Fourth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference













Overview and Status of the NYS DEC Colonial Water Bird Program: Where it has been, Where it is, and Where it is headed

Chip Hamilton, Senior Wildlife Biologist, NYSDEC Region One

Like sands through the hourglass, so is Long Island’s Colonial and Coastal Nesting monitoring and management program. We will look at the origins of the program and how it has evolved into the standard for New York State when it comes to coastal management of our nesting shore birds. Status updates on species such as Piping Plovers, Least and Common Terns as well as other colonial nesters will be displayed. Program and species challenges will be highlighted as well as how technology may be able to help us improve the program.

Frederick B. Hamilton IV, “Chip,” is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region One Wildlife office. He received his B.S. from SUNY Cobleskill before starting work as a plover steward for Suffolk County Park in 2004. After a season there, he accepted a Fish and Wildlife Technician position with the Department in 2005 where he was involved with the management of Long Island’s coastal nesting shorebirds. Later in 2005 Chip was recruited to work with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to construct and manage a shellfish hatchery in the Town of Northport. After several successful years with Cornell Chip came back to the Department in 2007 as the Bird Conservation Area Biologist in the Region One Wildlife office, where he continues to work today as the project lead on a variety of different¬† programs that affect regional wildlife. He currently resides in Ridge with his beautiful wife Kelly and their two sons, Freddy and Hunter. Email: