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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Connnetquot River State Park Preserve Breakfast and Birding Recap

May 22, 2010 - Birding and Breakfast

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May 22, 2010, was a beautiful spring day that brought thirty-seven people to Connetquot River State Park Preserve to enjoy a sumptuous array of breakfast treats and a guided bird walk on the trails of Connetquot.  Given the large number of people that attended, two groups were formed and leaders Ken Thompson and Edith Wilson were kept busy pointing out birds as well as other wildlife and fielding the questions of their respective group.  East Islip High School sent a few students who needed the program to fulfill a requirement of their curriculum.  It was a pleasure to have these young people along as they seemed very interested in not only the birds, but plants, butterflies and other animals we encountered.  As we walked, bird song filled the air and challenged us to identify the species that produced it.  We heard more birds than we saw as the copious spring rains dressed the trees and bushes with a heavy suit of leaves that effectively hid wrens, pewees, phoebes and others from our view.  Nevertheless, we managed to tally a total of forty-six species seen or only heard by either group or both, as follows below. - Co-leader Edith Wilson

(Photographs courtesy of Patrick J. Burke)

The Birding and Breakfast program is a collaboration of Friends of Connetquot, Great South Bay Audubon Society, and NYS Parks.

  1. Am. Crow
  2. American Robin
  3. Baltimore Oriole
  4. Barn Swallow
  5. Black-backed Gull
  6. Black-capped Chickadee
  7. Blackpoll Warbler
  8. Brown Creeper (H)
  9. Brown Thrasher
  10. Brown-headed Cowbird
  11. Canada Goose
  12. Carolina Wren (H)
  13. Cedar Waxwing
  14. Chipping sparrow
  15. Common Grackle
  16. Common Yellowthroat (H)
  1. Double-crested Cormorant
  2. Downy Woodpecker
  3. Eastern Kingbird
  4. Eastern Phoebe (H)
  5. Eastern Towhee
  6. Eastern Wood Pewee (H)
  7. European Starling
  8. Forsters Tern
  9. Gray Catbird
  10. Great-crested Flycatcher
  11. Green Heron
  12. Herring Gull
  13. House Sparrow
  14. House Wren (H)
  15. Mourning Dove
  16. Mute Swan
  1. Northern Cardinal
  2. Northern Mockingbird
  3. Osprey
  4. Ovenbird (H)
  5. Pine Warbler
  6. Red-eyed Vireo
  7. Red-winged Blackbird
  8. Rock Pigeon
  9. Ruby-throated Hummer
  10. Song Sparrow
  11. Tree Swallow
  12. Tufted Titmouse (H)
  13. White-breasted Nuthatch
  14. Yellow Warbler

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