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Tom At Cedar Beach

Tom At Cedar Beach

Rick Kedenburg

Rick Kedenburg

We always have a weekday monthly birdwalk – our Tuesdays With Tom – as well as Birdwalks with Rick, other birdwalks, monthly NFAS-sponsored talks, special NFAS events, and related talks coordinated with other organizations

Saturday,  April 8th
Organic/Toxic Free Lawn and Landscape Management
Co-sponsored by the North Fork Environmental Council and the
North Fork Audubon Society
12PM to 3PM at the Southold Town Recreation Center
970 Peconic Lane, Peconic NY (map)

Come and learn how to get your lawn off toxic chemicals which can contaminate drinking water, compromise human health and harm birds and other wildlife. Maintain a healthy, flourishing landscape incorporating best practices for organic and least-toxic care. Special presentation by the Perfect Earth Project at 1:00 pm followed by “Plants for Birds”—a special presentation by Kelly Knutson of National Audubon.

The Perfect Earth Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising consciousness about the dangers of toxic lawn and garden chemicals for people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth Project educates homeowners and professionals in nature-based landscape management techniques that provide beautiful, safe results at no extra cost.

Friday,  April 21st, Monthly Program
Mike Scheibel Discusses Bald Eagles of Long Island

7 :30 PM
Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY (map)

After nearly a century of absence, Bald eagles are once again nesting on Long Island!  Learn about this amazing bird and how they staged one of the most remarkable conservation success stories of our time. The presentation will cover various aspects of natural history, the former abundance of Bald Eagles in NY State, and how our national symbol was restored to grandeur.

Mike Scheibel has been the Natural Resources Manager at The Nature Conservancy, Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island since 1996. Prior to working for TNC, Mike was a Senior Wildlife Biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.  During the nearly two decades he worked at the Bureau of Wildlife, in addition to working in traditional game species management with white-tailed deer and waterfowl, he initiated the local endangered species program, surveying and managing a diverse group of non-game species including osprey, bald eagle, piping plover and tiger salamander.  He served as the New York State representative on the federal Roseate Tern Recovery Team and was one of the original authors of the Roseate Tern Recovery Plan, 1989.

Sunday, April 23
North Fork Environmental Council 5K Race

Join the NFEC for a trail race/walk through the beautiful 275 acre Indian Island County Park (map)! Race entry includes: Refreshments, post-race raffle, awards ceremony & water stop on course.  All proceeds benefit the North Fork Environmental Council’s environmental education programs and scholarship fund.

Registration Registration starts at 8:30AM at Indian Island County Park
Click here to download Registration Form
Race Time Kids Fun Run (0.1 mile)  starts at 9:15AM.  Kids aged 8 and under run free!
5K Race starts at 10:AM
Race Address Cross River Drive (Route 105), Riverhead, NY 11901
Directions LIE exit 71; Right turn onto Route 24 at end of exit ramp; Follow Route 24 south through the Riverhead Traffic Circle; Continue on Route 24 and make a left turn at the next traffic light onto Route 105; Follow Route 105 to entrance on right.
On-line Registration
Cost $25.00 (first 150 guaranteed T-Shirt), day of race registration: $30.00.
Family entry: $75.00 for up to 4 related family members. No day-of family registrations.Make Checks Payable to:  North Fork Environmental Council – 5K
Mailing Address:  NFED, P.O. Box 799, Mattituck, NY  11952
Awards Top 3 male and female overall winners and top 3 male and female winners in the following age groups: Under 8, 9-12, 13-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, over 70.

Friday,  May 5th, Monthly Program
Spring Migration: The Beginning Birder

7:30 PM
Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY   (map)

Have you ever wanted to identify the birds you see in your yard every spring? Or maybe you have heard that same bird call along the your favorite woodland path each May and wondered what it was? If you have ever thought about moving past being a casual bird observer to being a birder, then this program is for you.

Pat Hanly will present common birds and songs to help you identify spring songbirds. He’ll start with the characteristics of songbird families and move to many of the species you regularly see and hear. He’ll discuss the tools (binoculars, field guides, phone apps) that will help you in your journey. This program is not for the advanced birder. It is for you, the Beginner Birder.

Pat Hanly, the presenter, is a local North Fork birder, hawk-watcher and nature enthusiast. Pat is the new compiler of the Orient Audubon Christmas Bird Count, one of the oldest continuing Audubon counts in the country

Friday,  June 9th, Monthly Program
A Virtual North Fork Beach Walk with John Holzapfel

7:30 PM
Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY  (map)

This multi-pictorial PowerPoint presentation will include the natural history, the local North Fork history and the environmental interactions involving several different species such as scallops, oysters, gulls and horseshoe crabs, the traces and impressions of which can be observed and found on the shores of any of our North Fork beaches.

John has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in Marine Science and taught high school science for 37 years and junior college science for 15 years. He served on two occasions as a Southold Town Trustee and also served as a member of Cornell Cooperative’s marine advisory board. When he retired from teaching he began a shellfish company and after 10 years retired from the shellfish business. Over the past three years John has been giving monthly talks on nature at Peconic Landing in Greenport.