Activities and Walks

Please note that, until further notice, all FHAS April nature walks and activities have been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

SPRING 2020 BIRD WALKS AND EVENTS                                        



Saturday, May 9, 2020:

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 8 a.m.
  • Frank Melville Memorial Park/Mill Pond Bird Walk, 11 a.m.
  • Leader: Luci Betti-Nash.  (Due to park renovations at Avalon, there will be some trail closures.  We will continue to meet at the Grist Mill, explore the immediate area including the pond, and will expand our walks to some other open trails, including the fields and wooded areas.)


Enjoy a weekday bird walk at West Meadow Wetlands Reserve. Meet at the kiosk located at the entrance to Trustees Road.  We will bird along Trustees Road and return via the beach.  Walk is 2 miles.  Walks sometimes run late; bring water and snacks.  Leader: Patrice Domeischel,

  • May 13, 2020 – 7:30 a.m.

JAMAICA BAY WILDLIFE REFUGE, Sunday, May 3, 2020 (Members Only)

Jamaica Bay boasts more than 325 bird species throughout the year.  Home to salt marsh, woods, and freshwater ponds, the refuge is one of the best locations in New York to find migrating birds.  It lives up to its reputation as an “oasis” in the middle of New York. Expect to see migrants and returning breeders including warblers, vireos, flycatchers, egrets, shorebirds, and more!  175 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY  11693.  Meet in Visitor’s Center parking lot.  Directions:  Take Northern State Pkwy W to exit 44, Sagtikos Pkwy.  Continue to Southern State Parkway west.  Continue to Belt Parkway west.  Take exit 17S for Cross Bay Blvd S.  Continue to 175 Cross Bay Blvd.  Bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen.

Leader: Patrice DomeischelYou must register. Email to indicate you will be attending or for additional information.  (Members Only)  Join Four Harbors Today:

DELAWARE BAY FIELD TRIP, May 17, 2020 (Members Only)

We’ll begin our full one-day trip to Delaware Bay, to witness the annual horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon, by meeting at the LIE Exit 49 Park & Ride at 6 a.m. on May 17th.  From there we’ll carpool and caravan to several beaches on the New Jersey side of Delaware Bay, including first to Reed’s Beach, then work our way south to Kimble’s Beach, Cooks Beach, and Norbury’s Landing. Red KnotsRuddy Turnstones, and Semipalmated Sandpipers land there to refuel on horseshoe crab eggs before continuing their northbound migration to arctic breeding grounds. Next we’ll swing by the Cape May Bird Observatory’s Center for Research & Education, and the Heislerville Wildlife Management area where in the past I’ve seen tens of thousands of shorebirds including large numbers of Dunlin in beautiful, breeding plumage. After that we’ll work our way back to Long Island, birding the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on the coast (also known as Brigantine NWR)- there is an entrance fee to the refuge).  Join us for all or part of the trip.  A good time should be had by all!                            Note:  Itinerary may be revised if we are running short on time.  You must reserve by emailing or by calling John Turner at 516-695-1490.  Members Only:  Join Four Harbors today at

SWEETBRIAR NATURE CENTER, Sunday, May 31, 8:00 a.m.

Sweetbriar Nature Center is situated on 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field, and wetland habitats on the Nissequogue River. Hundreds of species of plants and animals make homes here.  We’ll be searching for late migrants, and breeding birds on the grounds. Afterwards we’ll visit some of the rescued wild birds and animals in residence here at Sweetbriar’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.    62 Eckernkamp Dr, Smithtown, NY 11787

Joy Cirigliano, leader.  Email or contact Joy at 631-766-3075 with questions. 

GOATSUCKERS GALORE!  Friday, June 5, 2020, 6 p.m. (Members Only)

Join Four Harbors Audubon Society as we get a jump on a fun-filled weekend by venturing to the Long Island Dwarf Pine Plains to listen for two of the Island’s native “goatsuckers”- Chuck-will’s-widow and Eastern Whip-poor-will, as they call at night during the breeding season. Led by John Turner, the walk will provide an overview of this fascinating group of birds and you’ll learn how they got their goatsucker name! Before dark we’ll look for nesting birds that inhabit the dwarf pine plains such as Prairie Warblers, Eastern Towhees, and Vesper Sparrows. With some luck, we might see a buck moth, striped skunk, or grey fox.

Meet at the Pine Barrens Commission office on the east side of County Route 31 in Westhampton just south of the Exit 63 interchange with Sunrise Highway. Bring a flashlight and comfortable shoes as we’ll be walking approximately two miles. You must reserve: email or call John Turner at 516-695-1490.



Shorebird Identification Workshop and Field Trip With Mike Cooper

Workshop: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:30 pm
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main Street, Setauket, NY  11733
Field Trip: Saturday, August 15, 2020, Cupsogue County Park, time TBD

Mike is back!  Join us for a shorebird workshop and field trip to follow.  More details to follow. 

Members only.  Advance registration is required, and space is limited. Email: to register.

Become a Four Harbors Audubon Society member today.  Go to our Membership page.