Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Great South Bay Audubon Society is to advocate for the conservation of habitats for native birds and other native wildlife on Long Island.


President: Jody Banaszak
Vice President: Position Pending
Treasurer: Annette Brownell · 631-665-4405
Corresponding Secretary: Tim Meyer · 631-346-0198
Recording Secretary: Nicholas Laviola · 631-678-7866

Past Presidents

Judy Davis
Alice Heller · 516-802-0700 Ext. 314
Kathleen O’Connor
Larry Merryman
Jack Finkenberg · 631-661-1278

Board of Directors

Arlene Rawls (516) 712-9514
Jack Carlson (631) 988-6808
Steve D’Amato · (631) 264-8413
Steven Steinbaum (631) 994-6970

Committee Chairs

Brookside Volunteer Coordinator: Steven Steinbaum 631-994-6970

Education: Juliane Wohler · 631-581-1731, Janet Gremli

Email Responder: Vera Capogna · 631-563-4969

Nature Walks: Ken Thompson · 631-612-8028

Historian: Astrid Otero · 631-585-8071

Hospitality: Open

Librarian: Vera Capogna · 631-563-4969

Mailing: Ken Thompson · 631-612-8028

Annual Dinner Chair: Annette Brownell · 631-665-4405

Membership: Open

Publicity: Helga Merryman · 631-669-6473

Programs: Karen Esposito (631) 960-1741

Wildlife in Need of Rescue & Rehabilitation: STAR: 631-736-8207

Webmaster: Eric Larson – eric@iadinc.com

Brookside County Park

Brookside property was purchased as parkland through the Clean Water Act, naming Great South Bay Audubon Society as stewards for the property. This is also a historic property and had been part of the Isaac Green Estate, built in 1897.

The Green’s Creek running along the east side of the property empties into Great South Bay. The rhododendrons that border the main lawn were mostly planted by the last owner, Mrs. Thurber throughout her 50-year stay. The GSBAS chapter is monitoring birds present on the property to date and has logged more than 118 species of birds.


Sunrise Highway (Rt. 27) to Exit 49, Lakeland Avenue South. Turn right onto Depot Avenue. Go past train station to the end. Turn left onto Greeley Avenue. Turn right onto Brook Street. Brookside entrance will be on the right.