Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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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 16, 2016

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski

Despite the threat of bad weather, the January 16th Breakfast and Birding at Connetquot River State Park Preserve was another success. The event is put on by the New York State Parks Environmental Education staff, the Friends of Connetquot and Great South Bay Audubon.

The room was again full for the continental breakfast and welcoming with the aroma of coffee. The Friends of Connetquot, the Melville Deli and other good people supplied the breakfast foods, which included bagels, cinnamon bread, scones, fruit, and more. Folks filled their plates and watched a presentation by Pam Hunter introducing winter waterfowl and birds we might expect to see.

Then we headed outside for the walks led by the folks from Great South Bay Audubon. We split into two groups and went to the main pond to look for ducks. We saw Gadwall, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, American Wigeons, and a Pied-billed Grebe. Afterward, we walked the paths around the building complex to look for land birds. A highlight was an off-season Eastern Towhee bathing in a roadside puddle that was seen by one of the groups; this unexpected sighting even allowed time to set up a scope and gave everyone a good opportunity see the bird up close. Total for both groups was twenty six species of bids for the day. We hope to see you for our next Breakfast and Birding event.


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