Join us today as we participate in the oldest continuous citizen science project. The data gathered is used to determine patterns of increases or decreases in winter populations throughout the U.S. and was instrumental in the Audubon Climate Change Report. Call 516-922-9710 for more information on how you can join a team!
With winter here, our feathered friends are going to be seeking extra food to help them survive the colder weather. Join Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon as we learn how to give them a boost! We will start by reading, Animals in Winter, by Henrietta Bancroft, a story of how our wild neighbors prepare for the winter's cold; then turn crafty and use pine cones, suet, dried fruits, and birdseed to make bird feeders. We’ll hang them on a tree in the Children’s Habitat at Bailey Arboretum, and then take a winter’s ramble in the woods! When we return, we will quietly observe the birds that have arrived to enjoy their treats! For kids of all ages and easy enough for young children to enjoy.
This one-day workshop is being offered in conjunction with the Long Island Coyote Study Group and will focus on deciphering the field signs of Coyote compared to other similar species. We will examine the tracks, scats, behaviors, gaits, and other signs of canids in this region (Red Fox, Grey Fox and Domestic Dog) and learn how to differentiate them from that of Coyote. The signs of other non-canid species (Felids, Mustelids, etc.) will be discussed since many can often be confused with canids.
Believed to be the only turtle in the world that lives exclusively in brackish water, the Diamondback Terrapin is an iconic reptile. This program will explore the natural and cultural history of this fascinating turtle, the threats it faces and some of the solutions being set forth to protect it.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 11:30 to 2:30
Empire State Plaza, Albany
For more information and to register, please visit the New Yorkers Against Fracking website.
More than a year ago, Hurricane Sandy breached the freshwater West Pond in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) located in Queens, New York City. JBWR is part of the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area and is a very popular destination because of its diverse wildlife and the opportunity to see many of the 330 species of birds that have been recorded there. Now salt water flows freely from the bay into the West Pond, and has utterly destroyed its prized freshwater ecosystem. Before Sandy, the pond teemed with a diversity of birds and other wildlife at all seasons, but now it is virtually devoid of interesting wildlife. The National Park Service has not acted to restore the pond and is making decisions that could potentially result in the permanent loss of this avian oasis!
The 45-acre West Pond, situated along the Atlantic flyway, was the only significant freshwater habitat in the coastal ecosystem of New York City. It is listed as an international Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International and the National Audubon Society.
The West Pond used to be home to many breeding and migratory waterfowl and coastal birds. Several of these species are listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as Species of Greatest Conservation Need. In addition, the area around the West Pond had been critical nesting habitat for the threatened Diamondback Terrapinand a great variety of butterflies and other insect life.
The NPS and Gateway National Recreation Area are considering restoration options, and there is a real risk that they will decide not to restore the West Pond at all (see The New York Times, February 10, 2014). The time for action is now. Tell the National Park Service that you want the West Pond restored, to support freshwater habitat for birds and other wildlife. By signing this petition, you will help to restore this local, national and international treasure.