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Long Island natural history conference expected to be region's largest

A two-day conference on Long Island natural history

A two-day conference on Long Island natural history at the Brookhaven National Laboratory will include a field trip to the Old Inlet on Fire Island. (Feb. 21, 2013) (Credit: Doug Kuntz)

A two-day conference on Long Island natural history -- expected to be the biggest regional forum of its kind this year -- will be held Dec. 6 and 7 at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Naturalists and scientists are expected to make 16 presentations on a wide range of topics, from the impact of superstorm Sandy to survey results for the American eel, bats and carnivorous plants of Long Island, and discussions of conservation issues impacting the Eastern Box Turtle and the Eastern Tiger Salamander.

The conference is sponsored by the Long Island Nature Organization, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and more than 20 environmental organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, the Sierra Club, North Fork Audubon and the South Fork Natural History Museum.

Two field trips are also planned -- the Old Inlet on Fire Island and to the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

General admission to the two-day conference is $25.

For more information, go to the conference website at longislandnature.org or call Melissa Griffiths Parrott, education and outreach coordinator, Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, at 631-655-4688.
 

Tags: Upton , Brookhaven National Laboratory , Nature Conservancy , the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission , the Sierra Club , North Fork Audubon , the South Fork Natural History Museum , Long Island Nature Organization

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