Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon April Events and Activities

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Shu Swamp: An Ecological Gem of the North Shore

Swamp Preserve, officially the Charles T. Church Nature Sanctuary in Mill Neck, has long been popular with hikers, birders, nature lovers, and more recently for geocaching and Pokémon games. But this 60-acre jewel of the North Shore Wildlife Sanctuary system of preserves is only one component of the larger Beaver Brook Watershed. Acquisitions by Nassau County and the North Shore Land Alliance have added critical parcels that create a natural corridor to protect this valuable ecosystem. This 150-acre watershed is home to numerous wetland and upland species, including native brook trout, muskrat, river otter, and outstanding populations of birds and plants. This program will explore the area’s beauty and biodiversity, especially highlighting the wildflowers and other flora of this special place. About the speaker: Lois Lindberg has been involved in nature, ecology, and outdoor education and interpretation for many years. She has a degree in Biology from Hofstra University, and is a past Curator of Natural Science for Nassau County Dep’t. of Parks, Recreation & Museums, having worked at Muttontown, Welwyn, Sands Point, Garvies Point, and Tackapausha Preserves. She is currently the Membership Chair for the Long Island Botanical Society, and volunteers at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay as a naturalist/field trip leader. Snacks start at 6:45pm, announcements and speaker at 7:20. Location: Cold Spring Harbor Library. Snacks start at 6:45, program begins at 7:20 and speaker begins at 7:30 sharp.

Earth Day Volunteer Event at Underhill Preserve

April 22 at 8am

Habitat Heroes 2016

Like using loppers and saws and machetes? Are you rugged and willing to work hard but have some fun? Are you a Habitat Hero and a Wildlife Warrior? Then this opportunity is for you! Underhill Preserve in Jericho is closed to the public, but gearing up for the return of our invasive slayer goats and we need to start prepping for it! We will be hacking down multiflora rose and autumn olive. Please wear a cap if you have one, be sure to wear sunscreen (we'll be out in the sun) and bring insect repellent if you have it (if not, we will have some to share). If you have your own loppers, machete or saws please bring them, otherwise we have some to share. Directions: Due to the sensitive location, we will meet and then carpool to the area where we will park. Please meet in front of the Starbucks in the Whole Foods shopping center in Jericho on Route 107. Registration is an absolute must: 516-695-0763 or

SoundOff! Event

April 23 - 12-4pm

Whaling Museum and Education Center

A baby piping plover. Because there aren't too many things cuter than a baby piping plover. Maybe a kitten. But that's debatable.

Join us for a hands-on afternoon for the whole family to learn the importance of Long Island Sound! Visit LI Sound “rescue stations” and try to clean up a mock oil spill or filter impurities out of water. Please be sure to stop by the HOBAS table and sign the pledge to be a “Good Egg” to protect beach nesting birds!

Location: The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor

Exclusive Members Only Trip

Shu Swamp Exploration - April 29 at 8am

This trip will be led by an outstanding naturalist and while we will focus on the plant life of the preserve (spring ephemeral wildflowers should be in bloom!) we will be keeping an eye out for birds. Registration a MUST, This Trip is Open to HOBAS Members Only & Group Size Limited to 15: 516-695-0763 or Directions: From Route 25A in East Norwich, take Route 106 north to Oyster Bay. Make left on to Lexington Ave then left on to West Main Street. At the Mill Pond (on the left), bear to the right as if to go to Bayville. At first traffic light (water will be on your right) make a left onto Cleft Road. Take Cleft Road to Frost Mill Road, make a left. (If you wind up on the causeway going over Beaver Dam, you have gone too far.) Shu Swamp will be on your right after you go under the train trestle. Do NOT use your GPS. You will end up in the wrong place

Birding at the Greenwood Cemetery

April 30 at 9am

Beautiful scenery, famous monuments, and some of the best bird watching in the city. The must-see birds are the Monk Parakeets.

Registration: 631-885-1881 or

Directions: LIE westbound to 48th St exit to the Brooklyn Queens Expressway south to the Hamilton Avenue exit. Continue on Hamilton Avenue until it becomes Third Ave. Continue on about 8 blocks to 25th St. Turn left at 25th St. and go two blocks. Cemetery entrance is straight ahead at Fifth Ave and 25th St.

Butterfly weed. Monarchs will love you if you plant it.

Native Plant Sale

June 3 at Wild Birds Unlimited in Syosset

Order deadline is May 1

Did you know that it takes up to 9000 caterpillars per season to feed just one clutch of chickadees? Yup, that is what I said...9,000 for ONE little family. Now...think about how many other birds are in your yard...bigger ones...that's alot of caterpillars! How do you attract caterpillars to your yard? How do you help pollinators such as monarch butterflies? Go native. HOBAS is having our first ever native plant sale fundraiser. Check it out on our website and place your order by May 1. We can also get you trees such as oaks (the absolute best for caterpillars) and others. Just ask!

I need alot of caterpillars. Please plant natives and help me grow up strong and healthy.

Receiving Our Emails or Liking Us On Facebook But Not Yet a Member?

We rely on membership dues and the generosity of donors for all of our programs, projects and initiatives. When you become a HOBAS Chapter Supporting Member, you are supporting just some of the following:

  • Our monthly public programs-while our programs are free and open to the public, most speakers ask for a fee
  • Free educational programs for children and adults, presented by HOBAS board members
Owl program and craft time. Because who doesn't love owls?
  • Grass and shrubland habitat restoration projects at Underhill Preserve (goats, goats, goats!) and Stillwell Woods Preserve. Once the goats are finished in their pilot site, we would like to move them to other sections of Underhill, but it is extremely costly to rent them
This is Frolic. He wants to keep working for us. Please help keep Frolic employed.
  • Conservation Through Art workshops and Be a Good Egg signage for area nesting grounds
Girl Scout Troop 3570 of Syosset. They love beach nesting birds. Especially baby piping plovers (see above and you will know why).
  • Native demonstration gardens (and we want to do many more)
This monarch caterpillar is enjoying a feast. Yummy butterfly weed!
  • Our chapter newsletter
  • A "Kids and Birds" curriculum in seven schools. "Our" birds spend most of their time in the tropics. How wonderful is it that there is a program which teaches, guides and positions local children to protect, love and fight for the well being of these birds?
Some of our wonderful Guatemala Partnership girls! Please note the tote bag.
  • And finally, when you become a member, you are allowing us to count YOUR voice as we advocate on behalf of wildlife and habitat. Writing letters to law and decision makers becomes more impactful when we are speaking on behalf of a large group of their constituents, customers or clients.

If you are already a National member, consider dual memberships, as your Chapter Supporting Membership benefits HOBAS and our programs. At $20, it is still a bargain!

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