Wildlife Track & Sign Workshops
Long Island Nature Organization will offer two Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Certification workshops in March: a one-day workshop on Friday, March 21; and a two-day workshop on Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, 2014. Both workshops will be held from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Long Pond Greenbelt in Southampton, NY.
Led by George Leoniak (http://www.leoniaktracking.com/), a widely recognized New England-based animal tracker, and Antioch University New England adjunct faculty member, the workshops will provide participants the opportunity to pursue Track and Sign Certification from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized non-profit that established the international standard for assessing wildlife tracking and sign skills. Participants in the one-day workshop will have the opportunity to test for Level I certification, and those on the two-day workshop can test for the Level I through Level IV certifications
In wildlife research and monitoring, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting data on the presence, range and distribution of animal species. However, there are concerns about the integrity of the data from these types of surveys. In response to these concerns, the CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System was designed to establish reliable, standardized tracking skills.
These workshops are open to naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge.
Participants, regardless of experience, will have the opportunity to learn about reading track and sign, and develop their observation skills, although not everyone is assured of receiving a certificate for reaching Level I, II, III or IV proficiency. The certification process begins at the outset of the workshop and continues through the day. For more information about the program, visit http://trackercertification.com/
Fees for the workshops:
The Friday session is sold out. We invite you to register for Sat-Sun.
$200.00 / person (Saturday and Sunday, 3/22-23/2014, enrollment is limited to 10).
[NOTE: Long Island Nature Organization members are entitled to a 10% discount on fees]
Participants will meet regardless of temperature and weather (rain, snow or shine) at 8:30 AM. Dress accordingly and bring lunch, snacks and drinks. After a brief orientation, we will spend the day in the field. A series of questions will be presented, and the answers discussed. There will be an equal proportion of easy, moderate, and difficult questions asked. The tracks and signs of any species, whether big or small, clear or obscure, may be included. Some examples of questions are: What species made this track? Who’s feeding sign is on this acorn? What gait is this animal using? Who left this scat/dropping?
For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at email@example.com or 631-267-5228.
Or, if you prefer, send a check to Long Island Nature Organization, Inc, 84 Mount Misery Drive, Sag Harbor NY 11963. Be sure to include name, address, phone, and email. Thanks.
The second annual Long Island Natural History Conference took place Friday, December 6 at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The conference comprised sixteen presentations by leading Long Island wildlife biologists and naturalists. The complete list of speakers and topics is below.
Video of all sessions will be posted here soon. (Video of last year's Conference is available here.)
Photos from the Saturday field trip to new Fire Island inlet are available here.
The conference is a project of the Long Island Nature Organization, committed to promoting nature studies on Long Island by sponsoring specific projects, providing opportunities like the conference to increase communication among wildlife researchers, managers, and the general public, and building a web-based clearing house for Long Island Natural History information.
Sessions and speakers:
Coastal Response to Hurricane Sandy at Fire Island, NY
Cheryl Hapke, USGS [more info]
The Development of the Old Inlet Breach and its Impacts on Great South Bay
Charles N. Flagg, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
How Superstorm Sandy Changed Sunken Meadow Creek
Ariana Newell, NYS Parks [more info]
American Eels in New York
Carol Hoffman, NYSDEC [more info]
The Long Island Mammal Survey
Joshua Stiller, NYSDEC [more info]
Suburban Nature and Environmentalism on Post WWII Long Island
Christopher Sellers, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
Status of the Red Knot and Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow on Long Island
Steve Papa, USFWS [more info]
The Moths of Long Island
Hugh McGuinness [more info]
The Land of Oz: Spiders and Chiggers and Ticks, Oh My!
Scott Campbell, SCDHS [more info]
Home Ranges of Eastern Box Turtles at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Jennifer Higbie, Brookhaven National Laboratory [more info]
Monitoring movement and passage of fish in the Carmans River
Heidi N. O’Riordan, Aquatic Biologist, NYSDEC [more info]
Conservation of the Eastern Tiger Salamander on Long Island
Valorie Titus, Wildlife Conservation Society [more info]
The Bats of Long Island
Michael S. Fishman, Barton & Loguidice, P.C. [more info]
History of the Menhaden Fishery in New York
William Wise, SUNY Stony Brook [more info]
Carnivorous Plants of Long Island
Matthew Michael Kaelin [more info]
A Day in the Life of the Carmans River
Melissa Griffiths Parrott, Central Pine Barrens Commission [more info]
Download Abstracts & Bios here (suitable for printing): (.pdf)
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