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

Saturday, October 14, 2017:

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 8 a.m. – Autumn Birding by Kayak or Canoe                                                        Join us on a kayaking or canoeing trip down the Nissequogue River, on Sunday, October 15th. Meet at Paul T. Given County Park (across from the Smithtown Bull on West Main Street/Route 25, Smithtown at 8 a.m. High Tide at River’s mouth is 8:19 am. Low tide is at 2:35 p.m. We’ll be looking for fall migrants: warblers, ducks, and other waterfowl, other shorebirds, migrating raptors, including the possibility of an immature eagle and turkey vultures. We will launch by 8:30 am. Portage back to cars will be available for those who rent kayaks/canoes. We will arrange for a ‘Kayak/Canoe’-sitter to watch our personal kayaks while Joy transports those who have cars at the launch site at Paul T. Given Park so they can drive to the end-site at the Kings Park Bluff Boat Dock, by the River’s Mouth in Kings Park. Additionally, one can paddle back after tide turns at 2:35 p.m. at River’s mouth. We anticipate the trip will take about 3-4 hours, depending on sightings, stops, and crowd size. The main part of the river is 5.5 miles long. Bring water/beverages, snacks/lunch, and a kayak, paddle and pfd (life jacket). We also suggest bug spray, binoculars, Field Guide, camera, ziplock or other waterproof bags, and a light jacket. Kayaks and canoes will also be available for rent. Call Joy Cirigliano (631)766-3075 for more information. Rain Date October 29, 7:30 a.m. at Paul T. Given Park – High tide – 6:48 AM, Low Tide 1:04 PM


Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:30 a.m.  Off the Beaten Path – The Hidden Boardwalk in Blydenburgh County Park, Hauppauge

Join us as we bird through Blydenburgh’s beautiful woodland trails and streams, and marsh areas via the path and the little-known boardwalk.  Expect to see late migrants, as well as local resident species such as woodpeckers, songbirds, and raptors.  We have encountered a great-horned owl at this location, so with luck, we might spot this species as well.  Enter park at the Veterans Memorial Highway (South) entrance.

We will be meeting at the rowboat launch parking lot at 7:30 a.m. 


Saturday, November 11, 2017:

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


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.