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The Long Island Natural History Conference – March 20th-21st at Brookhaven National Lab

March 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am - March 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Save The Great South Bay is a proud platinum sponsor of The 2015 Long Island Natural History Conference, to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory Friday March 20th through Saturday March 21st, with a Sunday sealwalk to close things out.

Cost:  $30 per day or $40 for two, with the three field trips also requiring registration, which can be done here at Long Island Nature Organization.

I’d particularly recommend that people hear Prof. Gobler’s talk on Friday, 9:10 AM to kick things off.   Entitled “The Effects of Excessive Nitrogen Loading on Long Island’s Coastal Ecosystems,” it will provide a devastating diagnosis as to why our marshes, bays and ponds are all sick, and what large scale efforts it will require to reverse the situation.

This conference is just further proof that Long Islanders are increasingly standing up for their environment, trying to preserve, restore, revitalize a beautiful part of the world before its last traces disappear.

Long Island Natural History Conference March 20th - 21st Brookhaven National Lab
Long Island Natural History Conference March 20th – 21st Brookhaven National Lab

THIRD ANNUAL LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE

Schedule

Friday  March 20, 2015

8:00 – 9:00      Registration / set up

9:00 – 9:10      Welcoming Remarks

9:10 – 9:50     Effects of excessive nitrogen loading on coastal ecosystems
Dr. Chris Gobler, SUNY Marine & Atmospheric Sciences [more info]

9:50 – 10:30   White-tailed deer and their influence on forest vegetation
Thomas Rawinski, USDA. Forest Service [more info]

10:30 – 10:50  BREAK: Poster Session

10:50 – 11:30  Long Island lichens: an exploration of a hidden world
James Lendemer, New York Botanical Garden [more info]

11:30 – 12:10  Establishing phenology monitoring sites
Kerry Battle, President, CEO Community Greenway [more info]

12:10 – 1:10    LUNCH

1:10 – 1:50      The Role of ctenophores (comb jellies) in Long Island estuaries
Dr. Marianne E. McNamara, Suffolk Community College [more info]

1:50 – 2:20     Novel ecosystems: a threat to wildlife
Dr. Marilyn Jordan, The Nature Conservancy [more info]

2:20 – 2:40     BREAK: Poster Session

2:40 – 3:20     Bald Eagles nesting on Long Island
Michael S. Scheibel, The Nature Conservancy [more info]

3:20 – 4:00     New York’s newest immigrants: coyotes in the metropolitan area
Chris Nagy, Mianus River Gorge Preserve [more info]

4:00 – 4:30     Open Discussion / closing remarks


Saturday  March 21, 2015

8:00 – 9:00      Registration / set up

9:00 – 9:10      Welcoming Remarks

9:10 – 9:50      Harbor seals at Cupsogue Beach: population trends and site fidelity
Dr. Arthur H. Kopelman,SUNY, CRESLI [more info]

9:50 – 10:30    Cybertracker conservation track and sign certification
George Leoniak, Cybertracker Conservation [more info]

10:30 – 10:50  BREAK: Poster Session

10:50 – 11:30  Status of orchids on Long Island
Dr. Eric Lamont, LIBS, and Tom Nelson [more info]

11:30 – 12:10  Management, urbanization, and isolation on grassland biodiversity
Polly Weigand, Suffolk Soil & Water Conservation [more info]

12:10 – 1:10    LUNCH

1:10 – 1:50      Breeding birds of Long Island: past, present, and future
Eric Salzman, Bard member, SOFO [more info]

1:50 – 2:20      Sharks and rays of the New York seascape
Merry Camhi, Director, NY Seascape [more info]

2:20 – 2:40      BREAK: Poster Session

2:40 – 3:20     Coyotes on Long Island: a participatory framework for planning
Dr. Mark Weckel, American Museum of Natural History [more info]

3:20 – 4:00     Falcons on FIRE (Fire Island Raptor Enumerators)
Drew Panko, Trudy Battaly, Fire Island Hawk Watch  [more info]

4:00 – 4:30      Open Discussion / closing remarks

(Read the full release here.)


Sunday March 22 FIELD TRIPS

ALEWIFE SPAWNING RUN
Little Peconic River 10 am – noon

SEAL OBSERVATION WALK
Cupsogue Beach County Park 1 pm – 3 pm

READING WILDLIFE TRACK & SIGN EVALUATION
Manorville area 8:30 am–4:30 pm

Go to the Field Trip page for more information and to register now.

Details

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March 20, 2015 @ 8:00 am
End:
March 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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Website:
http://longislandnature.org/2015_conference/LINHC_2015.shtml

Organizer

Michael Bottini
Phone:
631 267-5228
Website:
http://www.longislandnature.org

Venue

Berkner Hall
Lewis Road
Upton, NY 11973 United States
Phone:
(631) 267-5228
Website:
http://longislandnature.org/2015_conference/LINHC_2015.shtml