Science Saturdays


Science Saturday at the LBIF tackles today’s most pressing scientific, environmental, and sustainability issues that directly affect our shore community and the Barnegat Bay. Science Saturdays are interactive and informative hands-on presentations in an informal atmosphere.


Dates: Ongoing starting January 30, 2021

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Fee: Via Zoom ONLY – $5, Free to LBIF Members & “Friends of the Foundation” (NOTE: Members & Friends should contact LBIF for the free admission promo code)


January 30: Terrapins of Barnegat Bay- Stories of Survival
Presenter: Dr. John Wnek

The program this time will talk about threats to local diamondback terrapins including: crossing roadways, crab pot captures, loss of nesting habitat and the illegal pet trade. We will tell the story of “Bayley”, a local female diamondback terrapin that was part of the pet trade and returned back to New Jersey where we conducted health assessments and are developing a plan to return her back to the wild where she was taken. We will discuss ways that we are reducing road encounters, improving nesting habitat and promoting strategies to reduce terrapins being captured in crab pot. We have some actions that people along the coast can take to ensure the survival of terrapins. We will also be discussing the conservation efforts of some of our local partners throughout Barnegat Bay.

February 6: Assembling the Coastal Resilience Puzzle
Presenter: Vanessa Dornisch, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

In partnership with government agencies and other organizations, New Jersey’s coastal communities are working to become more resilient to coastal hazards like flooding, storms, and sea level rise. Learn about why and how coastal flooding occurs, what is being done to prepare and adapt, and steps residents can take to help increase their communities’ resilience to coastal hazards.

February 13: Exploring the JC NERR and Great Bay, Mullica River Estuary
Presenter: Kaitlin Gannon, The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) is one of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves created to promote the responsible use and management of the nation’s estuaries through a program combining scientific research, education, and stewardship. In this presentation, we will discuss the variety of terrestrial, wetland and aquatic habitats within the Reserve as well as current research, education, and stewardship efforts.

February 20: The Spotted Lanternfly
Presenter: Richard J. Buckley, Director of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect native to China, India, and Vietnam, that threatens U.S. agricultural, logging, and tourism industries. First detected in Berks County, PA in 2014, the pest demonstrated its detrimental impact upon plant growth and fruit production as its populations exponentially increased and spread. First confirmed in New Jersey in 2018, the spotted lanternfly has since been recorded in all 21 counties. The highest populations of the insect persist in the counties closer to Pennsylvania, but we expect to see significant population growth in most areas of NJ in the coming years. Find out how to recognize the insect when it moves into your area and learn what you can do to help minimize the threat.

February 27: Coyotes of New Jersey
Presenters: Kathleen Kerwin, M.S. & Chris Crosby, Ph.D. student

Coyotes arrived in New Jersey about 80 years ago and can now be found in almost every town across the state. Over the past 2 years, coyotes have immigrated to Barnegat Light, reproduced, and are dispersing across Long Beach Island. In this Science Saturday seminar, Rutgers University Ph.D. student, Chris Crosby, and Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program Coordinator, Kathleen Kerwin, will provide some history of eastern coyotes, a background in coyote ecology and behavior, and important guidance for avoiding negative human-coyote interactions




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