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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.