It is with profound sadness that the Board of the South Shore Audubon Society announces the sudden passing of our treasured President, Michael Sperling, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Michael was one of the pillars of the Society, serving two two-term periods as President, as the Vice president and as the Chair of many committees over the years. But perhaps his greatest contribution was as editor of our newsletter The Skimmer, for the past 28 years. He prepared eight issues every year, and never missed one.
He not only edited contributed articles, but formatted each page; he even picked up the copies from the printers and labelled and mailed them. There were years when he mailed out over 2,100 copies of the newsletter.
Michael had such a wonderful memory, and was active in the Society for so many years, that he also served as the de-facto historian of the organization.
He was deeply committed to environmental preservation. In addition to serving South Shore, he served on the Board of the New York State Audubon Society for ten years.
It is hard to imagine how we will be able to fill his shoes. And we will miss him terribly.
Michael was amazingly organized, and has left SSAS in very good shape.
So we wish to tell all our friends that ALL OF OUR PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AS PLANNED.
SSAS is working on a memorial for Michael and we thank those who have generously contributed. If you would like to make a donation, please make out your check to South Shore Audubon Society, and write Michael Sperling Memorial Fund on the memo line. Mail your check to P.O. Box 31, Freeport, NY 11520. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling all bird walks, in-person meetings, and events through June 2020, including our Annual Dinner. Speakers will be rescheduled at future meetings.
As spring migration is upon us, with its benefits for physical and mental health, we recommend following National Audubon Society guidelines for safer birding: bring hand sanitizer, keep a minimum distance of 6 feet from other people, and do not share binoculars or spotting scopes.
Please watch our website or follow us on Facebook for the status of future meetings and events.