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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, May 10, 2015

Recap by Ken Thompson

Today we had another successful Birding and Breakfast at Connetquot State park preserve. Over forty people showed up on what started out as a cloudy, foggy morning. As we were having our breakfast and listening to the birding lecture, the skies cleared, the sun came out and we wound up with a spectacular morning.

We do these events three times a year, in September January and May. They are always well attended. It is a coordinated event between The NYS Parks staff at Connetquot SPP, The Friends of Connetquot support group and Great South Bay Audubon. The Parks folks set up the room and prepare and serve the food. The bagels are provided by the Melville deli, the rest of the food is donated by the friends of Connetquot. The parks staff does the bird presentations, and Great South Bay Audubon does the leading of the walks. The Friends of Connetquot also provide moral support.

Over thirty species of birds were seen on the morning's walk. As we left the building a Red-tailed Hawk was seen up close. it was sitting on a fence right near the Grist mill.Later it was perched in a tree. It was sitting in the sunlight just waiting and watching. Everyone enjoyed the moment. There were Baltimore Orioles everywhere you looked and we had regular flyovers by Osprey.

A great morning was enjoyed by all attendees, come and join us next time.

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