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An illustrated talk presented by Skyler Kardell and William Schenck, who have been researching and documenting bird life on Fishers Island with logistical assistance by the HLFM.

Fishers Island, NY is exceptional for its long and distinguished history of contributions to the field of ornithology. Working within the historical framework of this huge dataset, we examined changing climate and the relative trends in the community structures and overall biodiversity of our island. Join us as we explore the birds of Fishers Island through the dual lenses of photography and science!

When: Sunday, June 2, 2024
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: In person at the Museum, 2nd floor

Skyler Kardell is a junior at Connecticut College, where he studies Environmental Science and Architecture. As a native of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, he has a deep interest in island ecology. His previous research has examined both avian and mammalian populations on other coastal islands in New England, including Tuckernuck and Muskeget Islands. During the austral winter, he is a participant in ongoing collaborative research between National Science Foundation (NSF) and the City University of New York (CUNY) in the Southern Ocean around South Georgia. He is also involved with the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program and is a collaborator at the American Oystercatcher Working Group (AMOYWG).

William Schenck is a junior at Wesleyan University, and shares an extensive history with the island ecosystems of the Northeast. He was the birding guide for the Sheffield Island Conservancy of Norwalk, Connecticut for two years, leading weekly birding tours to the Norwalk Islands, the western neighbors of Fishers Island. His experience with gathering biological data in these ecosystems has been augmented by many years of Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys, and a variety of banding projects since the age of thirteen. His interests in the ecology of New England extends to butterfly life and herpetofauna as well.

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