The Coyotes are Coming!

Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Presents:

The Coyotes are Coming! with Mike Bottini

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Cold Spring Harbor Library: 95 Harbor Road (Rt 25A), Cold Spring Harbor

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 and every Canadian province. Long Island is now one of the few large land masses in the continental U.S. without a breeding population of coyotes. But wildlife biologists think that will change soon.

A breeding population of coyotes has been established in the Bronx near Long Island’s western end and on Fishers Island (technically the Town of Southold, Suffolk County), near Long Island’s eastern end, for some years. Individual coyotes have been residing in Queens since 2009, and on the south fork of Suffolk County since 2013.

Assuming that Long Island will have a breeding population of coyotes in the near future, this presents a unique opportunity. This presentation will discuss the goals of the Long Island Coyote Study Group, as well as some interesting facts about the extremely adaptable creature.

Mike Bottini is a veteran naturalist, outdoor educator, and environmental consultant. After completing graduate studies in wildlife ecology at the University of British Columbia, Mike worked for fourteen years at the Group for the South Fork, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. He has taught field ecology, environmental  science, and natural history courses at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, and CUNY, has published three books, and is an award-winning columnist. Mike’s wildlife research studies have included elk, spotted and tiger salamanders, spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters. At St. Lawrence, he designed and taught Winter Field Ecology, and has slept in igloos and snow caves in the mountains of New England, Colorado, Scotland, Labrador and Baffin Island. He continues to introduce people to the outdoors through his field naturalist classes, nature walks, and paddling trips.

All meetings are free and open to the public!

Please check Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon’s website for updates.

River Otters on Long Island

River otter at Mashomack, Shelter Island
A river otter photographed with a wildlife camera at Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, NY as part of the Long Island River Otter Project.

Saturday, March 14, 9-11 AM 

at the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island

Otters can be found at Mashomack! Join Mike Bottini, wildlife biologist, for a talk and short field trip to learn about the natural history of the river otter, its history on Long Island and in NY and the current research efforts on behalf of this fascinating mammal.

For more information on the Long Island River Otter Project, visit Mike Bottini’s website here. 

otter entrance
Mike Bottini measures the entrance hole to a nesting den used by a river otter in Southold, NY.

Long Island Natural History Conference 2015 – Register Now

long island natural history conference

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.

Register for the conference here and field trips here. Field trips this year include an alewife spawning run program, seal observation walk and reading wildlife track and sign evaluation.

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