Science Saturdays

WHAT ARE 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.

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Fee: $5, Free to LBIF Members!


Science Saturday in the News

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


2019 Science Saturday schedule of topics:

JANUARY 19: THE COAST RESILIENCE PUZZLE
Lisa Auermuller, Jacques Cousteau
What are the pieces & how do they fit? Jacques Cousteau’s strong partnerships with local communities, state agencies, and NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management positioned it well to put federal adaptation tools and decision support frameworks to work for the state. Lisa brings a unique insider’s perspective to this topic. Since the Getting to Resilience technical assistance project launched in 2013, almost 60 New Jersey communities have put it to work as they seek to reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness through planning, mitigation, and adaptation.

JANUARY 26: USING SHELLFISH IN LIVING SHORELINES
Rick Bushnell, ReClam the Bay
We have heard about sea level rise, but what can we do about it? A number of municipalities around the bay are planning projects that use shellfish to stabilize the shoreline and, since they are living, will grow up as the water comes up. Find out more!

FEBRUARY 2: HOW ARE THE TURTLES DOING?
John Wneck, Project Terrapin Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science, Project Terrapin
Two part session! Session 1 – Family Program, 10:00am- 11:00am – How was turtle reproduction in 2018? How will they keep up with sea level rise? Bring your family to meet and interact with some of our local turtle species up close and personal. Session 2 – Adults, 11:00am-12:30pm – Dr. Wnek will focus on the continuing efforts to understand how derelict fishing gear is impacting Barnegat Bay with updates regarding bycatch and a project on blue crab captures.

FEBRUARY 9: COMMERCIAL FISHING & COOKING FRESH SEAFOOD
Karter Larsen & Ian Smith, Viking Village and Larson Puskas Fisheries Partnership & Culinary Teacher, OCVTS
Did you know that Viking Village in Barnegat Light is one of the East Coast’s most productive commercial fishing seaports? Join us for this bay to table conversation. Karter Larson will tell many entertaining tales while you will learn how your favorite fish is harvested in the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Ian will teach you how to prepare the fresh seafood you buy or catch with hands-on cooking demonstrations and delicious samples to enjoy.

FEBRUARY 16: WILDLIFE ON THE NORTH END OF LBI
Ben Wurst, Conserve Wildlife NJ & Jim Verhagen, Wildlife Photographer & Blogger
Ben Wurst and “Northside Jim” will tell you about the creatures where they live. Lots of pictures and a lively Q & A will make this a fun and valuable session. Northside Jim is a bird enthusiast with some outrageous and whimsical pictures showing the lives of local wildlife that live on the Island. Ben Wurst is the osprey expert who takes care of LBI’s ospreys and their habitats and captures stunning images of both in their most intimate moments.

FEBRUARY 23: OYSTER CULTURE & FARMING
Matt Gregg and Theo Gerike, Forty North Oysters
Did you know oysters are being grown right behind High Bar Harbor and other places in Little Egg Harbor Bay? Learn about “Oystering” during a presentation by farmers from 40 North and 7 Bridges Oysters.

MARCH 2: IS IT WEATHER OR IS IT CLIMATE?
Jonathan Carr, WeatherNJ
There is often confusion between weather and climate.
Jonathan Carr will explain the difference in local terms using our own backyard as the example. Jonathan will use a little history and a look into the future to help us all to understand.

MARCH 9: PINE WILT DISEASE AND OTHER COMMON MALADIES OF NJ COASTAL PINES – RESCHEDULED TO 4/27!
Richard Buckley, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory of Rutgers NJAES + The LBI Garden Club
Pine wilt disease is just one of the various diseases that is causing significant problems with our plants and trees caused by the wood borer insect–the pine sawyer beetle. This session will help people understand these various diseases and how to take corrective action.

MARCH 16: BIRDING IN THE PINE BARRENS
Sue Puder, Founder & President, Southern Ocean Birding Group
Discover the birds that can be found in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey, a major stop on the Atlantic flyway, with author and photographer Susan Puder. The Pine Barrens cover one million acres of the outer coastal plain and is home to a great variety of plants and animals. This lecture will explore some of the best places to find raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds, warblers and other passerines that make this area their home, breed, or migrate through in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This program is part of the Southern Ocean Birding Group’s 10th Annual Wings Over LBI event, held this year on March 16.

MARCH 23: INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY
Ben Cilley, Teacher & LBIF Marine Bio Instructor
The ocean is huge. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the depths of the ocean. Come learn about how this vast body of water affects everything from our weather to our feelings. Learn how tiny differences in temperature and salinity are responsible for keeping the tropics cool and the temperate regions warm. Take a dive into the ocean depths that receive no sunlight, but make up over 99% of the volume of space on earth where living things exist.

MARCH 30: FARMING IN THE PINELANDS
Tina Mueller, Owner/Operator, Sassafras Hill Farm, Barnegat, NJ
Farming in the Pinelands? What is so unique about our Pinelands soil and ecosystem? Take a visual tour of Sassafras Hill Farm and learn about the process and seasonality of growing food from concept to consumption, about creating a self-sustaining ecosystem, the importance of bees on our farm, and the importance of farming to carbon sequestration. Become more familiar with the terms Organic, Certified Naturally Grown and Biodynamic.

APRIL 6: COASTAL RESILIENCY & ECOSYSTEMS
Amy Williams, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Coastal Ecosystems Extension Agent
Did you know that many scientists throughout NJ are working together to create more resilient ecosystems? Learn about the different types of living shoreline projects that increase ecological benefits while combating destructive erosion. Dr. Williams will explain the efforts being conducted by New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the New Jersey Coastal Resiliency Collaborative through grants and citizen science networks.

APRIL 13: BLUE CRABS IN BARNEGAT BAY
Paul Jivoff, Professor of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences, Rider University
The blue crab’s scientific name is Callinectes sapidus, which translates to “savory beautiful swimmer.” But there is so much more to know! Come learn about blue crab populations, biology, reproduction, and interactions with fishing. Paul is a delightful and interactive speaker. This is a fun and educational presentation.

*APRIL 20 – LBIF CLOSED: NO LECTURE

APRIL 27 – EARTH DAY NATIVE PLANT SALE & LECTURE
Come to the LBIF to shop native plant species to purchase for your home and help our local ecology. There will be no formal lecture, but Ben Wurst of Conserve Wildlife NJ will be available to ask which plants may be best for you!

APRIL 27 – PINE WILT DISEASE AND OTHER COMMON MALADIES OF NJ COASTAL PINES
Richard Buckley, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory of Rutgers NJAES + The LBI Garden Club
Pine wilt disease is just one of the various diseases that is causing significant problems with our plants and trees caused by the wood borer insect–the pine sawyer beetle. This session will help people understand these various diseases and how to take corrective action.

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