by Jody Banaszak
Since COVID-19 began last year everyone seems to be picking up new hobbies to pass the spare time. If you love nature and you also love arts and crafts , we have just the hobby for you! Maybe you always wanted to get into birding but never knew how to begin, it can be easy. You probably have everything you need right in your own home! According to an article on the National Audubon website this is what you’ll need to make your DIY Bird Feeder :
• One milk or juice carton
• Rope, cord, ribbon, or wire
• Acrylic paint
• Paint brushes
• Decorations recycled from household materials, crafts, or nature
• Craft or hot glue
This is a perfect activity for the whole family that will attract and feed birds while also serving as an adorable backyard decoration for summertime. Using all recycled materials this project is not only good for the environment but also your pockets!
Looking for a more advanced project?
Well, we have something just for you!
Another creative way to break into birding is by creating functional birdhouses specifically, out of clay! There will be classes brought to you by The Spirit Of Huntington Art Center this summer. The Spirit Of Huntington Art Center is a 501c3 that ignites the passion of students with special needs and Veterans for creative expression that transforms their lives. The class will be taught by Gina Mars, who has 30 years of teaching experience with a large following of students and a wide range of experience in the field. Three classes will be included – The first class students will be making the actual birdhouse, In the second class will be decorating the birdhouses and lastly for the third class students will glaze their birdhouses. Anyone 8 years of age and up has this opportunity to create their own unique birdhouse for different types of birds. In addition to creating a fun and functional birdhouse- students learn clay techniques, how to create a basic bird form out of clay and discuss birds of Long Island.
Field Trip to West End Jones Beach Recap
Twenty members and friends joined our club outing on Feb 12. The date was rescheduled from the near ZERO temperatures the weekend before and we were rewarding with temperatures around 50 degrees!
Letter to an Enviromental Assassin
I have lived in my house in Bay Shore for 39 years. My house is 112 years old and the trees surrounding my neighborhood filled the sky with color and life.
Annie & Audubon
Annie McIntyre retired on December 14, 2022, from the New York State Parks Long Island Regional Environmental Office after over 20 years of service.