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

 

SUMMER 2018 BIRD WALKS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHTS WITH FOUR HARBORS AUDUBON

  • Friday, June 1, 2018 – Nova: Why Sharks Attack
  • Friday, July 6, 2018 – Dirt: The Movie
  • Friday, August 3, 2018 – Food, Inc.
  • Friday, September 7, 2018 – What Plants Talk About

 All movies will be shown at 7 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, or call the Smithtown Library (631) 360-2480, ext. 232, or visit the Smithtown Library website to reserve seating.

 

SECOND SATURDAY WALKS

Saturday, June 9, 2018:

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018:

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

Saturday, August 11, 2018:

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

 

August – October 2018 – Common Nighthawk Migration                                           Join us at the Stone Bridge at Frank Melville Park to witness the exciting annual migration of one of our most beloved goatsuckers – the Common Nighthawk. Migration might be any or all days during the last week in August through early October.  Stop by at any time from 5:30 p.m. to dusk as we conduct our annual nighthawk census, and enjoy the show! 


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.

  • June 13, 2018, 7:30 a.m.
  • July 11, 2018 – 7:30 a.m.
  • August 8, 2018 – 7:30 a.m.

 WALK THE CENTRAL PINE BARRENS IN SHOREHAM, June 16, 2018, 9 a.m.

We’ll explore and bird a part of the 870-acre Shoreham property that was recently designated as the newest part of the Core Preservation Area of the Central Pine Barrens. Expect to see some beautiful forests, panoramic overlooks of Wading River Marsh, some large glacial erratics and hopefully resident birds!   

Parking is limited so it’s best to carpool. We’ll meet at the now closed entrance road to the Shoreham Power Plant off North Country Road just west of where the powerline crosses North Country Road and hike in from there.           LEADER:  John Turner

Please reserve:  email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com

 

FOUR HARBORS SUMMER LECTURE

Long Island’s Goatsuckers: 
     Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, Common Nighthawk
 

Presented by John Turner

The three “goatsucker” species found on Long Island – the Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, and Common Nighthawk – comprise one of the more interesting groups of native birds. This program will explore basic aspects of their biology and ecology, and detail efforts to better understand their overall population numbers here, including the “Frank Melville Stone Bridge Nighthawk Watch”. You’ll also learn the folklore behind why they’re called goatsuckers.  

John Turner is a Long Island naturalist, conservationist, writer, and a founding member of the Long Island Nature Organization and Long Island Pine Barrens Society. He currently serves as a Conservation Policy Advocate for the Seatuck Environmental Association and Conservation Chair of the Four Harbors Audubon Society.   

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

Light refreshments will be served. 

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

 

Be a Good Egg Outreach Program: (Volunteers Needed)                                                                              Join Four Harbors at our tent at local beaches as we work to increase the awareness of, and reduce threats to, beach-nesting birds by encouraging beach-goers to pledge to “share the shore” with Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Tern, and other beach-nesting bird species. Please call Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075 or email fourharborsheron@gmail.com for more information and to sign up to volunteer for this exciting outreach program. We welcome volunteers to participate in either half or full-day shifts. This year, Four Harbors Audubon will be hosting the following outreach days from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018 – West Meadow Beach

  • Sunday, June 24, 2018 – Sunken Meadow State Park
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Sunken Meadow State Park

 

Saturday, July 28, 2018, Summer Birding by Kayak or Canoe

Join Four Harbors Audubon on Saturday, July 28th as we search for summer residents and breeding waders, shorebirds, and others. Note: This IS a Tidal River, so we must go with the tides. We will start at low tide in the mudflats at the river’s mouth (north) and look for least, common, and Forster’s terns, gulls, plovers, and more elusive species like marsh wrens, clapper rails and saltmarsh sharp-tailed sparrows.  As the tide rises, we will head south to the headwaters, searching for swallows, egrets, other waders and songbirds, hunt for the bald eagle nest, and visit the purple martin colony. We will finish “upriver” (south) by the Smithtown Bull at Paul T. Given County Park. For those who would prefer to spend a whole day on the river, the tides are correct for a round trip. First low tide is 6:23 a.m., high tide is 12:27 at river’s mouth and ½ hour later “up-river” by Paul T. Given Park.  Second low tide is at 6:33 p.m., giving ample time to get back “down-river” to the river’s mouth before low tide makes passage difficult.

  • Those with their own kayaks can meet us at 7:30 a.m. at the Bluff in Kings Park, and we will launch from the town boat ramps.
  • Those who need to rent kayaks can meet the Nissequogue River Kayak rental people at Paul T. Given County Park at 8:30 a.m. and be driven to the Nissequogue river mouth low-tide launch site so they will end back at their cars at Paul T. Given Park after a one-way trip, OR
  • Go directly to the Nissequogue River State Park Boat Basin at 9 a.m. where we will gather the entire group by 9:15 a.m. and head “upriver” from there.

Here is the website for Nissequogue River kayak and canoe rentals:  http://www.canoerentals.com/index.htm

If renting, make sure to mention to the Kayak Rental Company if you plan a round trip or a one-way. Portage is available for renters to get back to cars, but you must be specific as to where you want to leave your car.  For those with their own kayaks, if a one-way trip is planned, please contact Joy Cirigliano if portage is needed and a carpool will be worked out prior to launch.

It is recommended that you bring: binoculars, camera or waterproof camera, field guide, and waterproof bag for stowage of same, plus lots of water, lunch, snacks, ziplock bags or drybags, sunscreen, bathing suits, water shoes, a light cover-up for sun, and insect repellant (just in case there’s no breeze).

Rain Date: Sunday, July 29th.  Same locations.  Launch from Bluff at 8 am, Launch from Nissequogue River State Park at 9:30 am. First Low tide: 6:58 am.  High Tide: 1:02 pm. Second low tide: 7:10 pm.

Reservations required:  call Joy Cirigliano at 631-766-3075 or email: fourharborsheron@gmail.com

 

Off the Beaten Path Bird Walks

  • Saturday, June 30, 2018: Sunken Meadow State Park – The Less Traveled Areas of Sunken Meadow, 8 a.m. Meet at the Park Office, One Sunken Meadow Parkway.  Main parking lot – Field #1.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: 8 a.m. Blydenburgh Park, south entrance, Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge

Join us as we bird through Blydenburgh’s beautiful woodland trails and streams, and marsh areas. Expect to see resident species such as woodpeckers, songbirds, and raptors. Enter park at the Veterans Memorial Highway (south) entrance and continue to rowboat launch parking lot at 8 a.m. 

  • Saturday, August 25, 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 along the low glacial ridge and saltmarsh by the Nissequogue River and along the edge of the Smithtown Landing Country Club.

 

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.