"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." Albert Einstein
"Wilderness…the word suggests the past and
the unknown, the womb or earth from which we
all emerged. It means something lost and
something still present, something remote
and at the same time, intimate, something
buried in our blood and nerves, something
beyond us and without limit."
The Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society is a chapter
of the National Audubon Society serving Northern
Oyster Bay and Huntington Townships. Our territory
reaches from Fort Salonga in Suffolk County to
Centre Island and Oyster Bay in Nassau County....click
here to see the complete list.
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon works to protect birds and other wildlife, and the habitats upon which they depend through education, public advocacy and conservation action.
Living with Wildlife on Long Island Program and Wild Baby Shower!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:00 PM
Tonight we will meet a variety of local wildlife, learn about their unique adaptati ons
& explore their role in our local ecosystem. Get the inside scoop on why these animals end up needing care from Volunteers for Wildlife's premiere wildlife hospital facilities.
About Volunteers for Wildlife: Volunteers for Wildlife was founded in 1982 and over thirty years later, the organization is continuing its mission to ensure wildlife will always have a place on Long Island. The hospital admits between 750 and 1,000 wild patients per year, from all over Long Island. In addition to their work in rehabilitation, Volunteers for Wildlife provides sanctuary to thirty permanently disabled birds, mammals and reptiles. These animals are a crucial part of their education programming which strives to increase public awareness about wildlife on Long Island through outreach programs with schools, camps, scout troops and senior living centers.
We Are Throwing a Wild Baby Shower for Volunteers for Wildlife!!!
Spring and summer are the most active times of year. Animals are busy, building nests and dens, foraging for food to nourish their new families and placing themselves in constant peril. Baby animals are orphaned. Rescues take place on a daily basis! Supplies are at their lowest during this critical period. HOBAS is asking that you bring an item from the following wish list to help Volunteers as they continue their backbreaking work during this busiest of seasons. Please note that VW relies primarily on donations and fundraising events.
Saturday, June 21, 2014 (rain date
June 22) 9:00am to 2:00pm
173 Pulaski Road, Huntington Station
Donations Accepted: June 14th - June 18th (See
Here is your opportunity to clean out the closets
and attics and organize the basement while
supporting the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
and the many programs we provide for our community.
We will be accepting donations of small
appliances, books, dishware, small furniture, sports
equipment, jewelry, toys or anything you
think can be used by someone else for a fundraiser
yard sale on June 21st
Donations will be accepted from Saturday,
June 14th through Wednesday, June 18th.
Please call 631-427-8623 or 516-922-4599 for
drop-off times and directions. Remember, your
trash is someone else's treasure!
And please be sure to stop by on the 21st to do some
shopping yourself! Due to a generous donation,
we will have lots of new and nearly new
children's items for sale.
Action Alert! Help Protect and Restore Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond
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!
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.
VOLUNTEER: Birders Needed for Caumsett State Park Bird Surveys
Grassland Bird Stewardship Program
The Caumsett Foundation and HOBAS have recently initiated a joint volunteer stewardship program at Caumsett State Park located in the township of Huntington, NY. The purpose of this program is to observe and formally document those bird species associated with the field habitat within the 1500-acre Preserve. Of this total the Preserve contains approximately 150 acres of field habitat. Observations made by stewards will help support appropriate management of this habitat, which potentially can increase species diversity and encourage the nesting of grassland dependent birds. The Stewardship Program will document birds seen during the entire year, providing a more complete picture of species utilizing the fields for wintering, migrating and breeding activities.
Background During the 1980 NYS Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), a total of four grassland species were present in the Caumsett block: Horned Lark, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink and Savannah Sparrow. Of these four species two were confirmed breeders; the Horned Lark (Species of Special Concern) and the Eastern Meadowlark. In comparison, only one grassland species was recorded once during the 2000-05 BBA, the Bobolink.
Statewide decreases in grassland birds have been attributed to the decline of suitable habitat as a result of farmland abandonment, succession to shrub and forest habitats, and conversion of agricultural grasslands to row crops. These changes in habitat are not easily applied to Caumsett whose grassland species decline may reflect the lack of required early successional stage fields. In response to the decline of grassland habitat and its associated species, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) has ranked the implementation of management plans for grassland restoration as a high priority as part of its 2010 Master Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Caumsett. The Master Plan specifically calls for strengthening partnerships with HOBA to help monitor breeding and migratory birds in the park.
Recent Developments In June of 2010 during a HOBAS field trip to Caumsett, two Eastern Meadowlarks were observed flying into the fields located in the vicinity of the southwest corner of the park. Coordination between HOBAS, the Caumsett Foundation and the Regional Environmental Office of NYS Parks resulted in protecting the Meadowlark area from visitor usage, which led to successful breeding season.
In early May of 2013, Meadowlarks displaying breeding behavior were again observed in this same area. The Caumsett Foundation and NYS Parks Environmental Office marked the site with symbolic fencing with informational signs. In late June the birds abandon the site for reasons unknown.
These two recent events highlight the potential of this area for attracting the Eastern Meadowlark. It is hoped with increased observations through out the park, park management will be able to protect other grassland species that may be attempting to nest. Additionally, sightings of wintering and migratory species will also support proper management.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact email@example.com
Plum Island's rich wildlife habitat is in
danger of being sold to developers!
We are proud to announce that we have established
The Bill Reeves Scholarship Fund in order to send
under-served children and youth to nature based
Long Island River Otter Research
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society ("HOBAS") has
funded two wildlife surveillance cameras that have
been placed in areas where evidence of river otters
have been found within the chapter territory.