The eastern bluebird was adopted as New York's state bird in 1970. (Photo: Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren)
Island Hopping

Virtual birding takes wing on Long Island

A senior scientist with the National Audubon Society will host a free virtual birding event next week.

Brooke Bateman leads the virtual birding session on Wednesday, May 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom as part of Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s Master Class Series.

Bateman’s virtual birding event will explore spring migration of birds from the Arctic to Long Island, the beauty and science of many species of birds across the world, as well as her invention, “Climate Watch,” a tool to monitor and combat the effects of climate change on birds.

Bateman has first-hand experience with Long Island’s winged creatures. Her first summer job as a teenager was aboard WMHO’s “Discovery” pontoon boat cruises where she would see snowy egrets, night herons and osprey along Stony Brook Harbor into West Meadow Creek.

In Bateman’s role at the Audubon Society, she has led a team of scientists in developing the 2019 Birds and Climate Change Report. She is also the director of Climate Watch, where she works with community volunteers to understand how climate change currently affects birds in North America. 

To register for the virtual birding event email [email protected].

Did you know?
The eastern bluebird was adopted as New York’s state bird in 1970.

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