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
Jamaica Bay-an Urban Oasis
Don Riepe, President-Littoral Society NE Chapter
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 7pm
Don has been working with birds, plants, management issues, and wildlife around Jamaica Bay for over 40 years. This presentation contains a variety of wildlife in an urban setting and how we have been creatively managing for them. Over 340 species of birds, 108 species of finfish, 70 species of butter- flies, and 600 species of moths have been found in the bay either as breeding, migrating through, overwintering, or accidentally spending time in the area. His talk will include a long-standing raptor management marsh restoration project, terrapin research, marine debris removal, and unique photos of birds and wildlife living within the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens in NYC.
About the speaker: Don Riepe retired in 2003 from the National Park Service, where he worked as a naturalist, ranger, and manager of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in NYC. Currently, he is employed as Jamaica Bay Guardian and Director of the Northeast Chapter for the American Littoral Society. Don has written many articles on natural history subjects and his photographs have been published in many journals including Scientific American, National Wildlife, Audubon, Defenders, Underwater Naturalist, Parade, and The New York Times. He has an MS in Natural Resources Management from the University of New Hampshire and has taught a course in Wildlife Management at St. John’s University. A long time member of the Port Authority’s Bird Hazard Task Force, he also serves on the advisory board of NYC Audubon and is co-chair of the Jamaica Bay Task Force.
Space is limited. Register via this link.
Bird Feeding Master Class
Christine Burke, Co-owner, WBU
Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7pm
North America is filled with an amazing diversity of feeder birds. From tiny hummingbirds, chickadees, nuthatches and titmice to heftier cardinals, orioles and woodpeckers, we all have the chance to experience the joy of feeding birds and watching their delightful antics wherever we live. How do we attract these birds? What are the best feeders to set up? The best food to use? How can we deter other hungry critters that seem determined to eat us out of house and home?
Christine Burke, co-owner of WBU Syosset, will guide us as we learn how to create a backyard refuge for birds. You’ll learn the 12 elements of a thoughtful bird feeding station, as well as the right foods to serve to attract specific birds. You will also learn how you can improve your backyard habitat, attracting even more birds.
Space is limited. Register via this link
The River Otters of Long Island
Michael Bottini, Biologist and Author
Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7pm
The river otter is a top-of-the-food-chain, semi-aquatic mammal whose populations suffered dramatic declines during the fur trade era. It is an important member of freshwater and estuarine ecosystems, and many states - including New York - have implemented otter re-introduction programs to assist the recovery of extirpated populations. Learn about the ecology and habits of river otters, as well as the efforts being made to study and protect them on Long Island.
About the speaker: Mike Bottini resides in Springs and currently works as a wildlife biologist, writer, outdoor educator, environmental consultant, swim instructor and ocean lifeguard. After completing graduate studies in wildlife ecology at the University of British Columbia, Mike worked for fourteen years at the Group for the South Fork, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. He taught field ecology, environmental science, and natural history courses at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, CUNY, and the Ross School, published three books about this area ("Exploring East End Waters: A Natural History and Paddling Guide"; "Trail Guide to the South Fork"; and "The Walking Dunes: East Hampton’s Hidden Treasure"), and writes a nature column for the East Hampton / Southampton Press. Mike’s wildlife research studies have included elk, spotted and tiger salamanders, spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters.
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Why Birds Matter, The Threats They Face, How We Can Help
Stella Miller, Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager, WBU
Tuesday, August 31 2021 at 7pm --- Hosted by the Bayville Library
Birds are beautiful and many appreciate their presence, but unfortunately, they are in trouble. The NY Times, Washington Post, NBC News and countless other news outlets have headlined the devastating news that since 1970 we have lost 29% of our bird populations. According to the 2019 "State of the Birds" report, that is about 3 billion birds. Why should we even care? And what can we do to help. In this presentation we will learn why birds matter to us, the perils they face and how we, as individuals and communities, work together to protect them.
For more information, visit the Bayville Library's Calendar of Events
TRAVEL THE WORLD WITH US IN SEPTEMBER!!!
Kiwi as...Conservation of New Zealand's Parakeets and Parrots
Douglas Robinson, PhD
Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7pm
New Zealand has been featured recently due to its incredible handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its uniqueness extends far beyond its science-based approach to managing human health issues. As an island nation that became isolated 80 million years ago, its plant and animal life evolved without the influence of mammals. Unfortunately, the arrival of humans, and their mammalian companions, ~800 years ago spelled disaster for New Zealand’s naïve organisms: nearly half of all terrestrial species have gone extinct since humans landed on its shores. The Department of Conservation (DOC) and non-profit organizations (e.g., Project Janszoon) have led the way in protecting and re-populating native species throughout New Zealand. Please join us for a presentation discussing recent research on Kākāriki (Yellow-crowned Parakeets) and Kākāpō that has helped make strides in bringing threatened species back from the brink of extinction.
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.
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The Galapagos-The Home of Evolution
Tom Stephenson, Author: "The Warbler Guide"
Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7pm
Six hundred miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador sit a chain of volcanic islands that are home to a range of fascinating and unique animals. Because of its isolation, the Galapagos has served as a workshop in evolution. The slight variation of some of the birds from island to island triggered the imagination of Charles Darwin, which led him to develop his world-changing theory of evolution.
For this talk we’ll discuss the historical significance of the islands and show lots of photos of the birds, reptiles and mammals that live there including sharks, iguanas that swim, albatross, penguins, tree finches, cactus finches, ground finches and, of course, tortoises.
About the speaker: About the speaker: Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the Birds and Handbook of the Mammals of the World and Guide to the Birds of SE Brazil.
