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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon works to protect wildlife and preserve habitat through conservation action, education, public advocacy and responsible and ethical nature exploration.

Upcoming Programs, Meetings and Events

"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

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

A Bird's Eye View of Climate Change

Climate change could threaten half of North American birds by the end of the century, according to research from the National Audubon Society. That estimate is based on the 314 bird species, out of 588 studied, that could lose more of the area they currently occupy, because of a warming planet.

Nearly 200 of these threatened species may find hospitable conditions elsewhere, but for 126 species there will be nowhere else to go. Shifts in climate could affect the range of grasslands, forests, and other bird habitats.

Join Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon tonight to learn more about the study, as well as Audubon’s Climate Initiative, the organizational response to this threat.  The audience will learn what steps they can take to address the climate change threat in their backyards, communities, in Important Bird Areas near their homes and in the state houses.

Lynsy Smithson-Stanley, joined Audubon in 2015 after three years with Climate Nexus, a nonprofit focused on climate change communication, where she directed media strategy and help execute strategic messaging about climate impacts. As deputy director of the climate initiative, her responsibilities include: leading strategic communications around Audubon's climate-related science and new climate initiative; assisting state offices, centers and chapter leaders design and execute local climate plans and accompanying climate-specific communication strategies; working with content, grassroots and policy teams to maximize visibility and applicability of Audubon's new science.

In September 2014, a Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon contingent was proud to join 400,000 other concerned citizens in the greatest climate change march of our time, The March for Climate Change. Join us tonight to learn more about this significant threat to the state of our birds, and what steps we can take to address the issue of climate change.

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OCTOBER

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Unhappy Feet: The Impact of Climate Change on Penguins

Professor Alan Clark has researched the ecology of multiple penguin species, including Magellanic, Little Blue, and African Penguins. In this presentation, Dr. Clark will provide background information on the natural history of penguins as well as briefly introduce the general topic of climate change. The primary focus of his talk will be how climate change is  impacting penguin species worldwide and help explain the complexity of how climate change and penguin populations intersect.

J. Alan Clark, Ph.D., J.D. is an Associate Professor of Biology at Fordham University and Program Coordinator for Fordham’s Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology. Alan is also Adjust Faculty at Fordham’s School of Law. In addition to undergraduate degrees in both religion and music education, Alan has graduate degrees in Natural Resource Policy, Law, and Biology. Alan is primarily interested in behavioral ecology and conservation biology. He studies the role of vocalizations in individual identification, assessment of male quality, social facilitation, and breeding behavior in birds. Alan is also keenly interested in how law, policy, and science interact regarding issues facing threatened species. Alan’s current research projects include the effects of light and noise pollution on birds and bats migrating at night through major urban areas, the impact of “green roofs” on bird and invertebrate populations, and mate choice in Little Blue and African Penguins. Of primary interest to Alan is the role of conservation in urban ecology.

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NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations

In 2009, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon was one of two founding members of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition,  which was formed to save Plum Island, situated off the North Fork of Long Island, from being sold to the highest bidder.  This beautiful island, an Audubon designated Important Bird Area, is a critical stopover site and breeding ground used by approximately 220 species, including endangered and threatened bird species. This virtual tour of Plum Island uses new imagery by photographer Robert Lorentz to illustrate the uniqueness and beauty of this important wildlife habitat.  While efforts to protect Plum Island has been gaining momentum, the fight is far from over!

Chris Cryder joined Save the Sound in May 2007 and is responsible for coordinating  various outreach activities for CFE and Save the Sound, as well as implementing green infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Save the Sound, Chris was a member of a citizen activist group, the Alliance for Sound area Planning (ASaP), which partnered with CFE in the fight to protect "The Preserve," a 1000-acre forest and wetland area in Old Saybrook. He studied biology as an undergraduate, and has a master's in health services administration.

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DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Falconry: An Ancient But Not Forgotten Sport

Falconry is the sport of hunting with the use of a trained bird of prey. This ancient sport dates back nearly 4,000 years ago. Greatly popular in Europe during medieval times, falconry was a favorite past time and a status symbol of the upper classes, and the practice maintained its popularity until somewhere around the French Revolution. Some famous falconers in history include Empress Catherine of Russian, Mary, Queen of Scots (proving that falconry was just as much a ladies sport as a man’s!), King Henry VIII, Pope Leo X and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen.
 
Tonight Chris Paparo will discuss the history, techniques, types of birds used and other topics as well as the process to become a falconer. At the end of the talk, attendees will meet Chris’ red-tailed hawk, Emmy.
 
Born and raised on Long Island (New York), Chris Paparo has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton and currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University. In addition to freelance writing for several fishing and wildlife related publications, Paparo currently writes monthly columns for On The Water Magazine and the Northforker. Although is work tends to focus on marine life, everything in the natural world is fair game.

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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.