Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:00pm to Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:00pm
7pm February 1-22. Free. The Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership (SRBP) will present a free public lecture series, Secrets of the Shawangunks, providing information on conservation topics and biodiversity on the Ridge. The lectures, which will take place at SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster, are open to the public and free of charge. Cancellations due to winter weather will be announced on many area radio stations. These lectures are co-sponsored by SUNY Ulster and the SUNY New Paltz Biology Department.
The lecture on Thursday, February 22nd will be held at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus, Vanderlyn Hall, College Lounge, Room 203, and all other lectures will be held at the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center Room 102.
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Click here for directions and maps to SUNY New Paltz. No parking permit is required at SUNY New Paltz if you park after 6:30 p.m.
February 1st, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.– Rattlesnakes on the Ridge, with Dr. Ed McGowan, Director of Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park. Fascinating to some, loathsome to others, the timber rattlesnake is a true survivor in the face of ongoing persecution. To many, it is also a symbol of the wildness of the Shawangunk Ridge, worthy of tolerance and protection. Ed will share his experiences, research, and knowledge of this charismatic and rare reptile. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
February 8th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.– Reviving the American Chestnut, with Dr. Allison Oakes, Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Plant Science and Biotechnology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Once one of the most common trees in eastern American forests, the American Chestnut population was decimated by blight in the early 20th Century. The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center conducts research aimed at creating a blight-resistant American Chestnut to re-introduce to American forests. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
February 15th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.– Citizen Science in the Hudson Valley, with Lindsay Charlop, Environmental Cooperative Post-Baccalaureate at the Vassar Barns and the Environmental Monitoring and Management Alliance (EMMA), Natalie Feldsine, Research Collection and Citizen Science Coordinator at Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center,and Sarah Mount, Science Educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Hudson Valley has a thriving community of citizen scientists participating in programs throughout the region. Learn about some of these exciting opportunities to contribute to research that is informing the scientific community locally, regionally, and internationally. This lecture will take place at SUNY New Paltz.
February 22nd, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.– Raptors on the Ridge, with ornithologist Zach Smith. Join a discussion of the majestic raptors in and around the Shawangunk Ridge, with a special emphasis on the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) population in Ulster County. This lecture will take place at SUNY Ulster.