Community Science LI 2021
A monthly educational webinar series
supporting local wildlife conservation
Community Science LI is a monthly educational webinar series that highlights various community science opportunities around Long Island, and the importance of those projects in supporting local wildlife conservation efforts. Webinars coincide with the survey season for each monitoring program.
The series will span from January to July 2021, covering projects such as Otter Watch, River Herring Survey, Batmap Long Island, Horseshoe Crab monitoring, the Unified Water Study, Terrapin Watch, and Coyote Tracker.
Community Science LI is hosted by Seatuck together with our partners at the Long Island Sound Study and Sea Grant New York, with additional support from the Peconic Estuary Partnership and the South Shore Estuary Reserve.
RIVER OTTERS – 5 to 6 pm
Mike Bottini, Wildlife Biologist for Seatuck Environmental Association, will discuss the history of otters on Long Island and their current status. Arielle Santos, Seatuck’s Policy Program Coordinator, will review what community science participants can do to help monitor their recolonization.
RIVER HERRING & EELS – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Learn why these unique fish are so important and how to participate in the Annual Long Island River Herring and American Eel Survey. Experts from Seatuck and the estuary programs will identify places around the island where survey help is needed.
BATS – 3 to 4 pm
Casey Pendergast and Samantha Hoff both from NYSDEC will cover bat ecology and natural history on Long Island. Emily Hall of Seatuck Environmental Association will discuss what community scientists can do to help organizations like Seatuck learn more about bat populations and distributions.
HORSESHOE CRABS – 2 to 3 pm
Catherine Fede (NYSDEC) and Matthew Sclafani (Cornell Cooperative) discuss the importance of horseshoe crabs and ongoing monitoring efforts. SBU’s Justin Bopp discusses how monitoring data is used to better understand juvenile horseshoe crab populations.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING – 1:30 to 2:30 pm
In this webinar, Peter Linderoth, Save the Sound’s Director of Water Quality, will discuss the Unified Water Study, the work of volunteers, and how those data are used to better understand Long Island Sound water quality issues. Katie O’Brien-Clayton, an Environmental Analyst with CTDEEP, will describe how the Unified Water Study’s data are used in state water quality assessments in Connecticut.
DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS – 2 to 3 pm
Seatuck’s John Turner will explore the natural history of terrapins, then Nancy Grant from Friends of Flax Pond and Seatuck’s Arielle Santos will discuss how community scientists can get involved in helping safeguard critical nesting and foraging habitat for this iconic species.
EASTERN COYOTES – 2 to 3 pm
Chris Nagy Ph.D., Director of Research and Education for Mianus River Gorge, and Co-founder of Gotham Coyote will discuss the ecology, biology, and colonization of Long Island by coyotes. Mike Bottini, Wildlife Biologist, will discuss the work Seatuck and others are doing to study coyotes in the Long Island Coyote Working Group. Arielle Santos, Policy Program Coordinator, also of Seatuck, will review how community scientists can report sightings of coyotes so we can better understand coyote migration, distributions, and populations on Long Island.