Due to the COVID-19 pandemia, our events will be cancelled until undetermined date. Stay safe.
February 8, 2020 – Extreme Weather and Climate!
Kevin Reed, Stony Brook University. The climate system consists of complex interactions between its various components, including the atmosphere and ocean, which impact our daily lives. The next century will see unprecedented changes to the climate system with direct consequences for society. We will explore how scientists study these potential changes and what it means for those living on Long Island!
Photo credit: Hurricane Maria approaches Puerto Rico. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Joshua Stevens, from NASA-NOAA GOES data. https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2648/increasing-resiliency-to-extreme-weather/
December 14, 2019 – Seashells by the Seashore
Steve Tettelbach, Cornell Cooperative Extension. Seashells, which are inhabited by the mollusks that make them, display an amazing diversity of form and coloration. See shells from Long Island and from around the world. Learn where mollusks live, what they eat, how they make their shells and how they grow. Do not miss the great opportunity to meet and chat with one of the Bay scallop specialist in the country!
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)