 percent of bird species worldwide.

Light refreshments.  Free and open to all. Reservations required.   Email:


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Directions to Avalon Park and Preserve – 200  Harbor Road. Stony Brook NY.

From the Long Island Expressway:
Take EXIT 62 (C.R. 97, or Nicolls Road) NORTH until it ends at 25A in Stony Brook. Turn LEFT onto 25A and proceed approximately 1.5 miles to Main Street. Immediately before the stoplight, bear RIGHT onto Main Street. One block ahead on the LEFT is Harbor Road. Parking is available along Main Street, on Harbor Road, and in the village shopping center just past the park on Main Street. The park’s boardwalk entrance is on Harbor Road.
Trail maps are available in the kiosk at the Harbor Road entrance.