Welcome to Wild Birds Unlimited of Syosset

 

Bird Feeding Mastery
Christine Burke, Co-Owner of WBU Syosset
Thursday, August 18th 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. Join us for this master class in bird feeding!!!

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From Wild Acres to Margaritaville: How We Manage Land and What it Means For Birds
Michale Glennon, Science Director for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College
Thursday, September 8th at 7pm

Among human-caused impacts to natural systems, some of the most challenging to address are those which are incremental, widespread, and cumulative. Exurban development, or rural sprawl, is prevalent throughout much of the world and its impacts, generally perceived as relatively low, are less-well known than those associated with urban and suburban contexts. This presentation will describe findings from 2 decades of research into residential development and its impacts on birds, in the Adirondacks and beyond. The choices we make about how we live on the land – from where to build our homes to the activities and management actions we engage in once we live in them – influence the bird communities we find around us in both negative and positive ways, and provide important lessons for bird conservation.

About the speaker: Michale Glennon is an ecologist and serves as the Science Director for the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College. She previously spent 15 years as the Director of Science for the Adirondack Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She is interested in the effects of land use management on wildlife populations in the Adirondack Park of northern New York State and has 20 years of experience leading ecological research projects focusing on landscape and community ecology using a variety of taxa including avian, small mammal, and herpetological communities. She has experience with field techniques and analytical methods and has publishing scientific findings within a diversity of disciplines including biogeography, conservation, landscape ecology, and resource and recreation management. Her research ranges from issues of residential development to recreation ecology to climate change. Since 2004, Michale has led a long-term project focused on low elevation boreal bird communities in the Adirondacks, changes to those communities over time, and vulnerability of these species and their peatland habitats in a warming climate. 

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The Wonderful World of Woodpeckers
Stella Miller, Communication, Education and Outreach Mgr, WBU Syosset
Thursday, October 13th at 7pm

The forests and woodlands of Long Island provide ideal habitat for woodpecker species, some which breed here, one which is a regular migrant, spending winters with us, as well as two rarities to Long Island. 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?”

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