The first Long Island Natural History Conference
will take place at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory
in the Berkner auditorium
. The two day conference on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, 2012, will feature a dozen presentations by leading Long Island wildlife biologists and naturalists with a keynote presentation by Peter Alden, author of the Audubon Society
's regional field guide series.
Open to the general public, the conference will present and exchange current information on the varied aspects of applied field biology (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial) and natural history of Long Island. It will serve as a premier venue to identify research and management needs, foster friendships and collegial relationships, and encourage a greater region- wide interest in Long Island's natural history by bringing together people with diverse backgrounds.
According to one of the organizers, Mike Bottini
, "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."
He went on to say, "Being an island, having the New York City
metropolitan area located on its western end closest to the mainland, and the island's development patterns all pose many challenges for managing and conserving the island's rich natural resources. My interest in organizing this conference is to enlist the support of the many knowledgeable naturalists that reside here in one or more of our many conservation and monitoring research projects."
The conference is a project of the newly formed Long Island Nature Organization, which is committed to promoting nature studies on Long Island by sponsoring specific projects, providing opportunities like building a web-based clearing house for Long Island Natural History information and the Conference to increase communication.
General admission is $20 and $15 for students. To learn more or register for the conference visit: LongIslandNature.org
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