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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 14, 2017

Recap by Ken Thompson - Photos by Bob Labuski

Saturday January 14, 2017 we held the first of our 2017 Breakfast and Birding events for the year. The weather was very accommodating, we had mild temperatures little or no wind and a slight overcast sky. Not a bad day for January. As usual the room was full, and with a lot of repeat customers.

The event is a result of collaboration between Connetquot State Park Preserve staff, The Friends of Connetquot and Great South Bay Audubon Society. The Melville Deli again donated our bagels for our breakfast.

Pam Hunter from the Parks staff did a winter birds and waterfowl presentation while everyone enjoyed the breakfast supplied by the Friends of Connetquot. After breakfast we split into groups to do our walk in the park to see what bird are around in the winter. The walks were led by Great South Bay Audubon members with help from the Park staff and Friends of Connetquot.

We started birding at the mill at the end of the main pond. There was a good sampling of ducks for us to see. We saw Gadwall, Ring Neck, Mallard, Black Duck, Common Mergansers, Mute Swans, Canada Geese and a very cooperative Ruddy Duck that stayed close for good viewing. On the rest of our walk we did see some woodland birds. There were plenty of Red Bellied woodpeckers for everyone to see and when they got in sunlight it was very nice. We also saw Both Red and White Breasted Nuthatches, Black-capped Chickadees and Tufted Titmouse. A Yelllow-bellied Sapsucker was also seen.

It was another very successful Breakfast and Birding venture, come join us on our next which is scheduled for May 14, 2017.

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