11/7/2014: Conservation Cafe on Citizen Science

FIND OUT ABOUT “CITIZEN SCIENCE” AT THE NEXT CONSERVATION CAFE

Learn how you can participate in scientific research happening in your own backyard and help make a positive impact on the environment during People Power: How Citizen Science Is Changing the Way Scientists Work, to be presented during the Conservation Café on Friday, November 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Citizen science is professionally-led research conducted in tandem with community-based volunteers. Citizen scientists learn valuable skills in order to collect and submit data, share experiences, and spread essential information, all while observing nature with a critical lens. In turn, these large, open volunteer networks often allow researchers to accomplish tasks that would be too expensive or time-consuming to accomplish through other means.

Speakers for the program include:

°         Dr. John Rowden, Research and Grants Manager at National Audubon Society, who will discuss the large-scale citizen science projects with which he has been involved;

 °         Dr. Chris Nagy, Director of Research and Land Management at Mianus River Gorge, who will share how local citizen science initiatives help maintain and restore native communities and ecosystem function across the region;

 °         Dr. Linda Rohleder, Director of Land Stewardship at New York-New Jersey Trails Conference, will speak about her recent efforts leading the citizen science-driven Invasive Strike Force.  

 

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentations. Additionally, a printed listing of local and regional citizen science projects will be distributed.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Admission is free.

To receive free parking at the County Center lot, you must pre-register for the program by 5 p.m. on November 6 at: https://coccitizenscience.eventbrite.com; or evelyn@westchesterlandtrust.org; or call (914) 234-6992 ext. 22.

Conservation Café provides a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Sponsors are Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust.

The Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY 10606.

Research Assitantship Program – Grant Proposal Deadline Extended to June 1

We’ve extended the deadline for 2014′s RAP applications to June 1. 

The RAP offers 3-years of funding for thesis research to graduate students investigating applied ecology in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years.

More info is available here and the application is here.  Please email Chris Nagy at research@mianus.org if you have any questions.

Lecture: “The New NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard,” April 22nd

Come celebrate Earth Day and help kick off our Birds and Bees Wildlife Needs event series on Tuesday, April 22:

Dr. Chris Nagy will be giving a lecture entitled – “The New NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard.” Dr. Nagy will focus on the connectedness of animals, plants, and humans while highlighting the role that both preserves and private lands play in protecting the environment and our quality of life. Light refreshments will be served at 7:00, lecture begins at 7:30pm. Bedford Historic Hall, (608 Old Post Road, Bedford).

This talk is part of the Birds and Bees: Wildlife Needs event series brought to you by Bedford Audubon Society, Mianus River Gorge, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy and Westchester Land Trust.

About the lecturer: Dr. Nagy, Director of Science and Land Management at the Mianus River Gorge, is an ecologist whose research focuses on Eastern screech owls and coyotes in New York City, the effects and management of white-tailed deer, and protecting the biodiversity in suburban forests.

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Research Assistantship Program Grants – Now Accepting Applications for 2014

We’re now accepting applications for our Research Assistantship Program.  The RAP offers 3-years of funding for thesis research to graduate students investigating applied ecology in urban and suburban ecosystems. RAP students are awarded a grant of $5,000/yr for two (Master’s) or three (Doctoral) years.

The application deadline is May 1st.  More info is available here and the application is here.  Please email Chris Nagy at research@mianus.org if you have any questions.

UPDATE: Forests and Clean Water Lectures

The Bedford 2020: Forests and Clean Water lectures have been rescheduled for 7pm March 6th, at St. Mathew’s Church Parish House.

MRG Executive Director, Rod Christie, and TNC Director of Ecological Management in New York, Troy Weldy, will be giving talks on land and water protection in our area. 

Topics will include:

  • Significance of Forests to Life as We Know It
  • Forest Regeneration: Impact of Deer Browsing and Invasive Species
  • Strategies for Forest Regeneration and Water
  • Protection by Homeowners and Sanctuaries

For further info and to register please visit bedford2020.org

St. Mathew’s address: 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford, NY 10506

Forests and Clean Water Event, Thurs. 2/13 @ John Jay Homestead

Bedford 2020 is hosting a joint lecture on forest management and water protection this month.  MRG Executive Director, Rod Christie, and TNC Director of Ecological Management in New York, Troy Weldy, will be giving talks on land and water protection in our area. 

Topics will include:

  • Significance of Forests to Life as We Know It
  • Forest Regeneration: Impact of Deer Browsing and Invasive Species
  • Strategies for Forest Regeneration and Water
  • Protection by Homeowners and Sanctuaries

The event will be held on Thursday, February 13th at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY.  There is no ticket charge, but registration is required.

For further info and to register please visit bedford2020.org

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2014 College Intership in Suburban Ecology (CISE) applications now being accepted

The application period for our 2014 College Intership in Suburban Ecology (CISE) program has begun. 

