GO Native: An Ecosystem Tour is PCS' annual walk and talk in conjunction with the National Park Service that examines Fire Island's ecosystem including discussions on how flora and fauna adapt and change over time. Past  tours have examined the Great South Bay and its unique ecology and tidal wetlands,  the 300-year old Sunken Forest which has been designated a "globally rare" ecological site and the ecology and native plants of the Pines.
 
In 2020, GO Native was cancelled due to COVID19 concerns.  However, late in the season PCS tested an idea for a future eco-tour:  bird watching in the Pines. 
Birding in the Pines with Chris Cooper
 
A few members of our community had a unique opportunity in late September 2020 to go “birding” with NYC Audubon board member Chris Cooper.  PCS partnered with BOFFO (the Pines’ artist in residence program) to explore bird watching in the Pines. 
 
In addition to being a birding expert, Chris is a writer of comic books, a senior editor in health sciences and a social justice superhero.  Chris recently published a graphic novel titled “It’s A Bird” that received a glowing review in the NYTimes.
 
Chris’ brilliance, wit and passion were enlightening as both common resident birds and interesting migrating birds were observed.  PCS hopes to offer an introduction to birding next season as part of our GoNative series.  Stay tuned, but in the meantime, check out these specific birding tips and suggestions offered by Chris Cooper and how you can support bird populations on Fire Island.
 

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