GO Native 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 2021, GO Native will feature bird watching in the Pines with Tod Winston from NYC Audubon.
The Pines Conservation Society presents our annual talk and walk series…
GO Native: Birds of Fire island
Sunday, September 26th 2021, 9am-12pm
Thanks to those that joined us. See you in 2022!
Fall migration is the most exciting time to go birding on Fire Island: several hundred bird species migrate south along Long Island's south shore, including songbirds, raptors, and seabirds, stopping to rest and refuel along the way. Join us for a talk and birding adventure with New York City Audubon birding guide Tod Winston and other local guides, as we explore the surprising variety of bird life that can be found along the Pines and Cherry Grove boardwalks, off the beach, and behind the dunes! We'll also learn how the Fire Island native ecosystem provides just what birds need, and what we can all do to protect vulnerable bird species and help them on their way. Bring water, binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Communications Manager for Special Projects, Birding Guide, and Research Associate, New York City Audubon
A lifelong birder who doesn't go anywhere without his binoculars, Tod grew to love birds as a child in rural Pennsylvania, in the company of his nature-loving father. He particularly enjoys bringing new people to the joy of birds via New York City Audubon's Beginning Birding course, and helping birders of all levels improve their ability to "bird by ear". Tod has worked with NYC Audubon since 2007 in various capacities and is presently managing editor and designer of The Urban Audubon newsletter, among other publications.
A lover of foreign languages and music, Tod is constantly working to improve his own understanding of the musical language of birds. He is a proponent of "slow birding"—pausing to appreciate the mysterious activity and beauty of even the most common species—and also enjoys focusing on flowers, trees, and related issues of evolution and ecology. Having spent a good amount of time over the years skulking about the Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove in search of birds (... among other objectives ...), he is excited to explore it all with you this September!