In 2009, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon was one of two founding members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, which was formed to save Plum Island, situated off the North Fork of Long Island, from being sold to the highest bidder. This beautiful island, an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, is a critical stopover site and breeding ground used by approximately 220 species, including endangered and threatened bird species. This virtual tour of Plum Island uses new imagery by photographer Robert Lorentz to illustrate the uniqueness and beauty of this important wildlife habitat. While efforts to protect Plum Island has been gaining momentum, the fight is far from over!
Falconry is the sport of hunting with the use of a trained bird of prey. This ancient sport dates back nearly 4,000 years ago. Greatly popular in Europe during medieval times, falconry was a favorite past time and a status symbol of the upper classes, and the practice maintained its popularity until somewhere around the French Revolution. Some famous falconers in history include Empress Catherine of Russian, Mary, Queen of Scots (proving that falconry was just as much a ladies sport as a man’s!), King Henry VIII, Pope Leo X and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.
It's finally here! Our annual Birdseed Fundraiser! Stock up on your birdseed for the winter...as the weather gets colder, our avian friends will need all the help they can get.
Download an order form for more information. Orders are due by October 17, 2016. Proceeds will benefit Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society’s conservation, environmental education, and youth initiatives. Thank you for your support and we wish you a safe and warm winter, with many enjoyable hours of bird watching at your feeders!