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 September 26

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

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


September 26: The Landscape – Transitioning from Summer into Fall
Presenter: Brown & Quattrocchi Landscape Group

The old adage that “Fall is for Planting “ stands true. When you think about the Fall landscape, the color palette is ever changing. We will take the opportunity to discuss the culture, practice and care of your autumn  landscape plantings. The benefits of establishing new gardens, the ability to change the color palette in your garden by introducing seasonal flowers and foliage in window boxes, patio containers and throughout the landscape. While extending the interest of the Landscape as it transitions from summer into fall. Join us for a look into how we can prepare for the changing season and create excitement in the garden!

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Native plants help conserve and filter water, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect soil resources, and reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with fertilizers and pesticides.
To address growing concerns about invasive species, state officials convened the New Jersey Invasive Species Council to coordinate and guide invasive species activities throughout New Jersey and to act as a liaison for regional and national cooperative efforts.
October 3: Ecology of Northeast Herring Gulls
Presenter: Matt Fuirst

Urbanization of natural landscapes have wide-spread effects on wildlife ecology, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. For animals that can adapt to these changes, such as gulls, urban environments may provide access to food while consequentially impacting animal health. During this talk you will learn about the various ways human development impacts the behaviour and health of gulls. Where you consider yourself a fan of these beach-roaming birds or not, our changing marine and terrestrial environments are having more of an impact on local seabird populations than you might think. Find out how and what you can do to help.

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October 10: **No Science Saturday // See FRED Talk by David Levy
October 17:  Effective Communication for Climate Change
Presenter: Ashwani Vasishth

His presentation will focus on effective communication for climate change- how to talk about climate change in ways that are both persuasive and effective. In the first part, you will learn what you need to know to understand climate change phenomena. In the second part, you will learn how to talk about climate change in ways that promote effective action. And in the third part, you will understand what can be done to mitigate climate change and move us toward a future that stays below a 1.5 degree Centigrade rise in global mean temperature.

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>> En-Roads By Climate Interactive

En-ROADS is a transparent, free policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore,  the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies with the goal of improving their understanding. READ MORE HERE.

October 24 – Recycling 101
Presenter: Angela Andersen

Recycling 101- Myth Busting the 3 R’s. and Closing the Loop. The words Reduce Reuse Recycle are in that order for a reason. 33 years into the mandatory recycling law in NJ—where are we? and how can you help shape the future? The power of purchasing and the mayhem of markets will be discussed through a global economic lens.

Register Online For  10/24
November 7 – 100 Things To Do At the Jersey Shore Before You Die
Presenter: RC Staab

Join Jersey Shore author and expert R.C. Staab and he talks about his experiencing writing his book, rediscovering and discovering the attractions, beaches, boardwalks, food and culture of the Jersey Shore from Cape May to Sandy Hook. And get an early look at the special holiday events and exhibits that will be LIVE in November and December from outdoor igloo dining huts to howling with Santa and wolfdogs.

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November 14 – Ecological Survey Effects of Micro-plastics
Presenter: Aaron Stoler

Over the past two years, Aaron Stoler has conducted an extensive survey of micro-plastic contamination in freshwater lakes across the state of New Jersey. He have also explored how micro-plastic contamination influences freshwater organisms and entire communities. In this talk, he will discuss why micro-plastics are a topic of concern. Aaaron will also talk about how he measures micro-plastics in the environment and will go over some of my preliminary results.

Register Online For  11/14
November 21 – Tracking the Elusive and Enigmatic Clinging Jellyfish in NJ Waters
Presenter: Joseph Bilinski

The clinging jellyfish, Gonionemus vertens, is a small hydrozoan native to the northern Pacific Ocean. Its recent discovery in coastal New Jersey estuaries poses a potential safety concern to the public during normal, recreational uses of these waterways. It also highlights the vulnerability of our coastal waters to the establishment of nonnative wildlife. From their current distribution, clinging jellyfish can potentially invade other waterbodies along NJ’s coast since suitable habitat and translocation vectors are abundant. Given that boating activity is suspected as being a major vector in the spread of this species, clinging jellyfish may soon become established in coastal embayments throughout the State. 

Science Saturday in the News

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent NJTV NEWS | February 12, 2019, 4PM EST

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