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 and Events

 

WINTER 2018-2019 BIRD WALKS AND EVENTS   fourharborsaudubon.com

 

 

FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHTS WITH FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON

  • Friday, December 7, 2018 – Vanishing of the Bees
  • Friday, January 4, 2019 – Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 – Burning the Future: Coal in America

 

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, email fourharborsheron@gmail.com, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480, ext. 232, or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.

 

SECOND SATURDAY WALKS

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019:

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

Saturday, February 9, 2019:

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

 

WEDNESDAY WALKS AT WEST MEADOW

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.

  • December 12, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
  • January 9, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
  • February 13, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.

 

2018 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, December 27, 2018, 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The nation’s longest-running citizen science bird project.” See page 2 for details.

FAMILY BEACH WALK AT WEST MEADOW, Saturday, December 29, 2018, 11 a.m.                                      Join Patricia Paladines for a family beach walk and learn about the abundant and varied sea life found on the West Meadow shore. Meet at the pavilion.  Email fourharborsheron@gmail.com to reserve.

WINTER WATERFOWL COUNTS:

  • Saturday, January 19 – 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: January 20
  • Sunday, January 26 – 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 27

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

 

FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON SOCIETY WINTER LECTURE

BIRD MORTALITY FROM COLLISIONS WITH GLASS: WHAT WE’VE LEARNED, WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW, WHAT YOU CAN DO

 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m.,   Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Setauket

Speaker: Christine Sheppard, Ph.D., Director, Glass Collisions Program, American Bird Conservancy

Description: As many as a billion birds die each year in the U.S., nearly half of them after colliding with home windows. But new methods are being developed to curb bird injuries and death, not only for existing windows but with special materials and design to create new, bird-friendly buildings. Dr. Christine Sheppard will discuss the tools we have, to solve the problem and the big job ahead getting those solutions implemented. However, this is one conservation issue where individuals can take immediate action and see immediate results.

 

Christine Sheppard earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. Working with Dr. Tom Cade, who used captive breeding to restore the Peregrine Falcon to the eastern US, developed her interest in captive propagation as a tool to save endangered species. This led her to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, where she started as curatorial intern, in 1978, and ended as Curator and Chair of the Ornithology Department. Zoos deal not only with issues of their buildings causing mortality of wild birds.  Glass exhibit walls, windows and handrails bring bird collision problems inside and curators have a vested interest in finding ways to make glass safe for birds.  Interest in the issue led Dr. Sheppard to join the board of the Bird-safe Glass Foundation as science advisor, in 2007; she became President in 2017. She is also conducting basic research into quantifying the effectiveness of different materials and patterns in preventing bird collisions. In 2009, she moved to the American Bird Conservancy as Collisions Program Director. She authored both editions of ABC’s publication, Bird-friendly Building Design. She has also created AIA/LEED continuing education classes on Bird-friendly Design.  She helped create San Francisco’s Standards for Bird-safe Buildings and has subsequently been involved in creating code and legislation in many different jurisdictions. She led the team that developed USGBC LEED Pilot Credit 55: Reducing Bird Mortality. She was named an Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmaker for 2014 because of her work on glass testing and has worked with most major glass manufacturers on design and evaluation of bird-friendly materials.

 

Light refreshments will be served.

Free and open to all, Reservations required.  Email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com 

 

A VALENTINE FOR WHITMAN’S PAUMONAK: A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT OF LONG ISLAND’S WILDERNESS WITHIN THE FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON SOCIETY’S COMMUNITY                        Saturday, February 9, 2019

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

 

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – February 15-18, 2019

 

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK – The Less Traveled Areas of Sunken Meadow                  Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                       Meet at the Park Office, One Sunken Meadow Parkway. Main parking lot – Field #1.                                       Email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com to reserve.

WINTER SEA DUCKS AND ALCIDS – Montauk Field Trip                                                                 Sunday,  February 24, 2019                                                                                                             John Turner will lead a trip to Montauk Point. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Montauk Point State Park Pavilion, upper parking lot. Be prepared to pay $8 parking fee if need be. We’ll bird the tip and then head west stopping to walk the seal haul-out trail. On the way back, we can make additional stops to look for reported highlights. Please reserve: 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.