2023 Long Island Natural History Conference

After a three-year hiatus, the Long Island Natural History Conference is set to return in 2023! 

The event is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 28 at the Suffolk County Environmental Center at the historic Scully Estate in Islip. 


When: Friday, April 28, 2023, 9am-4:30pm

Where: Suffolk County Environmental Center, Scully Estate (550 S. Bay Avenue, Islip, NY 11751)

Fee: $25/individual (sponsorship opportunities available here)

Agenda: The conference will include a combination of full presentations and a series of shorter “conservation updaters.”

Meals: Coffee & Tea provided in the morning (please bring your own reusable mug/water bottle). Food Trucks will be on site to purchase lunch.  


Stephane Perreualt-Naturalist, Greentree Foundation

Tracking the movements, behavior and seasonal diet of the Eastern Coyote in Nassau.

Casey Pendergast-Threatened & Endangered Species Biologist, NYSDEC

Long Island’s overwintering bats, including the results of a winter diet study here.

Nicole Maher-Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Research on the health of Long Island’s salt marshes.

Terrence McNamara-Board Member, H. L. Ferguson Museum, Fishers Island

The flora and fauna of Suffolk’s far eastern outpost: Fishers Island.

Kevin Job-Fisheries Biologist, CT DEEP Diadromous Fish Restoration Program

An examination into the cause of recent river herring declines despite successful fish passage projects.

Arielle Santos-Conservation Scientist, Seatuck Environmental Association

The Long Island terrestrial mammal survey: how to get involved.

Harrison Tobi-Aquaculture & Shellfish Restoration Specialist/Educator, Cornell Cooperative Ext.

Potential solutions to restore an iconic and commercially important Long Island shellfish species: the scallop.

Thank You To Our Sponsors


Group for the East End


Sierra Club



North Fork Audubon Society

Peconic Land Trust

Save the Sound

Save the Great South Bay

South Shore Audubon Society


American Littoral Society


Center for Environmental Education and Discovery

Coastal Protection Technologies

Coastal Steward Long Island

Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island

Dropseed Native Landscapes

Four Harbors Audubon Society

Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt

Friends of Wertheim Wildlife Refuge

Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society

Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Inc.

Long Island Pine Barrens Society

New York Flora Association

North Shore Audubon Society

North Shore Land Alliance

NY Marine Rescue Center

Peconic Bay Keeper

Protozone Interactives

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The Coalition For Hither Woods, Inc.

South Fork Natural History Museum

About the LI Natural History Conference

The Long Island Natural History Conference is the largest regional forum for the exchange of information about Long Island’s natural history. The annual event brings together Long Island’s leading naturalists to exchange current information, identifies research and management needs, and encourages collaborations and a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history.

The Conference was established by the Long Island Nature Organization (LINO) in 2012 to support education and research about the natural history of Long Island. The conference resulted from the vision and dedication of Mike Bottini, Tim Green, John Turner and the late James Monaco.

The conference was founded with the following goals:

  • Introduce people doing field research, natural resource management, and conservation projects on Long Island
  • Exchange current information on the natural history of Long Island
  • Identify research and management needs
  • Foster friendships and collegial relationships
  • Encourage a greater region-wide interest in Long Island’s natural history.

Seatuck assumed management of the Long Island Natural History Conference following its merger with LINO in 2020.

Video Library

Thanks to the Brookhaven National Laboratory, the majority of presentations from the first eight conferences (2012-2019) have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  A full listing of these recordings (more than 90 in all!) can be found here. You can find presentations by browsing either the SPEAKER INDEX or the TOPIC INDEX below.