2017 LONG ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 24-25. SAVE THE DATE.
Among the speakers and topics we've lined up this year are: Al Breisch (reptiles and amphibians), Tobey Curtis (L.I. as a white shark nursery), Matt Burns (vernal ponds), Chris Paparo (why local waters are worth protecting), Dr. Judith Weis (the salt marsh), Enrico Nardone (restoring river herring), Chart Guthrie (brook trout and rare freshwater fish), Dr. Javier Izquierdo (beachgrass), Dr. John Tanacredi (horseshoe crabs), Louise Harrison (Plum Island), Dr. Jessica Gurevitch (the dwarf pines), and Sixto Portilla (recent fish kills).
Support NYSDEC's proposed "no harvest" rule for terrapins
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 by December 23, 2016 to
or by writing to
Bureau of Wildlife
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.
Save the Date!
Fifth Annual LI Natural History Conference March 24-25, 2017
NEWS: The Plum Island Biodiversity Inventory has been released. You can download a copy here.
2016 LONG ISLAND
NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE
More than three hundred people participated in the fourth annual Conference on March 18 and 19 in the Berkner auditorium at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees for a great event!
Thanks to the folks who filled out our survey! A complete summary of responses is available here: (pdf).
Videos of all sessions are now available here
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