Program & Workshop Leader: Eleni Nikolopoulos, South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) Nature Educator
Join us for the second program of this 3 part series, designed for all ages, to learn about the environmental and human impacts on some of Long Island’s endangered and threatened species──Piping Plovers and Least Terns──both species integral to our coastal ecosystems. You don’t have to have attended the first program, or plan to attend the third one on August 12, to enjoy this one.
Piping Plovers and Least Terns are an integral part of our coastal ecosystems. While we may not realize it, these small shorebirds have a huge impact on our beaches. During the summer months you may notice fencing on our local beaches and coastal stewards roaming the beaches. We will explain why this fencing is important and what you can do to help out! After a short talk, we’ll head out and observe some Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and possibly even their chicks or fledglings! We’ll search for the pair of Piping Plovers we began monitoring earlier in July and record our findings in our journal (and if you missed the first one we will make a journal and start monitoring the birds at this stage). At this point in the season we will, hopefully, see some cute Piping Plover chicks as well as some Least Tern chicks. At the end of this program, children will receive some cool Piping Plover games and activities to take home to remind them of their experience!