Calendar

Mar
22
Fri
Long Island Natural History Conference
Mar 22 – Mar 23 all-day

LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE

MARCH 22 – 23, 2019

at

BROOKHAVEN NATIONAL LABORATORY

SCHEDULE of PRESENTATIONS

Register & Sponsor at www.longislandnature.org

Friday  March 22, 2019

8:00 – 9:00    Registration / set up

9:00 – 9:10    Welcoming Remarks:  Tim Green, Environmental Compliance Manager, Brookhaven National Lab

9:10 – 9:50     Regional Status of the Eastern Wild Turkey:  Frederick “Chip” Hamilton, NYSDEC

9:50 – 10:30    Odonate Biodiversity and Rarities on Long Island:  Erin White, Zoologist for the New York Natural Heritage Program and coordinator for the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey

10:30 – 10:50    BREAK

10:50 – 11:30    Barn Owls of Jamaica Bay:  Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and Director of the Northeast Chapter: American Littoral Society

11:30 – 12:10    Living on the Edge in the Face of Climate Change: An Overview of Coastal Processes, Interventions and Adaptation:  Kevin McAllister, Founder and President of Defend H2O

12:10 – 1:30     LUNCH & NETWORKING [BYO lunch or purchase lunch at the BNL cafeteria]

1:30 – 2:10       Climate Change and Global Warming Impacts on Marine Fish Distribution:  Janet Nye, Assistant Professor, SoMAS, Stony Brook University

2:10 – 2:50     Jamaica Bay Marshes as Archives of Past Vegetation, Sediment and Pollution History in New York City:  Dorothy M. Peteet, Senior Research Scientist, NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies & Adjunct Professor, Columbia University

2:50 – 3:35      Conservation Updates

2:50 – 3:05    Pine Barrens Research: Polly Weigand, Central Pine Barrens Commission

3:05 – 3:20    White Sharks: Tobey Curtis, SOFO Shark Research and Education Program

3:20 – 3:35    Southern Pine Beetle, Gypsy Moth and Oak Wilt: John Wernet, NYSDEC

3:35 – 3:50    Menhaden: Carl Lobue, Senior Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

3:50 – 4:00    Open Discussion / closing remarks

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Saturday  March 23, 2019

8:00 – 9:00     Registration / set up

9:00 – 9:10     Welcoming Remarks: Tim Green, Environmental Compliance Manager, Brookhaven National Laboratory

9:10 – 9:50     Great Ferns I Have Known: Andrew M. Greller, Queens College

9:50 – 10:30    The Pageantry of the Monarch Butterfly:  John E. Potente, naturalist and instructor, Greentree Foundation’s Teachers’ Ecology Workshop

10:30 – 10:50   BREAK / POSTER SESSION

10:50 – 11:30   Coastal Adaptation: Harnessing the Power of Nature to Protect People:  Alison Branco, Coastal Director for The Nature Conservancy, Long Island.

11:30 – 12:10    Encounters with the Raccoon and the Virginia Opossum:  Dell R. Cullum, Hampton Wildlife Rescue & Rehab / Imagination Nature

12:10 – 1:30     LUNCH: [BYO lunch or purchase lunch at the BNL cafeteria] & NETWORKING

12:10 – 1:30     Envision Plum Island’s Conservation District:  Louise Harrison, Save the Sound
[NOTE: This is a working lunch session open to the general public to brainstorm ideas for managing Plum Island’s natural areas.]

1:30 – 2:10      Sharing the Shore with Coastal Birds:  Amanda Pachomski, New York Audubon

2:10 – 2:50     The Comeback of the Osprey: Success Story or Trash Bird:  Aaron Virgin, Vice-president of Group for the East End

2:50 – 3:50     Conservation Updates

2:50 – 3:05     Northern Long-eared Bats: Samantha Hoff (NYSDEC)

3:05 – 3:20     Fish Passages: Enrico Nardone (Seatuck) & Byron Young (ELI Audubon)

3:20 – 3:35     Orchid Colony Restoration: Julie Sakellariadis (Garden Club of East Hampton)

3:35 – 3:50    Diamondback Terrapins: John Turner (Seatuck)

3:50 – 4:00    Open Discussion / closing remarks

Museum Closed for the Long Island Natural History Conference: ALL DAY
Mar 22 all-day
Mar
23
Sat
Birding with Frank: Pond & Bay Waterfowl: Adults/Teens
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am

