MONTHLY PROGRAMS & MEETINGS on Wednesdays at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Puffin Way, Teaneck. Business Meeting at 7:30pm. Programs begin at 8pm. All programs are free and open to the public.
May 17 (Wed.) – “Conservation of Urban Biodiversity in the Meadowlands” by Erik Kiviat, PhD, Executive Director, Hudsonia Ltd.
Urban greenspaces support diverse wildlife and plants, including many species of conservation concern. The New Jersey Meadowlands (broadly defined, from the Oradell Dam to Newark Bay) have been intensively altered by human activities yet have biodiversity of regional and national significance. Despite legacies of contamination and hydrological alteration, and the rapid, unpredictable habitat changes that are germane to an urban-industrial area, the Meadowlands biota persists as an icon of adaptability and a model for research. Beginning in 1999, Kiviat and his colleagues have surveyed and analyzed Meadowlands biology in an effort to understand urban biodiversity and protect rare and vulnerable species where they occur. Threats to wildlife and plants include commercial and industrial development, expansion of recreation facilities, flood control projects, and – surprisingly – wetland mitigation and ecological restoration. Our challenge in urban areas, and everywhere else, is to understand biodiversity and the landscape so that we can make long-lasting decisions that meet human needs and protect the ecosystem services that we and other species depend on. The best starting point for these endeavors is to observe what is here now.
Erik Kiviat, Ph.D., is co- founder (1982) and Executive Director, Hudsonia Ltd. Formerly Professor of Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Bard College, he has 45 years of experience with natural history and environmental issues in the Northeast and elsewhere, including the New Jersey Meadowlands. He has authored publications on wetland ecology, conservation science, rare species, non-native plants, northeastern natural history and human ecology.
June 21 (Wed.) – Colonial Nesting Birds – Our Coastal Gems by Pete Bacinski. This program offers a look at NJ’s colonial nesting herons, egrets, terns and gulls, some of our most glorious birds, featuring images taken by some of America’s best nature photographers. Get acquainted with this marvelous groups of birds in their finest attire (breeding) and learn about their way of life right here in NJ.
Pete Bacinski is well-known to the birding world as a photographer, author and lecturer. He has observed and identified over 700 species of birds in North America. He was a member of the first team to record 200 species in one day in NJ as part of the World Series of Birding competition in 1984. The team included the late Roger Tory Peterson, David Sibley, Pete Dunne and Bill Boyle. He has extensive experience with NJ Audubon as an Associate Naturalist, Field Trip Leader, Workshop Leader and Nature Tour Leader. While with NJ Audubon, he established and directed the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory and directed the All Things Birds Program for North Jersey. Bacinski is now retired and resides in New Jersey.
Location: Teaneck Creek Conservancy
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Chapter business meeting: 7:30 PM
Program presentation: 8:00 PM
Refreshments available prior to meeting
If you have suggestions or would like to help with future programs, please contact Karen Riede: email@example.com