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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.

Rally to Ban Fracking at Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

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.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge's West Pond

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HOBAS field trip - 2010

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.

Photo Instruction From an Expert Photographer!

Many of you have commented on the beautiful photographs that we feature on our website. Here's your chance to learn how to shoot professional looking photos from our favorite photographer, Lloyd Spitalnik.  More information...

East End Lodging - Rental Studio in the Hamptons

Many of you have commented on the beautiful photographs that we feature on our website. Here's your chance to learn how to shoot professional looking photos from our favorite photographer, Lloyd Spitalnik.  More information...