Activities and Walks

SPRING 2020 BIRD WALKS AND EVENTS                                        


  • Friday, March 6, 2020A Plastic Ocean – A Plastic Ocean is a new award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. 

A Plastic Ocean documents the global effects of plastic pollution and highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone – from governments to individuals – can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean. A Plastic Ocean has been selected for screenings at international conferences and festivals around the world including at the Smithsonian Institute and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, where the film was seen by former US President Barack Obama and environmentalists Sylvia Earle and Jane Goodall. 

  • Friday, April 3, 2020Earth: One Amazing Day– From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters.  A baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commune to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically, and a sloth on the hunt for love.  Told with humor, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendor, Earth: One Amazing Day highlights how every day is filled with more wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now.
  • Friday, May 1, 2020In Search of Balance In Search of Balanceexplores a vision of health, science and nature that recognizes the importance of the interconnections between us, the food we consume, how we produce that food and the natural world at large including the mysterious, invisible world of the human microbiome.
  • 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, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480, ext. 232, or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.



Saturday, March 14, 2020:

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

Saturday, April 11, 2020:

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

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,

  • March 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • April 8, 2020 – 7:30 a.m.
  • May 13, 2020 – 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.  Leader: Luci Betti-Nash

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 – 7 p.m.

ARTHUR KUNZ COUNTY PARK, Sunday, March 29, 2020, 8 a.m.

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.  We’ll be looking for early spring migrants and some lingering winter visitors. Landing Avenue and Landing Road, San Remo.  Park on road.  Leader:  Joy Cirigliano

NISSEQUOGUE RIVER STATE PARK  Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 a.m.

Learn the less well-known bird walks at Nissequogue River State Park. A variety of habitats including tidal and fresh water wetlands and hardwood forests provide habitat to a variety of shore birds, reptiles and amphibians. A section of the park has been designated a State Bird Conservation Area. The Greenbelt Trail, for walking and hiking, parallels the Nissequogue River and provides scenic views of the river and the Long Island Sound from the top of the bluffs. Meet at the Administration Building, 799 St. Johnland Road, Kings Park.  Please reserve:  email or contact Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075


CEEDLI, (The Center for Environmental Education and Discovery         Sunday, April 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

Join Four Harbors Audubon Society board member Patricia Paladines on a hike of the new trails at in Brookhaven. Patricia will be joined by CEED Co-Founder and Site Director, Eric Powers in search of birds that call the CEED forest home. These new trails in this South Shore community consist of a mixed upland forest on the north side of South Country Road, and transition to wetland vegetation south of the road as the trail nears Beaver Dam Creek. Learn about the history of the Washington Lodge, home of the CEED offices, and the significant contributions toward the birth of the modern environmental movement made by people that resided in the area. CEEDLI is located at Washington Lodge, 287 South Country Road, Brookhaven, NY 11719

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Join us on Earth Day as we honor the memory of our friend, Diane Spitz, who spent many years as unofficial caretaker of Lily Pond Park and Preserve. We’ll bird as we clean up any trash we encounter along the way.  Meet at Steuben Blvd., Nesconset entrance. Please bring gloves, bags, and clippers if you have them.    Leader: Patrice Domeischel, email to indicate you will be attending or for additional information.

Macro Photography at West Meadow Beach, Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30 am

Pull out your macro lenses and join Four Harbors Audubon Society board member Patricia Paladines on a quest to photograph the tiny life on West Meadow beach. We will be in search of new life budding in this beach environment.  Contact Patricia Paladines at if you would like additional information.

HEMPSTEAD LAKE STATE PARK,   Thursday, April 30, 2019, 7:45 am, Meet at Field 3 Parking Lot

Hempstead Lake State Park is an IBA that supports large numbers of flycatchers, warblers, tanagers, Great Horned Owl,  and a mix of other birds from mid-April to late May. Please join Four Harbors Audubon Society as we look for some spring migrants. Please note there is a $8 per car fee after 8 a.m. unless you have a NYS Parks Pass.  Seniors, 62 and over, are free on weekdays.  Bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen.  Directions: Southern State Parkway West to Exit 18 (Eagle Avenue) and proceed south to parking lot 3. When you pass the booth, make left and proceed to the parking lot. Leader: Patrice Domeischel, email to indicate you will be attending or for additional information. 


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.

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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 much reserve:  email or call John Turner at 516-695-1490.

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Birding Without Borders:  An Epic World Big Year                                                                                          Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 6:30 p.m.,  Emma S. Clark Memorial Library,  Setauket, NY  11733 

Speaker: Noah Strycker

In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (, and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world. 

Noah Strycker, 34, is Associate Editor of Birding magazine, the author of five well-regarded books about birds, and a regular contributor of photography and articles to all major bird magazines as well as other media. Strycker set a world Big Year record in 2015, and his 2017 book, Birding Without Borders, relates the experience. His other books are Among Penguins (Oregon State University Press, 2011), The Thing with Feathers (Riverhead Books, 2014), Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic, 2018), and National Geographic Guide to the Backyard Birds of North America (National Geographic, 2019). Strycker has studied birds on six continents with field seasons in Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Australia, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, and the Farallon Islands. He also works as a naturalist guide on expedition cruises to Antarctica and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, literally spreading the inspiration of birds from pole to pole. Strycker is a competitive tennis player, has run five marathons, and hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. He is based in Oregon, where his backyard has hosted more than 100 species of birds.

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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. 

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