Public Nature Programs


Wild Birds Unlimited of Syosset is proud to announce that we will be hosting monthly nature programs. Topics will range from birds (of course!) to mammals to the natural areas of Long Island to everything in between.

We invite you to attend...light refreshments will be served!! Seating is limited, please be sure to register early!!!


Attracting Birds to Your Yard Through Bird Feeding Mastery
Christine Burke, WBU
Saturday October 13, 2018

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?

Christine Burke 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. 



How Wildlife Survives Winter
Doug Robinson, PhD, Mount Saint Mary College
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

How does a bird that only weighs as much as a dime survive the cold of   winter?  Where do skunks hide when snow is on the ground?  Non-human animals have amazing behavioral and physiological adaptations that aid in surviving the coldest periods of winter. Join us as Doug Robinson explains how animals can remain active during ‘polar vortices’ or hunker-down to escape the freezing temperatures.

Dr. Douglas Robinson, Jr., is a behavioral ecologist who has studied bird behavior and its evolutionary and ecological underpinnings for over 20 years. His investigations of Eastern Bluebirds, Bald Eagles, and American Crows have yielded insights into the factors that influence decision-making based upon environmental and social conditions. Doug is a tenured faculty member at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, where he teaches courses in ecology, evolution, animal behavior, conservation biology in New Zealand, and anatomy and physiology.


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

The continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America, along with its varied habitats, has resulted in an extremely diverse biota. Species lists for this island are impressive, including 97 native mammals, 400 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies, as well as over 2,200 species of flowering plants. No other area in the West Indies, and few areas of comparable size in tropical America, can match this spectacular species diversity.  Tonight we will learn about the birds of Trinidad and Tobago, and the great conservation and education mission of the Asa Wright Nature Centre, located in Trinidad.

About Martyn Kenefick: An avid birder since the age of 13, he has enjoyed private birding trips to 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South-east and East Asia, North and South America and to islands of the Caribbean. Additionally since 2000 he led tours on behalf of several UK Birding Tour companies to countries as diverse as Kuwait,Kenya, Israel and multiple tours to the USA, before retiring in 2014. He is the senior author of the field guide “Birds of Trinidad & Tobago” and, together with the artist Robin Restall is currently working on enhancements for the 3rd edition of the book.  He is currently the Hon Sec to the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Birds Committee and is T&T’s representative to the South American Classification Committee of the AOU.

Living With Wildlife "Fundraiser"
Lauren Eddings, 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 Lauren Eddings: Lauren graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in zoology in 2006.  Lauren's first introduction to wildlife rehabilitation was at Volunteers for Wildlife as an animal care volunteer in the summer of 2004! Lauren spent the next two summers working at the center, as an intern in 2005 and then as a wildlife educator in 2006. The following fall, Lauren pursued a master's degree in education from Saint Lawrence University and worked as a summer teacher naturalist at the New Canaan Nature Center in 2007.  In 2008, Lauren was welcomed back as the Education Coordinator and she began work in her current role in 2012. Lauren is a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.  

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.

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