New York City-area birders are well aware of the jewel we have for barrier beach birding in Jones Beach, Nassau County’s gift to my life list.  But the exotic pines that have hosted so many great birds over the years are dying out, and the 1,500 native pitch pine seedlings assembled for planting aren’t going to plant themselves.  So if you are interested in helping improve the habitat at Jones Beach on the weekend of 21-22 November plan to meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at 8 AM on either of those days.  Just email Ed Coyle at to let them know you are coming, wear work gloves,  and bring a spade, a shovel, or a trowel.  Don’t know how to plant a tree?  Don’t worry, training will be provided.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.