He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in Asia, where he trained guides for the government of Bhutan. He has donated many recordings of Eastern Himalayan rarities and other Asian species to Cornell’s Macaulay Library of Natural sounds.He was on Zeiss’s digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding and in 2011 his and Scott’s team won the World Series Cape Island Cup and in 2014 they set the US record for a Photo Big Day. As a musician he played concerts and did studio work for many years, working with several Grammy and Academy Award winners. His clients included the Grateful Dead, Phil Collins and the FBI. He joined Roland Corporation in 1991, managed the recorder division, and retired recently as Director of Technology.His latest book, "The Warbler Guide", is published by Princeton University Press.
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Stella Miller, WBU
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7pm
Spending time looking for and observing birds is great for your physical, mental, and emotional health. It connects you to nature in a way that goes beyond just hiking. It teaches you observation skills, and, if you choose, it can open the doors to making new friends. It's flexible-you can bird only in your backyard, or you can choose to travel the world to see as many birds as possible. It keeps you sharp-because once you have seen a bird, you just want to learn as much as you can about it. It is really the perfect pastime when you think about it! But, does one actually become a birder? Tonight you will learn tips on learning to identify birds, as well as the tools needed to get started.
About the speaker: Stella Miller is Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager at Wild Birds Unlimited of Syosset and the former president of Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon, a position she held for over ten years. Since 2006, Stella has spearheaded conservation advocacy efforts including co-founding the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, and a Bird Friendly Communities Initiative which included designing two native demonstration gardens at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. While at Audubon she coordinated habitat restoration projects in three local preserves with her volunteer group, the Habitat Heroes. With a Youth Outreach Group, Stella mentored teenagers, teaching these teens the valuable skills they needed to become community leaders themselves. Believing in the critical need to form collaborations and build bridges, she worked with other community organizations and elected officials 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.
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Bison-An American Icon
Patrick Thomas, PhD, Wildlife Conservation Society
Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7pm
Bison are considered a keystone species: they once roamed the continent in great herds, and their grazing pressure helped shape the ecology of the Great Plains. More than that, they were crucial to Plains Indian societies. Historically, bison numbered an estimated 20-30 million. Unregulated shooting of bison, which culminated in mass slaughters during the 1870s, reduced the population to 1,091 in 1889. Today, approximately 500,000 bison live across North America.
Join us tonight as we learn the history of the American Bison, as well as the current conservation efforts in place for one of America’s most iconic animals.
About the speaker: Dr. Thomas has been with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx (WCS) Zoo’s Mammal Department since 1979. He is currently the general curator and is responsible for supervising the care and management of over 4,000 animals from nearly 500 species. Thomas has worked on field projects throughout the world. Within the past five years he has worked in South Africa, where he developed techniques to non-invasively collect hair samples from lions, leopards and cheetahs for DNA analyses, and in South America where he has been working to evaluate the short-and long-term effects of live-shearing guanacos for their wool, which is being tried as a conservation strategy. He has also traveled extensively for WCS, leading a team to bring back an orphaned snow leopard cub from the Himalayas of Pakistan, to consult with the Kenya Wildlife Service and Uganda Wildlife Education Center on the redesign of their captive animal facilities in Nairobi and Entebbe, and to lead numerous WCS Members’ tours to southern Africa.
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The Journey of Birds Across Time and Space
Morgan Tingley, PhD, University of California
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7pm
The Carolina Parakeet, the Heath Hen, the Passenger Pigeon—when we contemplate how our country’s bird life has changed, we often focus on the handful of species we have lost entirely. But while we have yet to lose a single bird species to our rapidly changing climate, the birds around us have been adapting and changing in a multitude of ways. Join Dr. Tingley on a journey across our nation and through the last century, walking in the footsteps of past zoologists to compare their world to the one we see today, to learn how climate change has already dramatically changed the lives of birds.
About the Speaker: Morgan Tingley joined the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2020, after previously serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and as a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow at Princeton University. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to this, he received a B.A. from Harvard University and a M.Sc. from Oxford University. He is an elected fellow of the American Ornithological Society and a research associate with the Institute for Bird Populations. He is a recipient of the “Wings across the Americas” conservation award from the U.S. Forest Service, and the Young Professional Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society. His research papers have been covered widely by the popular press, including features by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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The Winter Finches of New York
Matthew Young, Finch Research Network
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7pm
Each year birders eagerly await the Winter Finch Forecast, holding their breath as they hope for what is known as a “good year”. The winter of 2020-21 was not just a good year, it a mega year for irrupting winter finches. But, what exactly are winter finches and can someone please explain an irruption? These questions and more will be answered as Matt Young discusses this migration phenomenon, the natural history of the various species and speculates on when our next irruption year will be.
About the speaker: Matt Young, President and Founder of the Finch Research Network, has been observing and enjoying nature since a very young age. He was a Regional Editor of the Kingbird for 10 years, the state ornithological journal in New York, was an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Studies at SUNY-Cortland, and currently teaches an Intro to Birding class for Cornell University and is the Board Chair at The Wetland Trust. He worked at the Cornell Lab for more than 15 years where he did extensive fieldwork for the Lab’s Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers atlas projects, and was project lead on the Lab’s first Finch Irruptive Bird Survey for Bird Source in 1999. He was the Collections Management Leader/Audio Engineer at the Macaulay Library ~12 years where he edited sounds for several Merlin packs around the world in addition to being the lead audio engineer on several guides. The Finch Research Network is dedicated to the study and conservation of finches and their habitats globally.
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The Wonderful World of Woodpeckers
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 7pm
The forests and woodlands of Long Island provide ideal habitat for six woodpecker species, five of which breed here, and one other one which passes through as a regular migrant, especially in the fall. Tonight Stella Miller will educate us about the various species of woodpeckers that call Long Island home, as well as the answer to that age old question, “Why don’t woodpeckers get headaches?”
Space is limited. Register via this link.