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The 2018 Long Island Natural History Conference is scheduled for March 23-24 at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Hope to see you there!
Registration is now open here.

Call for student posters here!

More than three hundred people participated in the fifth annual Conference in March in the Berkner auditorium at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees for a great event!

Videos of all previous conferences are available here.

Results of the survey of the fifth annual conference are available here.

Support NYSDEC's proposed "no harvest" rule for terrapins


Female Diamondback Terrapin at Sammy's Beach, East Hampton (Juliana Duryea photo).

Long Island's Diamondback Terrapins need your help!
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has posted options for several changes to wildlife regulations in 2017 on its website and is inviting the public to review and provide comments. The DEC is inviting comments on several issues, including amending 6 NYCRR Part 3 to close the season on diamondback terrapins.
This is an important conservation issue that was presented at the first Long Island Natural History Conference by Hofstra Professor and Terrapin researcher Russ Burke, and that LINO Board Member John Turner has been involved in for some years.
Please show your support for this potential change in the NYSDEC wildlife regulations by submitting comments to wildlife@dec.ny.gov
or by writing to
       Bureau of Wildlife
       625 Broadway
       Albany, NY 12233-4754

Russ Burke provided the following key talking points for your submission:

• Turtles in general are very poor candidates for sustainable harvest. They depend on high adult survivorship, long life, and repeated reproductive opportunities. Loss of even a small number of adult female terrapins can quickly cause dramatic population declines.

• The only long-term New York study is in Jamaica Bay and that initially large population has decreased by 60% in the last decade.

• Terrapins are important predators of crustaceans, crabs, mollusks & other invertebrates. Terrapin predation has been shown to dramatically reduce the abundance of periwinkles; without predators, periwinkles can devastate salt marshes.

• Terrapin populations were nearly wiped out in the 1880s-1930s when they were harvested commercially. They recovered somewhat, but have been further harmed by marsh loss. Given the rapid decline of many of New York’s salt marshes, terrapins do not need the additional impact of harvests.

NEWS: The Plum Island Biodiversity Inventory has been released. You can download a copy here.

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