Activities and Walks

Nighthawk Migration Continues. Every evening at 5:30pm now through October 6, 2019. Join us at the Frank Melville Memorial Park Stone Bridge to witness one of Long Island’s most magnificent aerial spectacles. 

Saturday, September 28th, 11am – 4pm.  Look for Four Harbors Audubon Society at the Setauket Harbor Day event. 

Saturday September 28th 7:30 am – Nissequogue River State Park via Harrison Pond Park, St Johnland Rd, Kings Park, NY  Join Joy Cirigliano on a bird hike up part of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail from Harrison Pond Park into the rear of Nissequogue River State Park. We should see shorebirds, waders, ducks, woodland and edge species, and fall migrants along this wooded/dune/field walk. We will also learn a different way in to Nissequogue River State Park, which is not often used. Contact Joy Cirigliano for more info (631) 766-3075, joyous01@yahoo.com

Directions to Harrison Pond Town Park: From Route 25A, turn north on Landing Ave, and continue to end of road. Turn left onto Landing Road, then right at the first traffic light—St Johnland Road. Harrison Pond is on the left side of the road , half mile from Landing Road. (west of Riviera Drive, east of Nissequogue River State Park entrance)

Monday, October 7, 2019, 8 a.m. Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank. The Farm is known for sparrows, raptors, and grassland birds. We’ll walk the perimeter of the fields focusing on species such as the Savannah, White-crowned, White-throated, and Vesper Sparrow. Bobolinks can sometimes be found here, and Kestrels and other raptors are usually seen hunting over the fields. We might even visit the farm animals! Meet in parking lot. You must provide your own transportation. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 7:30 a.m. Trustees Road, West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook. Enjoy our 2nd Wednesday bird walk at West Meadow Wetlands Reserve. Meet at the kiosk located at the entrance to Trustees Road. Walk is approximately 2 miles. Meet in parking lot. You must provide your own transportation. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com

Saturday, October 12, 2019:  Enjoy our 2nd Saturday bird walks in Stony Brook and Setauket. Leader: Luci Betti-Nash

8 a.m. Avalon Park & Preserve – meet near the Grist Mill on Harbor Road, Stony Brook. We will bird the pond and then walk through the woods of Avalon Park. Then we will circle the fields up in the preserve before returning to the Grist Mill.

11 a.m. Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond – meet behind the old Post Office on Main Street in Setauket. We will bird the pond, check the estuary and the upper glade.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 a.m – 1 p.m. Robert Moses State Park Hawk Watch. One of the most exciting parts of fall migration, along the Atlantic migratory fly- way takes place on Fire Island. Luci Betti -Nash will lead our walk as we look for various species of hawks and falcons as well as migrating monarch butterflies and dragonflies. The Fire Island Hawk Watch is unique in that it takes place on a barrier beach. Please dress for the weather. Heavy rain will cancel the event. Rain date will be October 20th. Meet at Robert Moses State Park, Hawk Watch Platform at Field Five. You must provide your own transportation.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 a.m., Autumn Birding by Kayak or Canoe. Join Joy Cirigliano for birding and Fall color down the Nissequogue River. We will launch from Paul T. Given Park. Portage will be available for those renting kayaks. We can also arrange portage back for people to bring cars down to the bluff for kayak pick-up.

HIGH TIDE 10:16 AM – Kayak rentals available with Nissequogure River Canoe/ Bob’s Canoe on the outgoing tide at 10:00 at Paul Given County Park (“By the bull”) on the outgoing tide. Bring lunch, drinks, waterproof bags, binoculars, light jacket. Please make sure you have PFD if bringing your own kayak. Contact Joy Cirigliano for more info (631)766-3075, joyous01@yahoo.com

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9 a.m. Blydenburgh County Park
100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY.
Join us as we bird through Blydenburgh’s beautiful woodland trails and streams, and marsh areas. Expect to see late migrants, as well as local resident species such as woodpeckers, songbirds, and raptors. We’ll also be looking for returning water- fowl on the pond. Meet at rowboat launch. You must provide your own transportation. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com

Saturday, November 9, 2019:  Enjoy our 2nd Saturday bird walks in Stony Brook and Setauket. Leader: Luci Betti-Nash

* 9 a.m. Avalon Park & Preserve – meet near the Grist Mill on Harbor Road, Stony Brook. We will bird the pond and then walk through the woods of Avalon Park. Then we will circle the fields up in the preserve before returning to the Grist Mill.

*Please note November through March, the Avalon walks start at 9 a.m.

11 a.m. Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond – meet behind the old Post Office on Main Street in Setauket. We will bird the pond, check the estuary and the upper glade.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, *8:30 a.m. Trustees Road, West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook. 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. Meet in parking lot. You must provide your own transportation. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com

* Please note November through March, Wednesday walks start at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 a.m. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY. Situated on a scenic peninsula extending into Long Island Sound this English-style estate offers miles of pathway winding through woodland, meadows, shoreline and salt marsh. Caumsett is host to over 200 species of migratory and breeding birds. We will be on the lookout for Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and other raptors, sparrows such as White-crowned, Savannah, Vesper, and Grasshopper, and some rarities such as the American Pipit. There is an entrance fee unless you have an Empire Pass. You are responsible for your own transportation. Meet in parking lot. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, fourharborsheron@gmail.com

See current newsletter for additional FHAS activities

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.