Still stuffed from the stuffing? Are you waddling about after enjoying too much pumpkin pie? Burn off some calories by joining us as we clear the trails at Underhill Preserve in Jericho in time for the Christmas Bird Count in December (this is our most productive count area and the trails have grown in terribly). Snacks (no Thanksgiving leftovers…we promise!) will be provided for the volunteers. This is a great chance to explore this preserve which is closed to the public! Work off your holiday feast while doing some good for the environment!
With Wild tigers are down to a historic low of 3,200 compared to 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. These 3,200 are now found in scattered fragments across tropical Asia and Russia. Of these fragments, only 42 of them are large enough to hold viable populations of tigers (defined as enough land to hold at least 25 breeding female tigers). Called Source Sites, these 42 fragments hold 60% of the remaining tigers. These Source Sites are the last realistic hope for wild tigers. But although it may sound bleak, the reality for tigers in most of these Source Sites is considerably more optimistic provided high-quality protection is given to them.
Join us tonight as Dr. Clyne discusses the specifics of these tiger conservation efforts in these 25 Source Sites.
Join us in helping to restore one of the finest preserves on Long Island. Come to the swamp for this fun and worthwhile effort. Snacks will be provided to the volunteers. Bring garden gloves if you have them; wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.
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.
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.