Second Annual Diane Spitz Memorial Bird Walk and Cleanup

Thursday, April 26, 2018,

This past Sunday, April 22, 2018, we held the 2nd Annual Diane Spitz Memorial Bird Walk and Cleanup at Lily Pond County Park. Diane Spitz was the unofficial caretaker of Lily Pond Park for more than 30 years until her death in 2016. We celebrate Diane Spitz Day to honor her commitment and dedication.

The clean-up crew.

From the summer 2016 newsletter:

Diane Spitz was a longtime Audubon member, and Conservation Chair of the Four Harbors Audubon Society. She passed away in early April 2016 after being diagnosed with brain cancer only nine months earlier.

For over 30 years, Diane was the chief caretaker of Lily Pond County Park in Ronkonkoma , clearing trails, reporting vandalism, picking up garbage, and recording animal (mainly bird) sightings. For her dedicated work, Diane received the Audubon Presidential Award shortly before she passed, thus recognizing the important role she played in stewardship and caring for this serene and beautiful place.  She collected 30 years of census data concerning Lily Pond Park and Preserve; invaluable historical information, especially in this time of reduced bird populations and disappearing habitat.

“We were going to remove the tire, but we didn’t want to disturb the native Painted Turtle!”