"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
HOBAS is on a quest to create wildlife friendly communities! And the best way to start is in your garden. But even the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Your yard is more than a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials – it’s a complex system where all living things are connected. Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects. Kim Eierman explains how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use can make a huge difference in creating a beautiful, healthy ecosystem, filled with life.
Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture consulting and communications company, dedicated to improving our environment by promoting ecological landscaping and the use of native plants. Kim is a Certified Horticulturist with the American Society for Horticultural Science and earned a certificate in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Rutgers Home Gardeners School. Kim is also an Adjunct Professor at Westchester Community College’s “Go Native U” administered by the Native Plant Center. Kim is an active speaker on many ecological gardening topics, presenting to green industry conferences, garden clubs, nature centers, Audubon chapters, beekeepers, and other organizations interested in environmental improvements. Kim also provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients. In addition to being an Environmental Horticulturist, Kim is a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional and a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center.
Registration is a must! 516 695-0763 or email@example.com
As a follow up to James’ 2014 program about community conservation in Madagascar, tonight we will be learning more about the wildlife of Madagascar! For example, did you know that the aye-aye, a bizarre looking creature (lemur actually!) with a long, twig like middle finger, is considered bad luck to the local people? Most people think of lemurs when they think of Madagascar (tonight we will learn just how many species of lemurs there really are!), but have you ever heard of a fossa? What about a tenrec, fanaloka or flying fox?
The island of Madagascar is home to a diverse array of life, more than 90% of which is endemic - only found on Madagascar. The myriad ecosystems and long isolation of the island make it an unparalleled living laboratory to study ecology and evolution. The multitude of co-existing species interact to form complex ecosystems; for example, many tree species depend on the endemic primates- lemurs - to disperse their seeds, and the endemic carnivores - such as the fossa - depend on lemurs as their main food source. These links in the trophic chain are critical to proper ecosystem functioning, and high biodiversity makes ecosystems more resilient to disturbances, such as future climate change and habitat loss. James will discuss some of the species of wildlife that call Madagascar home and how they are connected to each other in this amazing petri dish of biodiversity.
James Herrera is a postdoctoral research fellow and Gerstner Scholar at the American Museum of Natural History studying primate diversity and evolution. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University, NY (2015) after conducting field research in Madagascar to study the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of lemurs, the endemic primates. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Miami, FL (2009) in Anthropology. Originally from Long Island, James has also enjoyed exploring the biodiversity of New York and plans to tie his research interests in Madagascar with local conservation issues in New York.
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.
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.