The North Fork Audubon Society

Society connects people with nature. We promote the preservation of birds and wildlife by protecting and restoring critical habitats of Long Island’s North Fork. Our hands-on environmental and natural science programs encourage individuals of all ages to participate. We aim to grow a strong community of active members and supporters who value nature.

Summary of Upcoming Events
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Sat, Feb 18 Special Program Great Backyard Bird Count Training
Tue, Feb 21 Tuesdays with Tom
Drive By Birding
Sun, Mar 12 Monthly Program Bird’s Eye View of Climate Change
Tue, Mar 21 Tuesdays with Tom Spring is Here

This Weekend
Join The 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count
February 17 – 20

The Great Backyard Bird Count and other citizen science programs are essential for providing data to scientists in order to determine changing migratory bird patterns, the effects of climate change on birds, how bird diseases are affecting bird populations and what kinds of differences in bird diversity are apparent in cities versus suburban, rural, and natural communities. We encourage you to visit http://gbbc.birdcount.org to sign up for the Great Backyard Bird Count scheduled for February 17-20, 2017. It’s easy to set up your own checklist for the count. NFAS will also be offering training on Saturday, February 18th for those of you who would like to learn “hands-on” how to participate in this globally important research project.  Join us at the Red House any time starting at 1 pm until 4 pm.   In 2016, Great Backyard Bird Count participants in more than 130 countries counted 5,689 species of birds on more than 162,000 checklists!

Read a Newsday article about the Great Backyard Bird Count and how you can participate

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Living On The Edge: From the January 15 Monthly Program

Kevin McCallister  from Defend H@O   delivered a riveting and incredibly informative talk to a packed room at the Red House on Sunday afternoon Jan 15.  His pleasant affable manner and thankfully his ultimately optimistic disposition was in stark contrast to the very troubling and dismal message he was there to convey.  A Long Island South Shore native who has evolved a childhood love of our marine and beach habitats into a professional scientific career of their study;  he has professionally witnessed, first in Florida,  and in recent years on Long Island the immense transformation and man’s futile and often  very shortsighted efforts to reverse and control these climate induced changes.   We as human beings have our heads in the sand and that sand is fast eroding from beneath our feet. In many places there are ongoing futile efforts to truck in sand so that for instance,    Miami beach goers have a place for their blankets.   Not only does a large segment of society find it psychologically more comfortable to deny and resist attempts to control the human induced changes which was actually not the focus of his talk,   but the mitigation steps are also largely inadequate and wasteful of money.  He showed and described in detail the foolish attempts to save the constantly naturally remodeling sand beaches with various structures.  Interestingly NY State has understood these realities but when the oversight is farmed out to local municipal agencies,   science and sense fall prey to influence or incompetence.   We as people who care about their local environments have to get involved,  come to Town hearings on these projects and write or speak out about them.