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Nature Talk: Air-Traffic Control for Hangry Birds

  • Moustache Brewing Co. 400 Hallett Avenue Riverhead, NY, 11901 United States (map)

We are stoked to host The Nature Talks, a special series of talks held at the brewery in collaboration with Christopher Paparo, the Fish Guy. On select Thursdays and Fridays, you're invited to learn more about our underwater habitats, ecosystem, Long Island after Sandy and more. Maple Tree BBQ will be in the house during the talks. The talk will start approximately at sunset, forecasted around 7pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, as well as some bug spray.

Join us on September 21st for “Air-Traffic Control for Hangry Birds” with Sam Urmy.

Just a few miles off of Orient Point lies a tiny speck of land called Great Gull Island. Formerly an U.S. Army fort, it is now a research station of the American Museum of Natural History. It is also the summer home of over 20,000 common and roseate terns. These small, fish-eating seabirds fly to our coast from South America each year to lay eggs and raise their chicks. This effort requires them to catch a lot of small fish - up to half a million per day for the whole colony.

Sam Urmy, a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, spent two summers on Great Gull Island trying to figure out how the terns find all those fishes. Using a modified boat radar, he was able to track hundreds of birds at once as they flew around the colony. He will present some highlights of this research, including the fascinating ecology of seabird foraging, the risks of buying scientific instruments on eBay, and what, exactly, it is like to share a small island with 20,000 angry birds.

Earlier Event: September 8
Pizza.Rita Friday