Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report found that 314 North American bird species could lose more than half of their current ranges by 2080 due to global warming. To protect birds from the worst impacts of climate change, you can make a difference through simple actions at home, in your community, and politically at large.
Zach Slavin, Program Manager of Climate Watch, will be delivering the keynote address on how citizen and community science helps us understand how birds are responding in a changing climate. Hear from regional experts on steps Long Island can take to further reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Featured speakers and breakout sessions will cover citizen science, native plant ordinances, advancing clean energy solutions, mitigating sea level rise and more.
The schedule for our conference on Saturday, October 28th is below. Please register using the link if you plan to join us:
Audubon’s Long Island Climate Conference:
9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9:15 a.m. (Keynote Address) Birds & Climate Change: From Conservation to Political Action (Zachary Slavin & Chloe Koseff, National Audubon Society)
10:30 a.m. (Breakout 1) Become a Climate Watch Coordinator: Citizen Science in a Warming World (Zachary Slavin, National Audubon Society) – OR – Plants, Birds and Climate Change: How Suburban Habitat Gardens Can Help Bridge the Climate Gap (Joy Cirigliano, Four Harbors Audubon)
11:30 a.m. Vegan Lunch & Networking
12:15 p.m. (Plenary Panel) Climate Change and the Future of Long Island – various speakers from breakouts.
1:15 p.m. (Breakout 2) Coastal Resilience: Development, Water Quality and Restoration Efforts (Kevin McAllister Defend H2O, Allison Branco The Nature Conservancy, NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Audubon Representative) – OR – Engaging Municipalities in Local Advocacy (Lynn Arthur Southampton Sustainability Committee, Kelly Knutson Audubon New York and Ryan Madden LIPC)
2:15 p.m. (Breakout 3) Renewable Energy: Community Solar & Wind Projects (Professor Marjaneh Issapour at Farmingdale State College, Joseph Schroeder Suffolk County Legislature and Jim Brown South Shore Audubon) – OR – Plum Island and the Importance of IBAs ( John Turner Seatuck Environmental Association)
3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks