October 8, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Stephen Schott: "Nonindigenous Macroalgae Species (NIMS) in Long Island Waters."
The potential costs and impacts of introduced marine macroalgae, or seaweeds, are largely overlooked in the invasive species realm. This talk will cover the ecology, impacts, and potential management of the 12 nonindigenous seaweeds that have either been confirmed in LI waters, or pose an imminent threat of introduction. Steve has a B.S. in Botany and an M.S. in Biology, both from the University of Rhode Island, with a focus on marine plants and ecology. He has been working for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program for over 13 years in habitat monitoring and restoration.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

November 12, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Daniel Atha: "The Flora of Ice Pond Conservation Area."
This talk will briefly introduce The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and the work it does to document and conserve the World's plant diversity. In what will be the first published flora of any area in Putnam County, New York, it will briefly introduce the diversity of habitats found at Ice Pond and how this diversity supports a remarkable number of species. Within an area of less than one square mile (about 640 acres), Daniel has documented over 540 species of flowering plants, including three endangered, two threatened and four rare state-listed species. One hundred seventy-nine species are new records for Putnam County, including one new record for New York State. Daniel Atha is a research associate at NYBG. He has conducted botanical field work in all 50 states of the US as well as such far-flung places as Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, and several states of the former Soviet Union. His work is focused on floristics, taxonomy, and applied botany. He has published a catalog of the plants of Belize, and, recently, he has discovered two new species of knotweed for North America, one of which was found in New York City. He has published two species new to science, and is currently working on a monograph of a section of Acalypha (the copper-leaf genus) of Central America. Daniel has collected plant material for Merck, Pfizer, the National Cancer Institute, L’Oreal, and many other organizations. He has taught anatomy and systematic botany courses in NYBG's School of Professional Horticulture, and he is an associate editor of the Garden's systematic botany journal, Brittonia.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich


December 10, 2013* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Members' Night
Members are  welcome to bring photos, stories, specimens, and tales of peculiar sightings of favorite plants.  A great opportunity to show what you have found while exploring on Long Island or elsewhere. Please call Rich Kelly (516-354-6506) in advance to advise as to the approximate number of images/slides that you would like to show and preferred medium of presentation. Thanks.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

Reminder: there will be no meetings in January or February.

March 11, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Mike Feder: "Interesting Plants from Around the World, Part 2."
In his current reincarnated human form, Mike has been complementing his previous under water existence by transversing the globe and taking note of its interesting flora. The lecture will focus on some interesting plants Mike has found along the way, as well as a few that he hasnīt. Mike is the LIBS Field Trips Chair, an active member of the Torrey Botanical Society, a NYC Parks Department employee, and a true world traveler who has been to more countries than there are U.S. states.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

April 8, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Andy Greller: "Natural History of Romania, Including Birds of the Danube Delta"
This eastern European country, with landscapes ranging from the beautiful Carpathian Mountains to the extensive marshes of the Danube Delta, has a recorded history going back to Roman times.  It was part of the Roman Empire known as Dacia.  Its folk traditions encompass a number of cultures, all with colorful costumes and many with colorful characters, such as Vlad the Impaler (Dracula to us). We take particular note of the variety of natural vegetation and the abundant bird and animal life. Andy is Vice President of LIBS, Past President of the Torrey Botanical Society, Professor Emeritus in Biology at Queens College— CUNY, and also our senior world traveler.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

May 13, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Marilyn Jordan: "Novel Ecosystems"
Novel ecosystems exhibit new combinations of species resulting from human actions such as prior cultivation, nitrogen addition, introduction of invasive species, pollution, overharvesting, and land disturbance. Opinions are divided on whether these altered ecosystems are worthless weed patches or valuable habitats. We will examine the implications of novel ecosystems for genetic and species diversity, trophic linkages, and ecosystem function, and the need to accommodate differing values and world views of stakeholders and policy makers. Marilyn got her B.A. from Queens College and a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Rutgers University. She retired in January 2014 as Senior Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy after a career studying invasive plant species, fire ecology, nutrient cycling, and more.
Location: Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences, Earth and Space Science Building, Gil Hanson Room (Room 123), Stony Brook University, Stony Brook

June 10, 2014* Tuesday, 5:30 PM (Please note early start time)
Annual Barbecue
The annual barbecue, featuring Chef Eric's made-to-order hot dogs and hamburgers. Salads, deviled eggs, desserts, etc. gladly accepted. The traditional location—on the green behind the Muttontown Preserve meeting house.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

September 9, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
Shari Romar: "The Urban Oasis: Queens Botanical Garden."
With origins dating back to the 1939 New York World’s Fair (now celebrating its 75th Anniversary), Queens Botanical Garden continues to enchant visitors.  But QBG isn’t just a pretty face—the Garden offers innovative educational programs and demonstrates environmental stewardship practices throughout its 39 acres in bustling Flushing.  Shari is the New Media Manager at Queens Botanical Garden.  She is an avid birder, nature photographer, and freelance writer specializing in gardening and nature topics.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

October 14, 2014* Tuesday, 7:30 PM
James Lendemer: "Long Island Lichens: From Distant Past To Uncertain Future."
Lichens are fungi that are found in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the globe. From the highest mountains to the driest deserts, they often form conspicuous displays on rocks, trees, and soil where they are noticed by scientists, naturalists, and the public alike. This presentation will explore the natural history of the lichens of the New York City metropolitan region, focusing on Long Island. It will follow the development of the local biota from the distant past, to our modern present, and into the uncertainties of the future. Dr. James Lendemer is a post-doctoral researcher at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. He and his colleagues in the Bronx are lichenologists whose research focuses on assessing lichen biodiversity, its patterns, threats, and conservation needs in North America and abroad.
Location: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich

* Refreshments and informal talk begin at 7:30.
Formal meeting starts at 8:00 PM.
Directions to Muttontown: 516-354-6506
Directions to Stony Brook: 516-354-6506