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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

Saturday, January 18 & 19, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

So nice, we did it twice. Saturday, January 18 was the winter Birding and Breakfast program at Connetquot River State Park Preserve that NY State Parks, Great South Bay Audubon, and the Friends of Connetquot jointly offer three times a year. The response was so very enthusiastic, the Park folks asked if we could do a second walk on Sunday, the 19th, which we did.

Both days the weather was very cooperative with sunshine and relatively mild temperatures; it was enjoyable to be walking and birding. We spent the first part of each day scanning the ducks on the pond right outside the main building. We had good scope looks at a bunch of different ducks, mostly Gadwall but we also saw Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser as well as the common Mallard. Then we split into groups and walked the paths looking for land birds. We had a nice mix of the usual winter birds for all the folks to look at and enjoy. On Saturday we had some beautiful Eastern Bluebirds to finish the day.

The feedback from the participants was very positive; they enjoyed the presentations, the walks and seeing the birds on two nice days.

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