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Coyotes are Coming!
Help track their colonization of Long Island
The coyote (Canis latrans) has greatly expanded its range in North America over the last century, and it is now found in every state except Hawaii as well as every Canadian province. A breeding population of coyotes has been established in the Bronx for some years, and individual coyotes have been residing in Queens since 2009, and on the south fork since 2013.
Long Island is now one of the few large land masses in the continental U.S. without a breeding population of coyotes. Assuming that situation will change soon, this presents a unique opportunity to gather pre-coyote colonization data for Long Island and to document the ecological impacts of the coyote’s arrival here.
Recognizing this, a number of interested wildlife biologists have formed a Long Island Coyote Study Group to gather information, and we are offering this workshop to help train people to identify coyotes, their tracks and their sign.
Our first Workshops are scheduled for Saturday, January 10, and Sunday, January 11. Learn more here. Enrollment is limited; register now.
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LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE: NEW & EXPANDED FORMAT FOR 2015
Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2015 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Field Trips on Sunday, March 22, 2015
The third Long Island Natural History Conference will take place Friday and Saturday, March 20-21, 2015 in the Berkner auditorium at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY.
Realizing that conference attendance increased 75% over the first two years, the steering committee decided to modify the conference format. This new format will accommodate naturalists and educators who are unable to attend a weekday conference. To further encourage teachers to attend, we have made arrangements for educators to receive professional development points for attending the conference. Our 2015 conference will include a poster session to encourage participation among students doing research on Long Island’s flora and fauna. (Read the full release here.)
Conference Video now available here
Thanks to the 97 participants who took the time to give us valuable feedback. The comments are extensive and interesting. You can find a summary here (pdf).
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