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The Long Island Nature Organization was established in 2012 to support education and research about the natural history of Long Island. Projects include:

creating a web-based clearing house for information about Long Island’s flora and fauna to be shared by Long Island naturalists, both professional and amateur

• publishing guides to Long Island’s natural world

• promoting Long Island nature studies by sponsoring specific research projects

• hosting an annual conference devoted to Long Island Natural History.

The first conference took place on November 16, 2012. Two hundred naturalists—amateur and professional—attended. Videos of all 13 sessions are now available here, providing a lasting educational resource. The second annual conference took place December 6, 2013. Attendance increased by 50%. Videos of all 16 sessions are available here. Due to the strong level of interest, the third annual conference (March 20-21, 2015) was expanded to two days of presentations, plus a third day of field trips.

The fourth annual conference is scheduled for March 19-20, 2016.

LINO is incorporated in New York State as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Our IRS tax-exempt ID is 31954. All contributions are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.

Long Island is the largest island in the continental U.S. and a unique biogeographical region located at the northern limits of many southern species of flora and fauna and at the southern limits of many northern species. These features contribute to rich species diversity: some of the island’s preserved areas contain the highest number of rare species per area in New York State.

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About Us

Mike Bottini
Mike Bottini is a veteran naturalist, outdoor educator, and environmental consultant. Mike worked for fourteen years at the Group for the South Fork, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. He has taught field ecology, environmental science, and natural history courses at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, and CUNY, has published three books, and is an award-winning columnist. Mike's wildlife research studies have included elk, spotted and tiger salamanders, spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters. He continues to introduce people to the outdoors through his field naturalist classes, nature walks, and paddling trips. Mike also serves on the board of SPOKESPEOPLE of Eastern Long Island, a cycling advocacy organization. He is also active in the Plum Island preservation project.

James Monaco
James Monaco is a writer and publisher who has been active in the electronic publishing and internet businesses for thirty years. He is the author or editor of more than thirteen books about film and media which have been published in fourteen languages, including the best-selling How To Read a Film. He founded Baseline, the online source for film and television professionals, in 1982. By 2006 the company had become a division of The New York Times Company. He founded UNET, an internet pioneer, in 1992. The company was sold to News Corp two years later. Fifteen years ago he founded Harbor Electronic Publishing to focus on books of local interest to Long Island and on innovative nature studies.

John Turner
Retired Director of the Division of Environmental Protection for the Town of Brookhaven where he was instrumental in preserving much open space, John Turner also teaches at Stony Brook University. He was a co-founder of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society and recipient of Newsday’s “Everyday Hero” award for his long-standing commitment to environmental protection. He is a prolific author whose articles have appeared in numerous magazines devoted to natural history. In 2011 he founded Alula Birding and Natural History Tours whose mission is “to inspire people to deepen their appreciation of, connection with, and commitment toward the natural world by sharing its many wonders, and by working to safeguard these aspects of nature in the places we visit.”

See also:

MikeBottini.com
See especially Mike’s Otter Study and Turtle Study Reports.

Alulatrips.com
John’s birding tour company.

Peconic.org
Currently our central site for local natural history news.

HEPdigital.com
Our publishing partner.