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Eastern Long Island Audubon Society is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the communiites from Patchogue to Montauk along the South Shore of Long Island, including western Riverhead, Brookhaven, Southampton and East Hampton.
Monday, May 1 is the beginning of the 
Turkey Hunt in Suffolk County 
Here is the Unedited Press Release from the DEC listing the areas closed to birdwatching from before sunrise to noon. 
Spring Turkey Season Trail Closures

DEC will be closing certain properties to all recreational activities except hunting until noon during the month of May to accommodate Long Island's first-ever spring turkey season. DEC Managed Lands Access Permits are not valid for any other activity until noon each day of the spring turkey season on properties/parking areas where firearms turkey hunting is permitted.

DEC-managed properties where hunting spring firearms turkey hunting will be allowed and where trails will be closed from sunrise to noon are:

Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest - Shotgun and Archery
Westhampton Dwarf Pine Plains State Forest - Shotgun and Archery
Henrys Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest - Shotgun and Archery
Barcelona Neck Cooperative Hunting Area - Shotgun and Archery
David A. Sarnoff Cooperative Hunting Area - Shotgun and Archery
Otis Pike Pine Barrens State Forest Cooperative Hunting Area - Shotgun and Archery
DEC-managed properties that are not open for firearms spring turkey hunting have no recreational user access restrictions during this season and activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking can continue as usual. Visitors are advised archery turkey hunters may be present at the following properties:

Kings Park Cooperative Hunting Area
Calverton Pine Barrens State Forest
East Bartlett Pine Barrens State Forest
Carman's River Pine Barrens State Forest
Ridge Conservation Area
Fireplace Neck
Havens Point
Long Beach Bay

DEC Forest Rangers may potentially close trails for limited time periods throughout the year due to poor trail conditions or so that Forest Rangers and other DEC staff can conduct activities such as prescribed fire operations without impacting firefighters and mountain bikers. Recreational activities on most DEC-owned lands on Long Island require an individual to have a NYS DEC Managed Land Access Permit. Access permits are free and are valid for three years and must be carried at-all-times. Permits are required for anyone 12 years old or older.

For additional information on three-year access permits and recreational opportunities on DEC-managed properties, please contact the DEC's Natural Resources Department at (631) 444-0270 or visit the DEC's website.

Be warned other areas may also be closed.







Friday, May 26, 2023 − Meet at 7:30 am 
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Led by Eileen Schwinn
Our home! We will meet in the former parking lot (please park across the street, parallel to the railroad tracks), we will walk the Loop around the Ice Pond (about a mile). Good warbler-loving habitat − pine woods, open fields and tangled understory. Past visits have offered Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and even a Yellow-throated Warbler – but no guarantees! Well stocked feeders and clean restrooms are also provided! The QWR staff keeps the trails wide and brush free, so ticks are rarely a concern. Contact Eileen Schwinn, [email protected] to register.

Saturday, May 27, 2023 − Meet at 8:00 am
Manorville Hills
Led by Byron Young
Enter the park from is the north bound lanes of Route 111, Daniel Roe Highway, in Manorville. It is part of the Pine Barrens, and a nice stopping off point for migrating warblers. Habitats include marshy areas, fields and woods. Contact Byron Young, [email protected] to register.

Thursday, June 1 − Meet at 7:30 am - This is a change of date. 
The hunt will have ended!
Hunters Garden
Led by Eileen Schwinn
Located on the west side of Route 51 in Northampton (the border of Brookhaven & Southampton, just north of Sunrise Highway), Hunters Garden is a truly unique DEC managed area. Vernal ponds and dirt trails lead us though a rather hilly section of the South shore. Past finds include: both Cuckoos, Scarlet Tanager, Vireos, Wood and Hermit Thrush, Gnatcatchers, and a nice selection of warblers! The walk is approximately 2-3 miles − you might wish to bring a light snack and water along. Contact Eileen Schwinn, [email protected] to register.

Saturday, June 17 2023− Meet at 8:30 am
South Fork Natural History Museum 
A Joint Bird Walk and a Memorial – Led by Eileen Schwinn, Byron Young, Tom Moran and Darlene McNeil 
A joint-exploration of SOFO’s meadow home to nesting Bluebirds, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Bunting, Blue-winged Warblers, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Cedar Waxwing, Purple Martin, and more. (This walk originally was led by noted birder and composer, Eric Salzman, a member of both organizations. As my mentor, I often feel Eric’s presence along the trails and birdlife here, and it’s my honor to be a Leader of the walk). Contact Eileen Schwinn, [email protected] to register.