2019 Speaker Series

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Goatsuckers of Long Island

This Wednesday at 7 p.m., noted naturalist John Turner will give a presentation about goatsuckers as part of our Speaker Series. Never heard of a goatsucker? Well, now is your time to find out. Plus, there will be samples from Oyster Bay Brewing Company! Birds and brews – a unique and unbeatable combination.


January 28, 2019

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Goatsuckers of Long Island, February 13 at Friends of the Bay

Friends of the Bay is pleased to launch its 2019 Speaker Series with a presentation on “Goatsuckers of Long Island,” on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at Friends of the Bay (111 South Street, Oyster Bay). The three “goatsucker” species found on Long Island – the Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will’s-widow, and Common Nighthawk – comprise one of the more interesting groups of native birds. This program will explore basic aspects of their biology and ecology, and detail efforts to better understand their overall population numbers here, including the “Frank Melville Stone Bridge Nighthawk Watch.” You’ll also learn the folklore behind why they are called goatsuckers!

John Turner is a Long Island naturalist, conservationist, writer, and a founding member of the Long Island Nature Organization and Long Island Pine Barrens Society. He currently serves as a Conservation Policy Advocate for the Seatuck Environmental Association and Conservation Chair of the Four Harbors Audubon Society.

The mission of Friends of the Bay, an environmental advocacy organization located in Oyster Bay, NY, is to preserve, protect and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor estuary and the surrounding watershed. The Speaker Series is an informative and entertaining program of lectures and demonstrations aimed at providing attendees with a deeper understanding of the ecological, economic and historical importance of the estuary.

For more information, please visit our website at www.friendsofthebay.org or call 516-922-6666. This event is free and open to the public.

PHOTO: John Turner, 2018. Courtesy of John Turner, East Setauket.