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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

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Recap by Ken Thompson

As always, the 11 May Birding & Breakfast program - which is held three times a year and is a collaboration of New York State Parks, Great South Bay Audubon Society, and the Friends of Connetquot—was enthusiastically received by thirty-one attendees. We are happy to note that this program attracts so many people that it is now necessary for the Environmental Office of NYS Parks to schedule an additional program of their own to accommodate them all.

On the day of this program, the temperature was mild and the sun was shining; in addition, this spring’s bird migration has been a very rewarding spectacle for bird enthusiasts because it has produced a steady flow of varied and unusual bird species. We split into two groups and as we stepped outdoors, after breakfast and a brief program on bird identification, birds of many kinds were announcing their presence with their song. It was its call that led us to find the first bird, and the star of the day, a beautiful Yellow-throated Warbler (see photo at right) that everyone was able to see. Warblers are a difficult bird for beginners to spot in the foliage of a tree because they’re small and constantly moving. Both groups also saw several colorful Baltimore Orioles; a pair each of nesting Eastern Bluebirds and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. The latter birds were busy constructing their small nest and covering it with lichen for camouflage. Other notables of the total of forty species seen were Rough-legged Hawk, Common Tern, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

The fall migration Birding & Breakfast is on September 13th, 2014. The Friends hope to see many more of you there.

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