November 16, 2019 – Choosing Fish Wisely
Maureen Murphy, Stony Brook University. The story of mercury in the environment is complex. But the story is also fascinating in that mercury is a naturally occurring element. The story includes intriguing science on how mercury enters into the ecosystem and how it is transformed to more toxic forms by microorganisms, how it biomagnifies in the food chain, how that translates to levels of methylmercury in different fish species, and ultimately how it ends up inside of us. Meet with the project coordinator of The Gelfond Fund for Mercury Research & Outreach and learn about mercury cycles.
Photo credit: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2014/10/sick-from-sushi/index.htm
October 19, 2019
Maria Brown, Stony Brook University. Bat Week is celebrated around the world from October 24-31, 2019. Meet with a local scientist and attend the Pre-Bat Week Event with information for families on how they can host a “Bat Week” event or make a fun Halloween party with a bat theme! Available for everyone will be the Bat Week Cookbook, Facts about bats, Information on forest-dwelling bats vs. cave-dwelling bats, information on White-nose Syndrome, Information on hosting a bat festival, and more! Come and learn about how to build your own bat houses with plans and hear what a bat call is like!
DENNIS DEMELLO © WCS (https://www.wcs.org/wildcards/posts/happy-bat-week)
August 17, 2019 – Strange But True: Shellfish Love Sweets Too!
Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa, Stony Brook University. Everybody love sweets so do oysters, clams and mussels. Join us as we meet with a local scientist to learn how these organisms feed but also how they select their food from a complex plankton mix with no eyes, no hands, no nose and no taste buds. Meet us from noon to 3pm on August 17th.
Amazing day a the LI Aquarium with Nils and PhD Student Ian Dwyer.
Nils and Ian connected sensors to a fiddler crab and a blue mussel so visitors can observed animal heartbeats directly on a screen like doctors will do! Isn’t it fascinating?!
Norah helped the little ones coloring shellfish and took some funny pictures.