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This presentation will discuss forms of rarity, the status of rare plants in the state and current protections in place for these species.
Dr. Ryan Rebozo is the Director of Conservation Science for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA). He joined the PPA in 2015 after completing his Ph.D. in ecology from Drexel University. Prior to attending Drexel, Dr. Rebozo completed his Bachelors degree at Rutgers University in Ecology and Natural Resources with a minor in Entomology and Economic Zoology. He is an ecologist with experience conducting research in the Pinelands focused on population ecology, plant animal interactions, radio telemetry, fire ecology, soil ecology, and foraging strategies. Dr. Rebozo chairs the Partnerships for New Jersey Plant conservation, is a member of the Barnegat Bay Partnership Science and Technical Advisory Committee, and is active on the executive committees of the Philadelphia Botanical club, Burlington County Soil Conservation District and the New Jersey Native Plant Society.
Native ash trees are under assault from diseases and insect pests. This presentation covers all the potential threats to the species. Fungal and bacterial diseases will be covered as well as several insect pests. Plant Health Management strategies will be discussed with a strong emphasis on the primary threat, the Emerald Ash Borer.
Richard Buckley is the Director of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. He received his BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware and an MS in Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University. He is also an instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School and in the Rutgers Department of Pathology and Plant Science. He teaches courses in diseases and insect pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants.
What, exactly, is a mushroom? What are the relationships between mushrooms (fungi) and the forest ecosystem? How does one go about identifying the multitude of mushrooms we see nearly every day? How can I tell if a mushroom is harmful or beneficial? What are some of the things that I need to know if I want to collect wild mushrooms for my dinner table?
Some of the answers to these questions will be presented by Jim Barg, who is a past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association and currently works as a professional edible mushroom forager. Jim has been enthusiastically involved in mushroom collecting, identification. and photography for nearly 20 years.
Kristen Meistrell is Stewardship Project Director—South Region for New Jersey Audubon. She has been with New Jersey Audubon since 2012, working closely with the Stewardship team to create, restore, and manage habitat. She oversees stewardship activities in Southern New Jersey and works with private and public landowners to develop and implement conservation plans that focus on a variety of habitats.
New Jersey is home to the bog turtle, a small, secretive reptile that lives in open freshwater wetlands. This state-endangered, federally-threatened species is an important part of our state’s natural heritage. Habitat loss, along with illegal collection and habitat degradation, is one of the bog turtle’s biggest threats and reason for decline. Since 2013, New Jersey Audubon has been working with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor a small bog turtle population in Salem County while also working to restore and enhance the wetland. Because of this unique habitat and population, New Jersey Audubon is working to expand and restore the wetland while creating native grasslands and pollinator habitat. Be sure to come out to learn more about New Jersey Audubon’s efforts to improve and restore habitat for New Jersey’s rarest turtle!
When, in the mid 1990s, technological advances permitted us to build radio transmitters capable of sending signals to satellites orbiting the earth and small enough to place on an Osprey, windows into their lives away from the nest were thrown wide open. When they migrate, do they follow the same path each year? Do they winter in the same locations? Where in the migratory cycle does most mortality occur? Are there bottlenecks where conservation intervention might help the species? How do young birds find their way to South America? Is the timing and relative importance of different sources of mortality the same for adults as it is for juveniles on their first migration south?
Rob Bierregaard has been tracking Ospreys in the eastern U.S. since 2000. He has deployed satellite transmitters on 57 juvenile and 47 adult Ospreys. His studies—the first to collect a significant body of data on juvenile migration—have led to surprising discoveries about the dispersal and migration of naïve Ospreys as they leave their natal territories and explore the world around them. His experiences inspired him to write a children’s book, Belle’s Journey, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky, scheduled for release in 2018 (Charlesbridge Publishing).
Rob’s passion in the natural world has always been birds of prey. His Ph.D. research addressed the importance of competition in the ecological structure of raptor communities. From 1995 to 2011, Rob taught Ornithology and Ecology in the Biology Department of UNC-Charlotte. Previously (1978-1988), Rob was the original field director of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil. Rob and his graduate students carried out a 10-year study of the flourishing Barred Owl populations around Charlotte, NC. He now focuses his research on the ecology and migration of Ospreys in eastern North America. He has deployed satellite or cell-tower transmitters on 57 juvenile and 47 adult Ospreys and spends most of his time analyzing the data from his “flock” of Ospreys as they move back and forth between North and South America. He is now a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
This presentation is an overview of the important roles that lichens and fungi play in the environment. The three main types of fungi will be explained, with a focus on mycorrhizal associations with plants. (No identification of individual species). Discover the many ways that people and animals use lichens. Gain a better appreciation for the beneficial and amazing relationships of the fungi kingdom.
Jennifer Bulava is the Lead Park Naturalist for the Burlington County Park System. Jennifer is responsible for planning and conducting nature programs and all other aspects of environmental education for the public within the County Parks System. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Conservation and Ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University.
John Parke is Stewardship Project Director-North Jersey for New Jersey Audubon. He has been with New Jersey Audubon since 2005 helping to enroll a multitude of farmers, landowners, and corporate entities into various conservation incentive programs. John also designs and assists with implementation of numerous habitat restoration projects in the northwestern part of the state on both private and public lands. In 2007 John’s habitat restoration plan design for the Verizon Corporate Campus in Basking Ridge, NJ earned Verizon the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for the Healthy Ecosystem Category and in 2011 John’s work with Troy Ettel on NJ Audubon’s S.A.V.E. initiative earned NJ Audubon the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for the Land Conservation Category. John’s work on projects involving vernal pool restoration, storm-water runoff and phytoremediation of nutrients in critical habitat earned the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Ecological Excellence Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017, as well as, the NJ Section American Water Resources Association’s Excellence in Water Resources Management Award in 2017. John received his B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Geoscience from Ramapo State College of New Jersey.
Don Donnelly is Stewardship Project Director-Forester for New Jersey Audubon, and oversees the forestry initiatives being undertaken by NJAS throughout the state, with a focus on ecological forestry at a landscape scale. Don’s work has included all aspects of wildlife and natural resource habitat improvements, including traditional forest inventory measurements, invasive species management, wetland and stream restoration projects, wildlife habitat enhancement, and timber management. Don obtained his B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a concentration in Forest Management from Rutgers University. Don has 17 years of experience working as a forester for several government agencies before coming to NJA in 2011.