Second Annual Long Island Natural History Conference



Life History of Long Island Furbearers and New Citizen Science Opportunities
Josh Stiller

ABSTRACT: This presentation will discuss the life history and management of Long Island furbearer species, as well as new efforts using Citizen Science to document their current distribution. Information from the general public, including naturalists, trappers and hunters, is vital to help biologists better manage furbearer species throughout the region. The data collected will help guide future data collection efforts and possibly management decisions. This presentation will also discuss the current status of coyotes in Suffolk and Nassau counties, human-coyotes interactions in a suburban landscape, and ways for the general public to mitigate possible conflicts with canids.

Josh Stiller is a wildlife biologist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation on Long Island.  He earned his Master of Science in Wildlife Management from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.  Prior to working for the DEC, he worked throughout many areas of the United States, from North Dakota to Delaware.  Some research he has been involved with include, the efficacy of predator management and the corresponding effect on ground-nesting waterfowl and the migration chronology of Common Mergansers in Southeastern New York inferred from satellite telemetry.  After graduate school and many temporary positions, Josh moved on to his current position managing game mammals on Long Island.