Volunteer Opportunities

The South Shore Audubon Society has many opportunities for volunteers. A few of these opportunities are listed below.

Location: Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave, Seaford

When: First Saturday (9:00am - 11:00pm) and third Tuesday (3:00pm - 5:00pm) of each month, weather permitting.

South Shore Audubon has improved and beautified the gardens at the Tackapausha Museum for birds, butterflies, and people with our volunteers, the help of a National Audubon Society Collaborative Grant, and Tackapausha staff. We have added native plants, removed weeds and invasives, and have signs and informational materials. Our volunteer corps meets on the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month (weather permitting) to help maintain and further improve the garden. If you would like more information and/or to join our garden volunteers, please contact Louise DeCesare at 917-548-6974 or Lmdcesare128@gmail.com.

Location: Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, Seaford

When: December

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.

Volunteers needed to serve refreshments, help with arts and crafts, etc.

Special auditorium programs presented by SSAS.

Location: Brookside Preserve, Freeport/Baldwin

When: Spring & Fall

Time: Starting at 1:00 p.m.

Call Rich Kopsco at 516-825-6792 if you are interested in volunteering at Brookside.

Directions to Brookside Preserve: From Sunrise Highway, turn north onto Brookside Avenue. Go under the Long Island Rail Road overpass. Brookside Preserve is on the left (west) side of the road, a few hundred yards past the overpass. Diagonal parking is available on the street in front of the preserve’s entrance.

The SSAS Research Committee, formerly known as the Duck Survey Committee, has expanded its collection of data beyond that of the annual Duck Survey that began in 1989. This expansion will contribute to the biological record of the species of birds that utilize various locations within the SSAS area. There are three phases to this program:

  • Phase One -- the recording of the species seen on our bird walks;
  • Phase Two -- the collection of data from anyone who goes on individual bird walks and from anyone who would like to list the birds seen at their bird feeder (new data for this phase is currently not being collected);
  • Phase Three -- the collection of data by formalized teams at specific locations on specific dates.

Beginning in February of 1989, SSAS Duck Survey Chairperson Joe Grupp’s team spent five Saturdays every winter counting ducks in 28 locations from Valley Stream to Massapequa Park, with Paul Butkereit’s team doing the same at 10 locations in southwestern Nassau.

The data being collected provides essential and unprecedented information about the populations of every duck species wintering on our lakes and ponds.

Joe's successor, Bill Belford is looking for volunteers willing to spend a half day or full day viewing and learning about our waterfowl and where to find them. If you’re interested, please call him at 385-1759.