Photo Credit: Marlin Harms

Walk Leader: Frank Quevedo, Executive Director, South Fork Natural History Museum

Southampton’s Dune Road is the perfect place to see a variety of freshwater and saltwater birds that prefer the calmer waters of the South Fork ponds and bays—rather than the ocean’s fury—this time of year. Mergansers, Grebes, Canvasbacks, and Gadwalls will be on our list to see, as well as many other species. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds of the eastern United States (if you have one). This program is for adults and teens; however, children ages 10 and older may attend. A shuttle bus will be available from SOFO to the birding location. Limited space is available on the bus; please register as soon as possible for this program if you would like a seat on the bus.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Design the Perfect Fish—Fish Adaptations: Children ages 6-8
*New STEAM based programming
Mar 23 @ 10:30 am

Program Leader: Xylia Serafy, South Fork Natural History Museum Environmental Educator

Fish are specially adapted to surviving in their environment. Some have rounded bodies and some are flat. There are tails that are big and wide and ones that are pointy; some fish have huge shiny scales and some have none. See why fish are so special in so many ways. Create your own fishy creature with funny-shaped fins and tail, crazy mouths, and googly eyes. Make your fish as special or strange as you want. Limit 15 children. Material fee $3.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

New York’s Great White Shark Nursery—Research Advances & Future Plans: Adult/Teen
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm

Crew Tagging First Juvenile Great White Shark in North Atlantic

Program Presenter: Dr. Tobey Curtis, Lead Collaborating Scientist for the South Fork Natural History Museum Shark Research and Education Program

Over the last few years, members of SOFO’s Shark Research and Education Program have been making great strides in studying the unique population of juvenile great white sharks found off Long Island’s south shore. From being the first to satellite tag a white shark pup in the Atlantic, through a successful collaboration with OCEARCH, and now continuing to break new ground in New York waters, this program is on the cutting edge of white shark science. Please join us as shark expert Dr. Tobey Curtis reviews the progress to date on the study of the white shark nursery area in our backyard, and learn about the exciting new technology that will give unprecedented insights into the behavior, ecology, and conservation of these young sharks.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Blue-spotted Salamander Search: Family/Children ages 6 and older
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm

Photo Credit: Greg Schechter

Walk Leader: Xylia Serafy and Miles Todaro, SOFO Environmental Educators

Montauk’s vernal ponds are some of the few places in the world where the Blue-spotted Salamander, in its purebred form, can be found. Join SOFO on this nighttime expedition as we search for this unique native species. Please bring a flashlight and wear boots, as late winter rains will make the ground soggy. This walk will take place only if there have been heavy rains.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Mar
24
Sun
COME DRAW WITH US!—Art Workshop: Adults/Teens 15+
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am

Drawing by Susan Rubin

Workshop Leader: Muriel Appelbaum. Muriel is a working artist with an MFA in Studio Art from Pratt Institute in NYC. She mostly draws from nature—landscapes, people, and live animals. See her artwork at www.murielappelbaum.com.

Do you think you’d enjoy drawing, but can’t seem to find the perfect time to do it? Come draw with us. If you’ve drawn before, come hone your skills in a comfortable and relaxed place and, if drawing is new for you, this is an enjoyable way to get started in an encouraging setting. Bring a 9”x12” drawing pad with a hard back for support and two drawing implements—for example, a very soft (dark) pencil (4B is good), conté crayon, or ballpoint pen.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Museum Closing at 2pm for Private Birthday Party
Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm
Mar
31
Sun
The Language of Trees—Let’s Create Poet-Tree: Children ages 8+
*New STEAM based programming
Mar 31 @ 10:30 am

 

Program Leader: Melanie Meade, South Fork Natural History Museum Education Coordinator and Environmental Educator

Poetry is a way to express our ideas about our environment. For example: what words do you think of when you look at a tree? Can you use words to make a picture that says something about the importance of trees to wildlife? To humans? To you? We’ll write some tree poems of our own to describe a tree near home or in a park or preserve.

Advance reservations are required for all events. For more information, reservations, and directions to meeting places, please call: (631) 537-9735.

Apr
3
Wed
Museum Closed for Maintenance Day
Apr 3 all-day