The second annual Long Island Natural History Conference will take place Friday, December 6 from 9 am to 5 pm in Berkner auditorium at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY. The conference will comprise sixteen presentations by leading Long Island wildlife biologists and naturalists on topics including the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. The complete list of speakers and topics is below.
Weather permitting, two Field Trips will follow on Saturday, December 7 (see below).
The conference is open to the general public and promises to be the largest regional forum for researchers, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists to present and exchange current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology and natural history of Long Island. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds.
The conference is a project of the Long Island Nature Organization, committed to promoting nature studies on Long Island by sponsoring specific projects, providing opportunities like the conference to increase communication among wildlife researchers, managers, and the general public, and building a web-based clearing house for Long Island Natural History information.
You can register the day of the conference with cash, check, or credit card.
Directions to Brookhaven National Laboratory: Take LI Expressway (Rt. 495) to Exit 68 north (Wm. Floyd Parkway) and drive north approximately 1.7 miles. Turn right into the Laboratory’s main entrance. Stop at the booth to check in. Valid photo identification is required. Proceed to the light, turn left onto Upton Road, right onto Brookhaven Ave., and Berkner Hall Auditorium is on the left. Free parking is available adjacent to Berkner Hall. Remember to leave some extra time to check in at the security area with your photo ID. Map.
Here are the confirmed sessions and speakers:
Coastal Response to Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, NY
Cheryl Hapke, USGS [more info]
The Development of the Old Inlet Breach and its Impacts on Great South Bay
Charles N. Flagg, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
How Superstorm Sandy Changed Sunken Meadow Creek
Ariana Newell, NYS Parks [more info]
American Eels in New York
Carol Hoffman, NYSDEC [more info]
The Long Island Mammal Survey
Joshua Stiller, NYSDEC [more info]
Suburban Nature and Environmentalism on Post WWII Long Island
Christopher Sellers, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
Status of the Red Knot and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow on Long Island
Steve Papa, USFWS [more info]
The Moths of Long Island
Hugh McGuinness [more info]
The Land of Oz: Spiders and Chiggers and Ticks, Oh My!
Scott Campbell, SCDHS [more info]
Home Ranges of Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jennifer Higbie, Brookhaven National Laboratory [more info]
Monitoring movement and passage of fish in the Carmans River
Heidi N. O’Riordan, Aquatic Biologist, NYSDEC [more info]
Conservation of the Eastern Tiger Salamander on Long Island
Valorie Titus, Wildlife Conservation Society [more info]
The Bats of Long Island
Michael S. Fishman, Barton & Loguidice, P.C. [more info]
History of the Menhaden Fishery in New York
William Wise, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
Carnivorous Plants of Long Island
Matthew Michael Kaelin [more info]
A Day in the Life of the Carmans River
Melissa Griffiths Parrott, Central Pine Barrens Commission [more info]
A wine and cheese reception will conclude the conference.
Download Abstracts & Bios here (suitable for printing): (.pdf)
SATURDAY FIELD TRIPS:
Superstorm Sandy Impact on the Fire Island National Seashore
December 7, 2013 10:30am – 2:30pm
The National Park Service will host a guided field trip to the new “Old Inlet” opened by Superstorm Sandy in the Wilderness area of Fire Island National Seashore. Participants will meet at the Wilderness Visitor Center just west of Smith Point County Park and hike through the barrier island’s unique ecosystems to the breach. Bring drinking water, sun and tick protection and a bagged lunch if desired. Prepare to hike about four miles. Limited to the first 15 people. Rain date: Sunday. E-mail email@example.com to register.
More info here.
Impacts of Sandy on Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
December 7, 2013 10am - noon
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.
Leader: Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian
To register, contact Don Riepe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-318-9344.
More info here.
Would you also like to become a Charter Member of the Long Island Nature Organization, eligible for discounts on publications, nature tours, and other benefits? If so, please go here to join us.
Long Island Nature Organization, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation.