Welcome to Wild Birds Unlimited of Syosset

 

Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, local expert advice and educational events.

We sell the highest quality bird food as well as feeders, nest boxes, bird baths and everything else you need to keep your birds happy and healthy.

We also carry a unique line of items including garden and home accents, delicious Birds & Beans Bird Friendly certified coffee, Runamok Maple Syrup, Tilley hats, Silver Forest earrings, Quilling Cards, Vortex optics, Wheelhouse socks, Pumpernickle Press greeting cards, StudioM Matmates and Art Poles, wind chimes, nature themed books and more!

Feed your birds regularly? Consider our WBU Daily Savings Club. Members can save money all year long on the highest quality bird food in town. Check it out here!

Wild Birds Unlimited is proud to be partnering with The National Wildlife Federation on their Backyard Habitat Certification Program! Check out our Gardening For Wildlife page for more info. 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Creating Backyard Habitats-Gardening for Birds and Other Wildlife
Stella Miller, Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager at WBU
April 30, 2021 at 7pm

Conservation isn't just about protecting wildlife habitat in parks, preserves and wilderness areas. It’s also about creating a network of pocket habitats and refuges for wildlife that provide food, water, shelter and a place to rear young, right in our own backyards!

Stella will guide us through creating backyard habitats, no matter how big or small your property. You'll learn why you should be creating backyard sanctuaries, as well the steps required to bring your habitat to life! Please note this is a one and a half hour presentation.

About the speaker: Stella Miller is the former president of Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon, a position she held for over ten years. Since 2006, Stella has spearheaded various conservation initiatives which included designing a native demonstration garden at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. She is also the co-founder of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, a coalition of over 100 organizations.

While at Audubon she coordinated habitat restoration projects in three local preserves with her volunteer group, the Habitat Heroes. Believing in the critical need to form collaborations and build bridges, she worked with other community organizations as well as stakeholders on a state, county and town level, in order to protect our natural areas.

She is a recipient of the Norman Stotz Award for Outstanding Chapter Leadership, awarded by Audubon New York, was honored as one of the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s “Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education” for her dedication to preserving Long Island’s natural history and in 2016 was recognized by the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce for her work on behalf of Audubon.

 Space is limited so reserve your spot now via this link

 

Crows and Ravens-Brainiacs of the Bird World
Douglas Robinson, PhD
May 6, 2021 at 7pm

Much maligned, yet loved birds, the American Crow and Common Raven have complex social lives and amazing intelligence. Crows have been proven to recognize familiar human faces and ravens, honored by Native Americans, is the largest "perching" bird, the size of a hawk. A remarkably adaptable bird, living as a scavenger and predator, it can survive at all seasons in surroundings as different as hot desert and high Arctic tundra. Once driven from much of its eastern range, the raven has made a comeback and is populating Long Island! Join us tonight and learn about the natural history of these amazing birds.

About the speaker: Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Robinson conducts behavioral and population biology research on birds and has spents decades following American Crows and their lives. His experiences have taken him around the world and include long-term stays on remote islands investigating seabird foraging biology, as well as supporting the well-being of Kākāpō in New Zealand. Dr. Robinson teaches Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology of New Zealand Flora and Fauna at the Mount.

Space is limited, register now via this link.

 

Birds in Our Backyard-Spring/Summer Edition
Stella Miller, WBU Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager
May 20, 2021 at 7pm

Breeding season version!!! Long Island is home to numerous bird species, from the majestic bald eagle to tiny hummingbirds. What birds can you expect to see in your backyard? What ARE you seeing in your backyard? How can you identify them? Tonight we will have a brief overview of avian breeding and learn about  he various species of birds in our backyards both year round and during the warmer months-from common visitors to the more unusual-and how we can learn to identify them. We will also learn some tips on how to attract these species!

Space is limited, register now via this link

 

Vultures: The Story of an Unloved Bird
Katie Fallon, Author & Founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia
June 10, 2021 at 7pm

Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States Turkey and Black Vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s book, this presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, special adaptations, and common misconceptions.

About the Speaker: Katie Fallon is the author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (2017) and, previously, Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. She is also the author of two books for children, Look, See the Bird! (2017) and Look, See the Farm! (forthcoming 2018). She lives in West Virginia and is co-founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the region’s wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. She currently serves as the President of the Mountaineer Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Her first word was “bird.”

 Space is limited. Register via this link

Ticked-off NY: Everything You Never Wanted to Know (But Still Need to Know) About Ticks
Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann-Cornell University
June 24, 2021 at 7pm

Long Island is Tick Land. One cannot go for a hike here without arming themselves with repellent to ward off possibly the most unloved creature in the outdoors. This important presentation will introduce our audience to the most important tick species in the Northeast, including blacklegged, lone star and American dog ticks, and the diseases they carry. Participants will learn about biology and habitats of different ticks, techniques for preventing and avoiding tick bites, and sustainable ways to manage ticks in landscapes and around structures.

About the speaker: As Coordinator of Community IPM at the NYSIPM Program at Cornell University, Dr. Gangloff-Kaufmann leads a team of specialists in promoting awareness and sustainable solutions to urban and public health pest issues, including ticks. Jody has been an entomologist and IPM Specialist for over 20 years, working closely with local government officials, Cooperative Extension educators, professionals and the public to encourage the adoption of integrated pest management. IPM is an effective approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices that reduce risks to human health and the environment.

Space is limited-register via this link

 

Discovering Long Island's Owls
Stella Miller, Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager, WBU
July 15, 2021 at 7pm

Owls are charismatic and beloved birds that just happen to be formidable and skilled hunters. Stella will discuss the various owls that call Long Island home in this program as well as the amazing adaptations that make them such remarkable predators. We’ll also touch on some of the legends and lore that surround this group of raptors.

About the speaker: Stella Miller is the former president of Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon, a position she held for over ten years. Since 2006, Stella has spearheaded various conservation initiatives which included designing a native demonstration garden at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. She is also the co-founder of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, a coalition of over 100 organizations.While at Audubon she coordinated habitat restoration projects in three local preserves with her volunteer group, the Habitat Heroes. Believing in the critical need to form collaborations and build bridges, she worked with other community organizations as well as stakeholders on a state, county and town level, in order to protect our natural areas.

She is a recipient of the Norman Stotz Award for Outstanding Chapter Leadership, awarded by Audubon New York, was honored as one of the Oyster Bay Historical Society’s “Top Advocates for Historic Preservation and Education” for her dedication to preserving Long Island’s natural history and in 2016 was recognized by the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce for her work on behalf of Audubon.

Space is limited. Register via this link