posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:45 AM by Arie Gilbert

It's the 100th anniversary of the 'Migratory Bird Act'. To celebrate, QCBC is having a contest to design a T-shirt. The image will be limited to 8x10, and should include the words: "100th Anniversary Migratory Bird Act" and Queens County Bird Club.

Multiple submissions are okay. Submissions will be judged at the April meeting. The winner will receive a complimentary T-shirt and our gratitude; members will be able to purchase a winning T-shirt from the club.

Sigh The 'No Offshore Drilling' In New York Waters Petition

posted Jan 19, 2018, 9:40 AM by Arie Gilbert

Go HERE to sign the petition!! Governor Cuomo wants to prevent drilling for oil off of New York.  Please join QCBC in supporting this measure.

The Feeders are UP!

posted Dec 4, 2017, 5:29 AM by Arie Gilbert

 After a lot of work to get them the Feeder posts are up in Forest Park!!  The station is located near the 'water hole' . "Yay!" said the birds...

The Forest Park Bird Feeders Are Coming!!

posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:25 AM by Arie Gilbert   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

The Feeder Station is in the works! See here for more! 

American Birding Expo - Philly PA - Sept 29 to Oct 1

posted Aug 4, 2017, 8:56 AM by Arie Gilbert   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 8:57 AM ]

See   for more info

Long Island Natural History Conference March 24-25 2017

posted Feb 10, 2016, 11:06 AM by Arie Gilbert   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

QCBC CBC Results

posted Dec 28, 2015, 7:41 AM by Arie Gilbert

We did very well this year. Click here to see the results!

2nd Annual Seatuck Birding Challenge - Saturday 9-26-15

posted Jul 20, 2015, 2:36 PM by Arie Gilbert

Join QCB's Team, or form your own to participate in the Seatuck Birding Challenge.
For more information see their website here

The Vice President and the President

posted Dec 6, 2014, 10:12 AM by Arie Gilbert

Nancy & Melinda

Our own VP Nancy Tognan (Left) is seen here with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. (Right) Nancy attended a meeting in support of African-American cemetery restoration, during which she presented Melinda with a Queens Count Bird Club hat. Looking good!

Attend the July 17 Jamaica Bay Public Meeting!!

posted Jul 2, 2014, 9:00 AM by Arie Gilbert   [ updated Jul 4, 2014, 6:35 PM ]

The National Park Service has announced the beginning of the planning process for the West Pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  As you are probably aware, the West Pond was breached in October 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.  The breach opened the pond to the tides and destroyed the valuable freshwater habitat that was one of New York State's premier birding destinations.  I am writing to alert you the upcoming opportunities for public comment on the future of the West Pond, and to ask that you reach out to inform your members. Please feel free to use the material below in your outreach.

Birders must speak up to ensure the pond is restored to support birds and wildlife.  The Birders' Coalition for Gateway, in which NYSOA is participating, has taken the position that the pond should be restored to the habitat values that existed after the West Pond was created in the 1950s.  This includes a large freshwater pond and emergent wetlands with water level regulation to encourage seasonal shorebird and waterfowl use; and open dune to encourage tern and Diamondback Terrapin nesting. High salt marsh is uncommon in Jamaica Bay and is another habitat element of interest for restoration of the West Pond. Currently the breach in the dike of the West Pond has turned the pond into a mudflat and caused the destruction of vegetation that is not salt tolerant. The former open dune area, called Terrapin Point, is overgrown into a dense thicket due to years of neglect by the Park Service.  Thus the area has virtually no habitat value and does not contribute to ecosystem diversity.

So what can birders do?

- Attend the public scoping meeting on July 17 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (see information attached >here<).

- Sign the Birders' Coalition's petition at 

- Write to Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Jennifer Nersesian and other public officials and tell them you want the West Pond restored for birds and wildlife.

Additional information on the public scoping process and the July 17 public meeting is attached.  Public comments are being accepted through July 30, 2014.  The full recommendations for restoration of the West Pond by the Birders' Coalition for Gateway can be found on New York City Audubon's web site at

A variety of interest groups will undoubtedly be very vocal in the upcoming scoping process.  The National Park Service has a history of giving priority to active recreational interests at the expense of wildlife in the Gateway National Recreation Area. 

It is critical that birders participate and make their views known!

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