"While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement,
it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life." - Theodore Roosevelt
All Programs Held at the Cold Spring Harbor Library Unless Otherwise Noted
Not much was known about Golden Eagles in the eastern US until researches began to capture and track their local and migratory movements. Through slides of the capture project and telemetry maps, in this program Peg DiBenedetto will relate the findings of research efforts, the surprise of unexpected results, and what is now understood to be the natural history of the relatively small population of Eastern Golden Eagles which migrates through New Jersey into New York, and up into Canada each year.
A raptor enthusiast, Peg DiBenedetto works with both bald and golden eagles. As co-chair of the Research Committee of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Peg has assisted with the Eastern Golden Eagle Project and is a member of the Eastern Golden Eagle Working Group. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, and helps to organize the annual Taking Flight: Birding in the Catskills weekend. Peg and her husband Michael also volunteer with a wildlife rehabilitator and research toxicity issues related to lead hunting ammunition.
Amphibians and Reptiles of Long Island: Did you know that Long Island is home to 17 amphibian and 30 reptile species? Dr. Russell Burke will describe the strange biogeography of our local amphibians and reptiles, including those we’ve lost and the surprising number that we’ve gained. He’ll share his fascinating findings and research including the ecology, evolution, and conservation biology of local turtles, lizards, and salamanders. We’ll talk about rattlesnakes and tiger salamanders, terrapins and toads, and much more!
Dr. Burke is a professor at Hofstra University and studies several species: diamondback terrapins at nearby Jamaica Bay, wood turtles in northern New Jersey, and wall lizards on Long Island. The lizards in particular are great models for studies of invasive species. His courses at Hofstra include Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, Conservation Biology and Herpetology.
Before our program at 6pm, we will be hosting a photography fundraising event by Huntington HS student, Alexa Helburn. Your participation will be supporting an aspiring new photographer and HOBAS at the same time. Thank you for your support!
All meetings are free and open to the public!
Meetings begin at 6:45pm for refreshments and
7:30pm for speakers at:
Cold Spring Harbor Library
95 Harbor Road (Route 25A), Cold Spring Harbor.
Please check this website often for updates and changes to the schedule.