Why Are Birds Important? - by Alexis VanWinkle, Supervising Conservation Steward, Ganondagan State Historic Site
Letchworth State Park is designated by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area (IBA). Look into the ecology of birds in New York and the impact they have on our environment.
Elephants Without Borders - by Mike Landowski, Letchworth State Park
Elephants Without Borders, a non-profit based in Botswana, has a vision to open borders for Africa's wildlife through research and education, and to ensure a prosperous and compatible future between people and wildlife. Join us as Mike Landowski describes his time assisting with their efforts, including tales of collaring elephants and participating in aerial surveys over the Okavango delta.
Skins and Skulls - by Hunter Grosse
Local trapper Hunter Grosse will discuss the process of trapping native mammals and preparing animals for taxidermy. This lecture will also discuss the roles hunting and trapping play in environmental conservation.
Deer Diary - by Gary Lamitina, Letchworth State Park
Enjoy tales of some of the more famous deer from Letchworth State Park. This presentation will get you itching to set out to find some monster bucks yourself!
A Disturbed Ecosystem: The Importance, Ecology, and Restoration of Grasslands in New York by Brigitte Wierzbicki and Kyle Webster, Conservation Stewards, Ganondagan State Historic Site
Grasslands in New York are a diverse and imperiled ecosystem. Some of our most beloved birds and butterflies, plants and fungi inhabit these unique places. Come learn more about the history, ecology and conservation of grasslands in New York and the efforts at Ganondagan State Historic Site to restore this inspiring landscape.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: Ongoing Research and Potential Impacts in Letchworth State Park by Brandyn Balch, SUNY Geneseo Geography Student
Discussion on the current status of the invasion of hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an ecologically damaging aphid, in Letchworth State Park. Areas of focus will be survey methods, ongoing impact research, and recommendations for future management practices.
Are There Mountain Lions in New York? - by Dr. John Van Niel, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College
Join a lively discussion of the mountain lion story in New York. Van Niel will share stories and images that will shed light on this controversial topic. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions.
Rochester Young Birders - by Nicholas Kachala and Robert Buckert
Nick and Robert, members of the Young Birders Club of the Rochester Birding Association, will talk about their experiences as young birders. They will share their own photos from their birding outings, and recount great stories of Muck Races, Big Days and life birds. Great program for kids!
Animal Sounds - by Jim Pomeroy, Biologist
There are many squawks, hisses, chirps and tweets to be heard out in the wild. Biologist Jim Pomeroy will introduce you to some of the "calls of the wild," and reveal what animals make those sounds.
The World of Trout - by Mary Ronan, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
Join Mary Ronan, environmental educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as she explores the world of freshwater invertebrates that make up the intricate ecosystems of our local trout streams and rivers. Discover their unique relationships, complex life cycles, and amazing adaptations for survival.