Public Nature Programs

Join us for one of our monthly speaker programs Topics will range from birds (of course!) to mammals to the natural areas of Long Island to everything in between.

Seating is limited, please be sure to register early!!!


Living With Wildlife "Friendraiser"
Sara Peterson, Volunteers For Wildlife
Sunday, December 9, 2018

In this program you will meet some of the reptiles, mammals & birds that call Long Island home. Get in-depth explanations about their unique adaptations and explore their role in our local ecosystem. Find out why these animals came to our Wildlife Hospital and learn how you can help others like them on Long Island! 

 Please be advised that we do not charge a fee for our programs. We do, however, ask that in the spirit of the holidays, you bring a donation for Volunteers the morning of this program as an "entry fee". Please bring an item from their Wish List:

HE laundry detergent
Kitchen trash bags
Heavy duty trash bags
All purpose cleaners
Baking soda
Liquid hand/dish soap
Scrub brushes
Heating pads
Pro-Plan kitten chow
Weight maintenance dog chow
Baby food (any flavor)
Nuts (unsalted)
*Seeds: sunflower hearts, cracked corn, millet, thistle,
Dove Mixes (unsalted)
*Suet Cakes
Pack-N-Play Playpens
Printer paper
Printer Ink (Brother LC201BK, LC201C, LC201M, LC201Y) 
AA/AAA batteries
Forever Stamps

*Can be purchased at WBU!

Gift Cards for any of the following:

Stop & Shop
King Kullen
Home Depot

About Sara Peterson: Sara graduated from Cazenovia College in 2016 with a degree in Environmental Biology. She also has a technical degree in large animal care and management. Sara has a passion for horses and has worked extensively in various horse facilities. Additionally, she has had volunteer experience in the conservation field, including tracking and researching coyotes! Sara is a native Long Islander.

About Volunteers for Wildlife: Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. is a nonprofit wildlife hospital and education center dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Long Island's wildlife and natural ecosystems. The center is located on the grounds of Bailey Arboretum in Locust Valley, New York. Each year they accept nearly 2,000 patients who are in need of care. A large portion of these patients are songbirds, waterfowl, and small mammals, with many of these patients arriving in the spring in the midst of "baby season". VW also treat raptors, reptiles, and amphibians. All patients are native to Long Island.  Volunteers for Wildlife strives to educate the public about Long Island's native fauna and the importance of preserving these species along with their habitats. Through their education programs, they have been able to reach thousands of adults and children with this message. They believe that through these efforts, and the efforts of other organizations such as VW, Long Island's wildlife and natural habitats will prosper for generations to come.


Birding Feeding Workshop-Attracting Birds to Your Yard Through Bird Feeding Mastery
Christine Burke, WBU
Saturday, January 12, 2019

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? What birds can we expect in our area and how can we tell them apart? How can we deter other hungry critters that seem determined to eat us out of house and home?

This program will provide information on how to set up 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. 


Birds in Your Backyard
Stella Miller, WBU
Saturday, January 19, 2019


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? Stella Miller will give a brief overview of the various species of our backyards...from common visitors to the more unusual.  

About Stella Miller: Stella Miller, Conservation, Education and Outreach Manager at Wild Birds Unlimited, is the former president of Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon, a position she held for over ten years. Since 2006, Stella has spearheaded conservation advocacy efforts such as a national “Save Our Raptors” campaign, “Long Island to Guatemala:The Avian Connection” partnership,and a Bird Friendly Communities Initiative which included designing a native demonstration garden at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. She is a co-founder of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition and was instrumental in assembling the original 40+ organizations that comprised the coalition. While at Audubon she coordinated habitat restoration projects with her volunteer group, the Habitat Heroes. After creating a Youth Outreach Committee, Stella mentored teenagers, teaching these teens the valuable skills they needed to become community leaders themselves. She created a “Bridging the Generation Gap: Connecting Teens and Seniors Through Nature” program which was implemented in various nursing homes. 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.


February 28: Saw Whet Owls - Trudy Battaly and Drew Panko

March 24: Creating Backyard Habitats - Stella Miller

April 25: Jamaica Bay, a Refuge For Wildlife - Don Riepe

May: TBD

June: date TBD: The Goatsuckers of Long Island - John Turner

Seating is limited, please register early by calling 516-226-1780! 


Previous Programs

August 3, 2017
John Turner: Exploring the Other Island, A Seasonal Guide to Natural Long Island

August 19, 2017
Christine Burke: Bird Feeding Mastery

September 14, 2017
Mike Bottini: The Expansion of Coyotes Onto Long Island

October 5, 2017
Douglas Robinson, PhD: The Marvels of Avian Migration

November 2, 2017
Stella Miller: Birds: Why They Matter. The Threats They Face. How We Can Help

December 2, 2017
Lauren Eddings, Volunteers for Wildlife:  Raptors of Long Island

December 9, 2017
Stella Miller, WBU:  Backyard Birds and Pinecone Feeder Workshop for Kids

December 14, 2017
Chris Paparo: Falconry, an Ancient But Not Forgotten Sport

January 25, 2018
John Turner: The Wonderful World of Woodpeckers

February 3, 2018
Christine Burke: Bird Feeding Mastery

February 23, 2018
Stella Miller: Owls, Their Natural History and Adaptations (DSC members event)

March 8, 2018
Stella Miller: Creating Backyard Habitats

April 9, 2018
Douglas Robinson, PhD: Ravens & Crows, Our Smartest Birds

May 3, 2018
Lloyd Spitalnik: Warblers, Gems of the Avian World

June 18, 2018
Katie Fallon: Vultures, The Story of an Unloved Bird

July 19, 2018
Louise Harrison: Plum Island, Saving an Ecological Gem

August 23, 2018
Stella Miller: Birds, Why They Matter, The Threats They Face, How We Can Help

September 13, 2018
Rob Cahill: The Birds of Guatemala and the Long Island Connection

September 22, 2018
Christine Burke: Bird Feeding Mastery

October 13, 2018
Christine Burke: Bird Feeding Mastery

October 17 2018
Douglas Robinson, PhD: How Wildlife Survives Winter

November 16, 2018
Martyn Kenefick: The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago

November 29, 2018
Stella Miller: Discovering The Owls of Long Island