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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Sun, May 21 Special Event Help Dig A Rain Garden
Tue, May 23 Tuesdays with Tom Spring Migration Birdwalk
Sat-Sun, May 27-28 Special Event Native Plant Sale
Tue, May 30 Tuesdays with Tom Spring Migration Birdwalk
Fri, Jun 9 Monthly Program A Virtual North Fork Beach Walk
Tue, Jun 20 Tuesdays with Tom Birdwalk for Breeding Birds

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Help Build A Rain Garden
The Red House Nature Center
Sunday, May 21, Noon-3PM

We’re designing a rain garden in front of the Red House (64795 County Rd 48, Greenport, NY) to be planted next month with native, bird-friendly species. First, we have to sculpt the soil into a shallow bowl to capture water from the roof. Please come help us dig out the area for this garden this Sunday, May 21, from noon to 3 pm. Learn all about how rain gardens reduce storm water and support birds and pollinators. They’re an ideal replacement for unsustainable lawns. Go home with fact sheets on how you can create a rain garden at your house.

Plan to bring a shovel or spade, gardening gloves, a trowel, and wear work shoes/boots. Bring a water bottle and wear sun screen. If you have friends or relatives who’d like to help, bring them along with shovels. The more hands, the merrier, and the more quickly we can accomplish this task.

If we don’t finish digging out the garden this Sunday, we’ll reconvene there on Sunday, June 4. Any questions or concerns, email Robin Simmen at rlsimmen@gmail.com.

Second Annual Native Plant Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, 9AM – 2PM

Incorporating native plants is a great way to help birds get a leg up as they search for food and shelter. Join us on May 27 and 28, 9AM – 2PM, at the Red House for our 2nd Annual Native Plant Sale. We’ll have lots of useful information as well as plants ready for your garden — grown by Glover Perennials. Audubon.org/native-plants is also a wonderful source for all kinds of useful information about finding native plants for your location, and bringing birds to your home. For info: call 516-526-9095 or info@northforkaudubon.org

Climate Change Is Threatening Our Birds

Audubon’s Bird and Climate Change Report, published in September 2014, confirmed that climate change is the single greatest threat to North American birds. Seven years in the making, the report warns that 314 North American bird species could lose more than half of their current ranges by 2080 due to rising temperatures.

On March 12, 2017, Lynsy Smithson-Stanley gave a presentation on the Audubon Climate Initiative. In her presentation, she explained how Audubon scientists analyzed data related to how climate-driven changes in the environment are affecting birds and their ability to survive.  She also gave us strategies for how we, as citizens, can help protect our birds.   Read her presentation here.

Some links to important information sources:

A home page with tips and tricks for how to plant gardens and create bird-friendly habitats.  http://www.audubon.org/plantsforbirds 

Want to know what plants are native to your area, and what kinds of birds they will attract? http://www.audubon.org/native-plants

Read an article on SoutholdLocal.com about
Climate change is threatening birds – and why you should care.