Field Trips and Activities

"It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it." - Edward Abbey

As required by our insurance company, all field trip/outdoor activity participants must sign a waiver of liability. Participating in a field trip or outdoor activity carries with it certain risks and this agreement is necessary for the benefit of HOBAS and participants. A copy of the waiver can be found here. We appreciate your understanding.


Sunday, June 25, 2023 - 9:00 AM

Caumsett State Park - Huntington, NY

Caumsett is a breeding bird hotspot. It is also home to the only remaining population of Baltimore checkerspot butterflies on Long Island, plus a host of other butterfly species.

Directions: From Main St (Rte. 25A) in the Village of Huntington, turn onto West Neck Rd. and follow north until you reach the Park, which is on the left.

Register: Call 585-880-0915 to register in advance.


Sunday, July 30, 2023 - 9:00 AM

Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve

This former cranberry farm in Riverhead is now home to a variety of rare plant and insect species that can be found on Long Island only in the Pine Barrens.

Directions: Take the LIE east to Exit 71 (Manorville) and turn south onto NY 24S. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Lake Ave. Look for a sign that marks the entrance to the preserve.

Registration: Call 585-880-0915 to register in advance.


Sunday, August 20, 2023 - 8:00 AM

Makamah Preserve, Northport, NY

Forest! Wetland! Saltmarsh! Makamah has it all. Let’s find some early fall migrants together in this gem of a preserve.

Directions: The preserve is located on the north side of Rte. 25A in Fort Salonga.

Registration: Call 585-880-0915 to register in advance.


  • Field trips organized by Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon are free, unless otherwise specified, and open to the public. However, some special activities may be open only to Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon members.
  • Newcomers are most welcome. Binoculars and field guides are strongly advised, but leaders usually have some field guides to share.
  • Directions to the site are published in our newsletter, website and Facebook page. We urge you to save the directions.
  • Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given.
  • Carpooling is possible, gas and tolls are shared. Contact the trip leader to see if anyone has expressed interest. The trip leader is not responsible for arranging carpools, just giving you names of others who are interested in carpooling.
  • Registration is necessary. Call the trip leader by 9:00 PM on Thursday for a Saturday trip and by 9:00 PM Friday for a Sunday trip. Be sure to leave your phone number. You may participate if you didn’t register, but we will not be able to notify you of any changes or cancellations without your phone number.
  • Dress for the weather realizing you’ll be outdoors for long periods of time. Bring water, proper footwear, snacks and if the trip is for a full day, bring a bag lunch. Bring money to cover your share of any carpooling expenses as well as any required entry fees at our destinations.
  • Rain or temperature below 20° F cancels (sometimes!). Be sure to check our Facebook page the night before or morning of to check if inclement weather has caused us to cancel the trip.
  • For the health, safety and comfort of all field trip participants, please refrain from smoking or wearing perfumes or colognes on HOBAS field trips