|Holiday Greetings NYSMEANs,
The annual holiday party at Tackapausha Museum was a festive event with a positive energy amongst NYSMEAns. Tackapausha Museum was filled with interesting exhibits and live animals mostly representing local Long Island wildlife. Downstairs there was a reptile room full of interesting non-native species. Thanks to everyone who attended the holiday lecture and party!
Holiday lecture presentation by John Turner. Credit: Joel Turet
The speaker, John Turner, presented a lecture and slideshow on Plum Island. He talked about the history of Plum Island from early inhabitants to a lighthouse built in 1827. It was then privately owned until the US Government purchased it. The US created Fort Terry on the island which during WWII was used as an anti-submarine base. John shared that the USDA established the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in the 1950s to actively study hoof and mouth disease as well as, other diseases. Currently, the US Department of Homeland Security runs the facilities and under law could be sold to private investors. John talked about the Preserve Plum Island Coalition (PPIC) which is actively pursuing the island to be a National Wildlife Refuge.
Other NYSMEA News...
- We have a NYSMEA board meeting planned for Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance offices at 217 Water Street, Suite 300, New York, NY from 11:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. Please join us! Register online at nysmea.wildapricot.org
- NYSMEA Seal and Seabird cruise (date to be determined)
- SCONYC conference on April 16, 2016 at Stuyvesant High School
- US Navy Sea Perch underwater Robotics Competition on April 23, 2016
- It’s My Estuary Day on May 14, 2016
Save the dates!
- The NMEA conference is in Orlando, FL from June 25 - July 1, 2016. Go to FMSEA.ORG/NMEA16 for more information.
- The 2016 NYSMEA Annual Conference will be held at Stony Brook University’s Southampton campus in late September, 2016.
Happy and healthy new year to everyone!