The CISE program offers summer or semester internships to college students and recent graduates who are interested in learning about the unique challenges facing urban/suburban natural resource managers. Through a variety of research and land management projects, interns are trained in the skills needed to pursue a successful career in the environmental sciences. College interns work individually and collaboratively with RAP students, and also serve as additional mentors to WTP students.

More info and the application form can be found here.  Applications are due March 14, 2014.  Email research@mianus.org or call Chris Nagy at 914 234 3455 if you have questions.

Conservation Cafe presents: From Garbage to Black GOLD: Realizing the Value of Food Waste

When:       Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, 8:30-10:30 am

Where:      Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

 Program Presenters:

 Moderator:  Braeden Cohen, Greenburgh Nature Center Composting/Sustainability Specialist & Educator:

Scope & expense of food waste problem in Westchester; composting as profitable solution to food waste; basic mechanics of composting food along with yard organics.

 Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Dep’t of Crop & Soil Sciences:

Economics of food waste composting; case studies of food waste composting operations in New York State.

 Terry Laibach, NYS Dep’t of Environmental Conservation Region III Recycling Specialist: 

NYS-DEC requirements for food waste composting in New York;  examples of food waste composting facilities currently in operation or in planning stages in New York State.

Sarah Groat, Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture, Manager, Soil, Recycling, Compost Operations

How Stone Barns turns Garbage To Gold as part of both their mission and business operations.

 

Who Should Attend:

Municipal officials, DPW officials, school facility managers, grocery store associations, restaurateurs, homeowners, the agricultural community, gardening enthusiasts, organizations that have high food waste disposal costs and those concerned about waste.

 

Registration:  Registration at 8:30 a.m.   

Program begins at 8:45 am.  This is a free program.

 

Sponsors:       Westchester County Parks, Friends of Westchester County Parks, Pace University, Grassroots Environmental Education, Teatown Lake Reservation, the Greenburgh Nature Center, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Mianus River Gorge and Westchester Land Trust.

 

Location:        Greenburgh Public Library

                         300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

                         (914) 721-8200

                         Go to www.greenburghlibrary.org

MRGP Leading Effort to Purchase 20-Acres in Twin Lakes

$400,000 Remains to be Raised Before December 31st

Twin Lakes ForestOnly two months remain to raise the funds needed to purchase 20 acres of ecologically sensitive land in Twin Lakes. To date, Mianus River Gorge Preserve (MRGP), along with generous contributions from private donors, The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Bedford, has raised $3.85 million towards the total purchase price of $4.25 million. An additional $400,000 remains to be raised before the December 31st deadline.

Twin Lakes Project

The 20-acre land purchase (in orange) combined with existing conservation easements (crosshatching) and general protection areas makes the total land protected almost 60 acres and protects the majority of the Pine Brook watershed.

Protecting the 72-acre Twin Lakes property in southeast Bedford NY from development has been a conservation priority for MRGP for over 25 years. Acquiring the entire property ultimately proved to be too expensive, so MRGP has focused its efforts on protecting the most unique and ecologically important land. This 20 acres of continuous forest contains beautiful upland forests, rare flora and fauna and critical watershed lands leading down to the lake. Combined with an existing conservation easement (which MRGP helped secure) and the general protection areas, this land purchase preserves over 60% of the original Twin Lakes forests. An additional 19.5 acres of adjacent land under conservation easement to MRGP on the other “twin” lake across the road makes the total land protected almost 60 acres and protects the majority of the watershed for Pine Brook.

If you would like to help save Twin Lakes, please contact Rod Christie at rchristie@mianus.org or at 914-234-3455.
You may also make a secure online donation through PayPal.

Thank you for helping to make our long-term project of protecting Twin Lakes a reality!

Conservation Cafe on Caring for Our Forests – March 23rd

Conservation Cafe

Friday, March 23, 8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

With all the recent harsh weather wreaking havoc on our local tree population, what does it take to protect the trees that are left behind? Find out how you can help protect and preserve the trees in your local community.

The program will feature:

  • Rick Harper, from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester, who will discuss the importance of urban forests and their value to the ecosystem
  • Mark Gilliland, from the Village of Irvington’s Green Policy Board and Chairman of the Tree Board, who will discuss the results of the recent tree inventory and present analysis of the data collected during the study;
  • Frank DiMarco, Commissioner of Tuckahoe Department of Public Works, who will discuss the town’s newly revised tree ordinance.

A panel discussion with a question-and-answer session will follow with:

  • Brendan Murphy, Forester with the Watershed Agricultural Council, who will discuss helpful information about choosing and planting native trees for reforestation efforts on public land as well as in your own backyard;
  • Allan Douglas, Field Operations Planner for Con Edison, will give a brief overview of their Vegetation Management Program and respond to any inquiries.

Pre-registration is requested. Register online or by calling (914) 422.4053.

Cafe co-sponsored by Mianus River Gorge Preserve

The mission of Mianus River Gorge, an independent, not-for-profit organization, is to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region.
Mianus River Gorge, 167 Mianus River Road, Bedford, New York 10506     914-234-3455     info@mianus.org
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