Sixth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference
















Nature Observation, Journaling, and Citizen Science Workshop

Callie Velmachos, artist, naturalist and Cybertracker level III reading track & sign certification.

Every one is a citizen scientist.  How effective we are depends on our observation skills, understanding what is important to record and our efficiency in recording what we see. A walk around the conference building grounds will demonstrate that there is never  “nothing to see”.  For this segment of the workshop all you need is your eyes.  As we encounter mysteries on this ordinary patch of ground, journaling is the next step.  Bring a camera, a small notebook, a six inch ruler or other object for scale (this is essential) and a writing/sketching tool.  We will practice basic sketching, basic notation, and how to take photographs that will support your observations. For the 80 minute session expect to spend at least a few minutes outside, no matter the weather. Expect to be outside the whole time unless it is really wet. Please bring a journal, large enough to sketch in, pencil, pen, camera, and a 6” ruler or other object for scale. All of these things are essential. Optional are a magnifying glass, binoculars, and scotch tape.

After attending Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design, Callie Velmachos switched gears and went to the Swedish Institute of Massage for a license in massage therapy. Both of these disciplines have helped her become, in PhD. and master tracker Mark Elbroch's words, “a trained observer.” For over thirty years she has pursued a childhood passion to learn the language of the woods, studying botany, reading track and sign, botanical illustration, and other aspects of the naturalist's craft. She is living proof that a keen sense of awareness and observation skills plus a passionate curiosity can make credible contributions to local naturalist lore. No degree required. Callie has led tracking walks, taught sketching in the field, and led classes in reading track and sign for the Group for the East End, the Peconic Land Trust, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, and South Fork Natural History Museum. Callie is certified at level 3 in reading track and sign in the Cybertracker evaluation system.