Activities and Walks




  • Friday, December 13, 2019Planet Earth II – Jungles and Cities, From the frozen tundra in the north to the dry forests of the equator, Sir David Attenborough narrates a compelling view of the planet.We will watch both episodes and discuss the differences between an urban environment and a natural environment, and which animals have adapted to survive in both.
  • Friday, January 3, 2020Before the Flood, (2016) 1h 36min– Using his celebrity status to draw attention to the problem of global warming, one of the most important and pressing issues of our time,  Leonardo DiCaprio travels the globe to witness firsthand the effects of an impending environmental disaster. By visiting ancient melting glaciers and leveled Indonesian tropical forests, DiCaprio unearths an urgent situation and the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, going as far as to visit President Obama himself for an in-depth interview. But, can this crusade inspire the climate-change deniers?
  • Friday, February 7, 2020Vanishing of the Bees, At least one third of the food on our tables comes from sources pollinated by bees and other pollinators.  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, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480, ext. 232, or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.



Saturday, December 14, 2019:

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

Saturday, January 11, 2020:

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

Saturday, February 8, 2020:

  • Avalon Park & Preserve Bird Walk, 9 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.  We will bird along Trustees Road and return via the beach.  Walk is 2 miles.  Patrice Domeischel,

  • December 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • January 8, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.
  • February 12, 2020 – 8:30 a.m.



  • Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9 am – Saltwater waterfowl counts: Meet at Smithtown Marina to start count at the Marina and Otto Schubert Park, Nissequogue Bird Sanctuary, Long Beach, Short Beach, Nissequogue River State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park to follow. Inclement weather date: Sunday, January 26
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020, 9 am – Freshwater, waterfowl counts at Blydenburgh south and north entrances, Caleb Smith, and Landing Avenue Park. Meet at Blydenburgh south entrance (Veterans Memorial Highway) at the rowboat launch. Inclement weather date: January 26

Counters are welcome for all or part of the day.  Please RSVP to let us know you wish to assist.  Email:  Please bring a scope if you have one.

DAVID WELD SANCTUARY, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – 10 am, Boney Lane, St James, NY 11780                                                  Join us on a bird walk through an impressive array of habitats and glacial handiwork at David Weld Sanctuary on Long Island’s North Shore. Trails cross an old field dotted with red cedars, loop around a red maple swamp, pass colossal tulip trees, climb a 50-foot bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound.  There are also 1,800 feet of beachfront and a number of enormous boulders scattered throughout the woods and along the shore.  We expect to see resident winter woodland birds as well as winter waterfowl.   There is limited parking (6 spaces).  Carpooling is encouraged.  Inclement weather cancels the walk.  Please email Patrice Domeischel, to indicate you will be attending or for additional information.

END-OF-DECADE WALK, Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 8 a.m. Cordwood Landing County Park

Meet in the Cordwood Landing County Park parking lot in Miller Place.


Join FHAS Board Member Patricia Paladines for a reflective End-of-the-Decade Walk at Cordwood Landing County Nature Preserve.

Explore the Cordwood Landing County Park Nature Preserve and take note of an ever-changing landscape.  From the bluffs of the Harbor Hill terminal moraine, to the mixed forest that now covers the property, this preserve is an inspiring example of nature’s resilience in the face of geological and anthropogenic change throughout time. 

We will be on the lookout for winter woodland birds, such as, woodpeckers, Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees, kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Brown Creepers. On the Long Island Sound, we should be able to observe various gulls and sea ducks, as well as Common and Red-throated Loons. 

Cordwood Landing County Nature Preserve was once a Girl Scout camp – Camp Barstow. It was named Cordwood Landing in recognition of the fact it provided one of the few necessary and convenient access points along the hilly north shore for horse drawn wagons to bring loads of cordwood, cut from the island’s interior, to the LI sound waterfront for loading up boats which then transported the wood to NYC and up the Hudson River to Haverstraw Bay. In some years thousands of cords were moved this way and the cutting changed the composition of LI forests.  Please reserve at:


PAUMANOK TRAIL, Schultz Road, Manorville, Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 9 a.m.

Paumanok Trail was a little-known birding locale prior to 2018 when Red Crossbills were discovered in the woods.  We will be taking a leisurely stroll through scrub pine forest in search of winter resident species such as sparrows, nuthatch, and woodpeckers, and possibly some winter visitors such as Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin.

You must provide your own transportation.   Inclement weather cancels the walk.  Please email Patrice Domeischel to indicate you will be attending or for additional information.

Members Only:  WINTER SEA DUCKS AND ALCIDS – Montauk Field Trip Held Jointly with South Fork Natural History Society (SOFO), Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:30 a.m.                               

John Turner will lead a trip to Montauk Point. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Montauk Point State Park Pavilion, upper parking lot. We’ll bird the tip and then head west stopping to walk the seal haul-out trail. On the way back, we may make additional stops to look for reported highlights.  We’ll  be looking for winter birds: sea ducks, alcids, seals, etc.  

Afterwards, join Patricia Paladines and Carl Safina at their Lazy Point home for hot drinks and other yummies.                              Please reserve:

SUFFOLK COUNTY FARM AND EDUCATION CENTER, Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 a.m., 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. Inclement weather cancels the walk.  Please email  Patrice Domeischel, to indicate you will be attending the walk or for additional information.  

THE SECOND ANNUAL PAUMANOK EXHIBITION: A Photographic Exhibit of Long Island’s Wilderness Within the Four Harbors Audubon Society’s Community                                                                                               Saturday, February 15-20, 2020

Additional information regarding this exhibit will be posted on the FHAS Facebook page and on the FHAS website,, as it becomes available.


SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARKThe Less Traveled Areas of Sunken Meadow                             Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30  – 11 am.                                                                                                                                                                       Meet at the Park Office, One Sunken Meadow Parkway. Main parking lot – Field #1.  We will take the hidden winding trail up Sunken Meadow Creek.  Target birds may include winter ducks: Gadwall, Mallard, Black, Ring-Necked, Hooded and Red-Breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, plus Common Loon, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Fish Crow, Common Raven, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, assorted woodpeckers, Nuthatches, Winter Wren, Brown Creeper, 3-4 species of gull and all the common winter birds.

Joy Cirigliano, (631)766-3075



Survival By Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink                                                                                          Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.,  The Bates House, One Bates Road, Setauket, NY  11733 

Speaker: Dr. Brooke Bateman, Senior Scientist, Climate, National Audubon Society

In October, the National Audubon Society released a report, Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink, addressing how climate change will affect birds and the places they live. Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today – an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’ range will shift with climate change. Additionally, Audubon assessed how nine climate change-related threats could further put species and places at risk. The findings are dire: two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk from climate change range shifts. Further, no species will escape from climate change, with birds also facing multiple coincident threats. In New York, 116 species are vulnerable to climate change, including charismatic species like the Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, American Woodcock, Saltmarsh Sparrow, and Piping Plover. New York will experience greater extreme heat events, increased coastal and inland flooding from sea level rise and heavy rainfall, and disrupted ecosystems. The good news is that our science also shows that if we take action now, we can help improve the changes for the majority of species at risk. Learn about the science behind the findings and the impact on birds here on Long Island from Dr. Brooke Bateman, the lead scientist for the report and Stony Brook native.

Dr. Brooke Bateman is a Senior Scientist, Climate, at the National Audubon Society. Brooke leads the climate science team at Audubon, collaborating with scientists, volunteers, and Audubon’s Climate Initiative team to develop research focused on climate and the conservation of birds and the places they need today and in the future. In this role she led a team of scientists in developing the 2019 Birds and Climate change Report. Brooke is also the Director of Climate Watch, where she works with community volunteers to understand how climate change currently affects birds in North America. Her research focus is on spatial ecology and conservation, emphasizing the effect that extreme weather events and climate change have on biodiversity. Brooke works closely with on-the-ground practitioners and stakeholders to link climate research to on-the-ground conservation and management actions. Brooke is also a Director and Board Member of Four Harbors Audubon Society.

Before joining the National Audubon science team in 2016, Brooke conducted postdoctoral research on the influence of climate and weather on birds and marsupials with James Cook University, The University of Tasmania, and CSIRO in Australia. She also served as postdoctoral associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, later as an assistant scientist, on a NASA project researching how extreme weather events affect birds. Brooke received her PhD in Zoology and Tropical Ecology at James Cook University in Australia in 2010, a Graduate Diploma of Research Methods from James Cook University in 2006, and a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from Boston College in 2003. Brooke enjoys hiking, drawing, yoga, and birding with her daughter. Her favorite bird is the Common Loon.

Light refreshments will be served.  Free and open for all.

Reservations required.  Email: 




Winter Gull Identification Workshop and Field Trip With Mike Cooper

Workshop: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6:30 pm
Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 120 Main Street, Setauket, NY  11733
Field Trip: Sunday, February 2, 2020, Shinnecock Inlet, time TBD

Mike will discuss important feather groups and the common species of gulls here on Long Island and how their plumage changes with age. Mike will also spend some time discussing scanning strategies, such as how to go through a flock and what you can look for on the first pass through. Five gull species will be targeted: Herring, Ring-billed, Great Black-back, Laughing, and Bonaparte’s Gull. Also covered will be Lesser Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, Black-headed, and Little Gulls.
Topics will include:

Common gull species found on Long Island
Other species to look for in the winter
Important feather groups
Plumage change according to age

Strategies to use when scanning a flock

The lecture will be followed on Sunday, February 2, with a field trip to Shinnecock Inlet to test our newly acquired skills. Meet at far east end of Dune Road in parking lot.

Members onlyAdvance registration is necessary and space is limited. Email: to register.