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Our winter lecture series consists of weekly daytime (Lunch and Learn) or monthly evening (Covered Dish Dinner) presentations occurring onsite at The Wetlands Institute.  Throughout the series, guest presenters from around the state share presentations and/or programs on a variety of scientific and cultural topics.

Lunch and Learn – Weekly

Due to renovations, our winter lectures will begin with a Covered Dish Dinner on January 26.

Join us for a weekly exploration of topics important to our coastal and wetland ecosystems. Bring your lunch and The Wetlands Institute will provide coffee and dessert. Each week we will feature a different speaker and topic of discussion! Please check back for complete presenter details.

When:  Fridays at 11:45am from February 2 – March 23, 2018.
Admission: $3 for members and $5 non-members

Please Note:  There are NO Lunch and Learn presentations on January 26, February 23, and March 30 due to Covered Dish Dinner events.

Friday, February 2, 2018 – Better Backyard Composting

Presented by: Linda Conover, Owner of Watershed Worm Farm

Every back yard is better with a compost bin! The process of turning yard debris, grass clippings and more into a rich, valuable compost for our plants and gardens can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be a challenge. Along with traditional composting methods, Vermicomposting and Hugelkultur will be discussed. Come find out how to make compost happen and why it is good for your plants and the planet.

Friday, February 9, 2018 Protecting New Jersey’s Natural Resources

Presented by: Daniel Faith, Conservation Police Officer, NJ  Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Listen while Dan discusses the history of wildlife law enforcement in NJ, the laws he enforces and the current duties he performs. Also discussed will be the importance of the laws his division enforces in order to conserve and manage wildlife and wild places for future generations to enjoy.

Friday, February 16, 2018 Honey Bees and Me

Presented by: Gary G. Schempp, Busy Bees NJ

During this presentation, we will discuss the life cycle of the Honey Bee, Pollination and Honey Bee Rescue. Join us for what’s sure to be a buuzzzzzzingly good time!

Friday, March 2, 2018 A Good Ole Fashioned Meet and Greet

Presented by: Haley Faith, Outreach Coordinator and Shelby Schmeltzle, Aquarist/Environmental Educator, The Wetlands Institute

Come and meet the new additions to the Education department here at The Wetlands Institute. Our Aquarist/Environmental Educator, Shelby will teach you all about what an aquarist is, as well as what it takes to care for the variety of creatures we have in our aquarium. Learn more about some of our interesting creatures such as our common octopus, clear nose skate, horseshoe crabs, diamond back terrapins, and more. Our Outreach Coordinator, Haley will tell you all about what it means to be an Outreach Coordinator and what it takes to work in environmental education. Learn all about our amazing programs we offer here at the institute and the outreach programs we do off site.

Friday, March 9, 2018 Frogs of Cape May 

Presented by: Brian Williamson, Research Scientist, The Wetlands Institute

Come learn about Cape May County’s local frogs, and how you can participate in a nationwide citizen science effort to help scientists learn more about everyone’s favorite amphibians.

Friday, March 16, 2018 View of a RUMFS Marine Scientist

Presented by: Roland Hagan, Operations Coordinator, Rutgers University Marine Field Station

Join us for a glimpse inside this unique place and its spectacular location. This presentation outlines the history of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) along with many of the projects experienced throughout the years.

Friday, March 23, 2018 The Selection and Use of Conservation Plants for Improving Coastal Ecosystems

Presented by: Chris Miller, Manager/Plant Specialist, USDA-NRCS, Cape May Plant Materials Center

This presentation will discuss selecting the appropriate coastal plant species to use for dune and shoreline stabilization that also function to create improved, wildlife friendly riparian buffers.

Covered Dish Dinners – Monthly

Nothing could be better than an evening filled with meeting new people, eating great food and engaging in scientific discussion! Join us the last Friday of each month, January – March, as we bring in guest speakers from around the region to share their knowledge of important issues in the field of environmental science and biology. In the spirit of covered dish dinners, please bring an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert to share with at least eight people. Please check back for complete presenter details.

When:  Friday Evenings January 26, February 23, and March 30, 2018 at 6:00pm – RSVP requested.
Admission: A covered dish plus $7 for members and $12 for non-members

Friday, January 26, 2018 The Birds of Seven Mile Island: the pageantry of the seasonal changes of the Island’s birdlife

Presented by: Cameron Cox.
Cameron is a local birder and photographer as well as the author of the Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching

Seven Mile Island, (Avalon and Stone Harbor) is an exceptional year round place for birds The talk will discuss the multitude of birds that take refuge on this special barrier island at each season of the year; from Snowy Owls in winter to Piping Plovers in summer. The talk will feature photos that celebrate the beauty of Seven Mile Island’s avian residents.

Friday, February 23, 2018 Piping Plovers along the Flyway: New Jersey, the Bahamas, and Beyond 

Presented by: Todd Pover, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey

Piping plovers are one of the most intensely managed and monitored breeding bird species in North America, including here in New Jersey. As a result, much is known about their breeding behavior, but until recently far less was known about them during migration and wintering. Recent research, especially in the Bahamas, has revealed new information about their wintering distribution and behavior. Todd will discuss these newer findings, as well as provide an update on their current status and reproductive success in New Jersey.

Friday, March 30, 2018 Parsons Seafood – the past and present 

Presented by: Dale Parson

Join us for the final Covered Dish Dinner of the 2018 season as Dale Parson presents a brief history of the company and the evolution of aquaculture techniques. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the shell recycling program and includes samples collected from a research reef and before-and-after recycled shells.