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




Saturday, March 10, 2018:

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

Saturday, April 14, 2018:

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018:

  Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Four Harbors.  Join us on one or both of our May 12th walks. 

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

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 p.m. This walk has been cancelled.
  • Saturday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.



Enjoy a weekday bird walk at West Meadow Wetlands Reserve. Meet at the kiosk located at the entrance to Trustees Road.

  • March 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m.
  • April 11, 2018 – 8 a.m.
  • May 9, 2018 – 7:30 a.m.


ANNUAL DIANE SPITZ MEMORIAL BIRD WALK AND CLEAN UP                                                         Join us this 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.

  • Sunday, April 22, 2018, 8 a.m.—Lily Pond Preserve. Meet at Steuben Blvd. entrance. Please bring gloves and bags; we will be picking up trash as we bird.


  • Saturday, April 7, 2018: 8 a.m. Nissequogue River State Park, via Harrison Pond Park

Learn the less well-known bird walks at Nissequogue River State Park.

Meet at Harrison Pond Park, Kings Park.  From Route 25A, turn north on Landing Ave, and continue to end of road. Turn left onto Landing Road, then right at the first traffic light—St Johnland Road. Pond is on the left side of the road, half mile from Landing Road.


  • Sunday, April 8, 2018: 8 a.m. Arthur Kunz County Park

Landing Avenue and Landing Road, San Remo.  Park on road.  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.


  • Saturday April 21, 2018, 8 a.m: Sunken Meadow State Park—The Less Traveled Areas of Sunken Meadow. Meet at the park office. One Sunken Meadow Pkwy. Main parking lot—Field #1


  • Friday, March 2, 2018, Nature: What Plants Talk About
  • Friday, April 6 and 13, 2018, PBS American Experience Earth Days
  • Friday, May 4, 2018, The Vanishing of the Bees


All movies will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Smithtown Library, Main Branch, One North Country Road, Smithtown.  Free and open to all.  Reservations required.  Call Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075, email, call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480,


Petrels, Prions, and Penguins: The Seabird Community of the Southern Ocean

Presented by Michael Schrimpf, Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University


Much of what we know about seabirds comes from research on breeding colonies, but there are many unanswered questions about their behavior, distribution, and habitat preferences at sea. Michael will talk about the colony-based research he does with Dr. Heather Lynch at Stony Brook, but will focus on a new project he and an undergraduate are attempting using data collected on the ocean crossing between South America and Antarctica. It turns out that there are some interesting patterns in seabird distributions which have not yet been explained.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                Emma Clark Library, Setauket

Light refreshments will be served. 

Free and open to all. Reservations required.  Email: 


Saturday, May 5, 2018, 1 p.m. – My Yard is “For the Birds!”                                                              Presentation and Native Plant Sale – How to use Native Plants in the Home Landscape to help boost our declining bird and other wildlife populations.  Joy Cirigliano will present a one hour talk on why native plants are necessary in our yards to help support our dwindling natural resources and open spaces, and which plants are both ecological workhorses and attractive in the landscape. Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, 134 Cove Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Phone: (516) 922-3200


Birding Trip to Central Park, Sunday – May 6, 2018

Join Four Harbors Audubon for a birding trip to Central Park to view late Spring migrants as they rest up before      continuing to their northern breeding grounds. Central Park has hosted up to 30 warbler species, some of which include: American redstart, Tennessee, hooded, Cape May, blackpoll, northern parula, Canada, Wilson’s, Blackburnian, and many more. Expect to see other migrants: vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, swallows, orioles, all in full breeding plumage, as well as year-round residents and returning resident breeders. We will be taking an early train in to the city. Bring breakfast/lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent. See our website or Facebook page for additional information as it becomes available.   RSVP:


Birding Trip to Delaware Bay – Friday, May 18 – Saturday, May 19, 2018

John Turner:  Leader

Join us on Endangered Species Day as we begin our two-day trip to Delaware Bay, to witness the annual horseshoe crab-shorebird phenomenon. Meet at the Exit 49 Park & Ride of the Long Island Expressway at 6:30 a.m. on May 18th.  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 before ending the day at 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.  You will want to look for lodging in Cape May that night as the next morning we’ll meet for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant, 261 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204, (609) 884-7199. After breakfast, we’ll shift gears to look for songbirds by birding a few locations within Belleplain State Forest about an hour north of Cape May.  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) before heading home Long Island. Join us for all or part of the trip.  A good time should be had by all! 

Lodging arrangements, and the cost of lodging and meals are the responsibility of each person.  Please note: hotels will fill fast, so make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.  Please reserve by emailing or by calling John Turner at 516-695-1490.


Sunday, May 27, 2018, Spring Birding by Kayak or Canoe

Join us on a kayaking or canoeing trip down the Nissequogue River, on Sunday, May 27.  Meet at Paul T. Given County Park (across from the Smithtown Bull on West Main Street/Route 25, Smithtown at 9 a.m. High Tide at River’s mouth is 10:36 am. Low tide is at 4:40 p.m. We’ll be looking for spring warblers, shorebirds, terns, cormorants, swallows, martins, and raptors. We will launch by 9:30 a.m. 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 to reserve or for more information: Joy Cirigliano (631)766-3075, or fourharborsheron@gmail.comRain Date:  Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 8 a.m. at Paul T. Given Park – High tide – 8:46 AM, Low Tide 2:45 PM



Join Four Harbors Audubon President, Horticulturalist, and Ecosystems Specialist, Joy Cirigliano for a lecture and workshop on environmental stewardship and how to use native plants in the home landscape to help boost our declining bird and other wildlife populations.  She will present a half-hour PowerPoint presentation on why native plants are necessary in our yards to help support our dwindling natural resources and open spaces, followed by an hour-long workshop on how to plant, propagate and maintain an attractive wildlife habitat garden.  Please bring gloves, trowels, shovels, and empty flowerpots for the workshop, as we will be dividing the native plants and cultivars grown in the libraries’ gardens. Free take-home gifts of native plants and cuttings for those who participate in the workshop! To register, please contact Joy Cirigliano (631)766-3075, email, or contact the Smithtown Library Smithtown Main Building (631) 360-2480.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. – Nesconset Library, 148 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. – Kings Park Library, 1 Church St, Kings Park
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. – Smithtown Library Main Branch, 1 North Country Rd, Smithtown
  • Friday, May 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. – Commack Library, 3 Indian Head Road, Commack



Join Four Harbors Audubon on a trip to the Warbler Capital of the World!  John Turner will lead a trip to Magee Marsh in Ohio.   Details will be posted as they become available.


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.