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THIRD ANNUAL LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE


FIELD TRIPS: Sunday March 22

(Field Trips are open only to Conference attendees.)

ALEWIFE SPAWNING RUN
Little Peconic River 10 am – noon
Join retired NYSDEC Fisheries Biologist Byron Young for a first-hand look at the amazing Alewife, a type of river herring that plays a crucial ecological role in both freshwater and saltwater environments. The program will discuss the current status of fish passage on Long Island and the Peconic River alewife run. Several Alewives will be caught to collect biological data and learn key identification features.
Meet at the Suffolk County parking lot on County Road 51 under the solar panels.
We will cross CR 51 to access the Woodhull dam on the Little Peconic River, where Alewives congregate on the downstream side of the dam.
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SEAL OBSERVATION WALK
Cupsogue Beach County Park 1 pm – 3 pm
Join Dr. Artie Kopelman of CRESLI on a walk to learn about, observe, and photograph seals at Cupsogue Beach ParK. CRESLI seal walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park (at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach) will depart from area near the fence at the western end of the parking lot. The walks are approximately 1.3 miles round trip and take about 2 hours.  Meeting times are 15 minutes prior to departure.  These walks are suitable for children. 
Reservations are required
and must be made at http://www.cresli.org/cresli/reservations/seal_walk_reservations.html
or via sign-up sheet at the Long Island Natural History Conference CRESLI table.Suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child under 18.

READING WILDLIFE TRACK & SIGN EVALUATION
Manorville area 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Instructor: George Leoniak   www.leoniaktracking.com
This field trip is an evaluation led by George Leoniak (one of the six CyberTracker evaluators in North America) provides participants the opportunity to pursue Track and Sign Level I Certification from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized non-profit that established the international standard for assessing wildlife tracking and sign skills. 
In wildlife research and monitoring, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting data on the presence, range, and distribution of animal species. However, there are concerns about the integrity of the data from these types of surveys. In response to these concerns, the CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System was designed to establish reliable, standardized tracking skills.
This field trip is open to naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers, citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge. Over 50 naturalists took this popular program on Long Island in spring 2014, including well-known environmentalist Dr. Betty Borowsky, Associate Professor of Biology at Nassau Community College, who had this to say about the program: "I enjoyed the course a very great deal. It opened my eyes to the richness of information that tracks and signs can reveal--if you know how to read them. I look forward to learning more."

Fee: $130 ($117 for LINO members).
For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at mike@mikebottini.com or 631-267-5228.
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