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Please Note: We do not take injured birds as we are not licensed to do so
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Thank you to all our volunteers, members, friends and everyone who helped GCBS

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Left to right:  Gold Award Recipients Elena Fernandez, Maia Fernandez and Kelly Anne Norberto.  Not pictured:  Olivia Coffey.

Girl Scout Gold Awards for Projects Related to the Garden City Bird Sanctuary
Four Girl Scouts received their Gold Awards for projects related to the Garden City Bird Sanctuary at the Girl Scouts of Nassau County 2016 Gold Award Ceremony, which took place on Monday evening, June 27th at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.  It was a special ceremony as 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gold Award.
Elena Fernandez increased community awareness of human impact on the environment through her project, “Return of a Giving Tree – the American Chestnut Tree”.  She planted 13 seedlings and saplings, conducted workshops and presentations, and prepared educational materials which are posted on the Garden City Bird Sanctuary website.  Elena graduated from Dominican Academy and will attend Cornell University in the fall.
Maia Fernandez’s project was “Butterfly Garden”.  She created a butterfly garden at the bird sanctuary and a coloring book which contains drawings of plants and flowers from her garden as well as environmental tips.  The coloring book will be given out to visitors at the bird sanctuary.  Maia also gave tours of the bird sanctuary.  She graduated from H. Frank Carey High School and will attend SUNY Purchase in the fall.
Olivia Coffey’s project was entitled “Protect the Hempstead Plains”.   She conducted community education sessions to increase awareness of the value of the Hempstead Plains, which is home to a number of rare plant and animal species.   She created a brochure which will be distributed at the bird sanctuary and displayed in the learning center at Nassau Community College.   She graduated from Garden City High School and will attend the University of Richmond in the fall.
Kelly Anne Norberto’s project was entitled “Project Arboretum”.   Kelly Anne researched what was required for the bird sanctuary to be accredited as a Level 1 arboretum.  She documented the location of 30 designated trees using GPS technology, prepared the necessary documentation for the bird sanctuary to become an official Level 1 arboretum, and submitted an application to ArbNet, the certifying organization.  She graduated from Garden City High School and will attend Marist College in the fall.

Winterfest At The Garden City Bird Sanctuary
By John W. Cronin, President
Garden City Bird Sanctuary, Inc.

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the Board of Directors of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (GCBS) celebrated the 8th annual Winterfest holiday to honor their supporters and volunteers.  Jodi Wood and her son, Donovan Wood, were presented with the “Volunteer of the Year Award” for 2015. Donovan is in 8th grade and was volunteering as part of the requirement to join the National Junior Honor Society. Jodi Wood is retired from the Nassau Co. Police Department and had been in the Army serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  
They were the gate attendants at the Tree Dedication Ceremony in September. Jodi greeted the visitors. Donovan distributed the programs for the event and helped set up the chairs as well as the refreshment table.  Both mother and son were eager to come back to do some cleanup. The pair returned for a few months and had no problem getting “getting their hands dirty.”  They expressed their desire to return and volunteer some more time and talents when we reopen in March. They are the type of volunteers the GCBS welcomes and we want to express our gratitude for all their help.


Annual Dedication Ceremony at Garden City Bird Sanctuary

Caption:  GCBS Vice President Elizabeth Bailey welcomes the crowd.  Photo by  June Fay.

Caption:  Minister George Bashian of the Garden City Community Church offers some reflections.  The Will Sing for Food band is in the background.  Photo by June Fay.

The Garden City Bird Sanctuary held its annual dedication ceremony last Saturday, September 19th.   In this ceremony, the bird sanctuary gratefully recognized families and friends who donated a tree and/or a bench within the last year.  Elizabeth Bailey, Vice President, opened the ceremony by welcoming the donors and their families and friends.    The donors of each item were acknowledged: 
  • A tree and a bench were donated in memory of Courtney Wilczewski by the friends of Linda Norton throughout the Garden City Public Schools.  Ms. Norton is principal of Stewart School.
  • A tree and a bench were donated in memory of Peter Cohn by his parents Paul & Francie, brother Michael, sister Jenny, and friends.
  • A tree was donated in memory of Terry Hensley by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonel Aaron Chapter in Garden City.  Terry Hensley’s mother, June Fay, is a member of that chapter.
  • A tree was donated in memory of Charlie Koester by his family.
  • A tree and a bench were donated in memory of Stephanie and Dolores Scalchunes by William Scalchunes.
  • A tree was donated in honor of Eagle Scout Paul Szenher from his family, friends and Boy Scouts of America Troop 93.
  • A tree was donated in memory of Scoutmaster Christopher P. Miller from the Eagle Scout Project of Paul Szenher.

Andy Morreale and the Will Sing for Food band performed two songs.  (Terry Hensley had been the bass player for this group.)    Minister George Bashian of the Garden City Community Church offered some reflections and provided an opportunity for friends and family members to recount their own personal memories.  To close the ceremony, Minister Bashian read a prayer and the band and attendees sang “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”, a hymn by Natalie Sleeth.


The girls of Daisy Troop 1362 recently visited the Garden City Bird
Sanctuary.  They filled several types of birdfeeders.  Several "standard" feeders and a squirrel-proof feeder were filled with sunflower seed; a finch feeder was filled with nyjer seed; a suet feeder was filled with a suet "cake," and a hummingbird feeder was filled with nectar.  Along with these feeders, a number of homemade feeders were also placed in trees.   The birds of the sanctuary had a feast after the girls went home!

A brief bit of news - with a video link from FIOS TV on the GC Bird Sanctuary

Since you've been following the "news" on the development of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary/Tanners Pond Env Center and Arboretum, you might like to see the video (about 5 minutes) shown on FIOS TV this month about the volunteer work we do.  
Thanks again for your interest and support!  Please remember to "rejoin!" The funds DO make a difference.

 Photo caption: Claire Werner selling items at the Bird Sanctuary Spring Yard Sale.  Photo by Suzie Alvey.

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