NEXT 2 EVENTS

SPRING BIRDING IN CENTRAL PARK WITH ORNITHOLOGIST LUKE MUSHER

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, MAY 19

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Please join us for Spring Birding in Central Park with ornithologist Luke Musher on Sunday May 12 at 8 AM

RESERVATIONS: This event is FREE! However, in order to keep the group size manageable and enjoyable for everyone, we ask that you make a reservation! Please RSVP by sending an email to metropolitannaturalhistory@gmail.com. Once your reservation is confirmed, details on the meeting point will be emailed to you. Facebook and Meetup ''attendance" will NOT be considered as a reservation. Please note, in the event of heavy rain, this event will be postponed. 

EVENT DESCRIPTION: It's spring migration season and Luke Musher from the American Museum of Natural History will take us on a leisurely, guided bird walk through Central Park. We will visit the Ramble and several other birding spots where we will get to see and hear the mating calls of our extant dinosaur friends. The event will last ca. 2 hrs. This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars) event!Checklists will be provided.

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TRIP LEADER: Luke Musher is a Ph.D. candidate at the American Museum of Natural History studying how biodiversity originates in the tropics. He specifically focuses his research on the evolutionary history of birds in the Amazon rainforest, which is the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. Musher has been birding for more than fifteen years, and during that time he has travelled all over the United States and Latin America for both research and bird watching. Still, he loves birding in New York, and no place compares to the numbers seen in Central Park during migration season.

NB: A photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our website, PLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location. 

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SATURDAY, MAY 18: Monitoring Horseshoe Crab Breeding with NYC Audubon

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Please join us for Monitoring Horseshoe Crab Breeding with New York City Audubon on Saturday, May 18 at 7 PM. 

RESERVATIONS: This event is FREE! However, we have limited spaces available. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to metropolitannaturalhistory@gmail.com to make a reservation. Facebook and Meetup ''attendance" will NOT be considered as a reservation. Confirmed attendees should meet promptly at 7 PM at the Broad Channel train station stop on the Far Rockaway Bound A line. If you have a car and prefer to drive, you can drive directly to Jamaica Bay and arrive no later than 7:30 PM but please contact us directly for directions to the designated parking area. Please call (917) 809-9422 if you have trouble finding us. Additional information and waivers from the MSNH and NYC Audubon will be emailed to you upon confirmation of your reservation. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

If you sign up for this event, you MUST attend. No-shows jeopardize the entire survey!!

This event will NOT be canceled in the event of heavy rain.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: We will be visiting Big Egg Marsh in Jamaica Bay in Queens to see one of the most fantastic natural events- horseshoe crab breeding. Each year, horseshoe crabs come to the eastern coastal shores of North America to breed in the hundreds. However, because of environmental factors such as pollution, habitat degradation and overharvesting, their populations are in decline. The New York City Audubon annually monitors horseshoe crab breeding to assess the stability of the population and this year we are again joining them for a night to assist with the census. Training for the horseshoe crab monitoring will happen on site with a representative from the NYC Audubon.

WHAT TO BRING: Headlamp, good waterproof boots or water shoes, dry socks and shoes for when we are done. We will have to wade in the water (at least up to our knees). The beach has some rocks and other sharp objects so it is recommended to wear some waterproof boots or shoes. Waivers that will be emailed to you.

Horseshoe crabs, despite their name and superficial resemblance, are not crabs. They actually belong to their own class Xiphosura in Chelicerata, an arthropod group that also includes the classes Arachnida (spiders, scorpions, ticks, etc), Eurypterida (the extinct sea scorpions and also MSNH's logo taxon), and Pycnogonida (sea spiders) and some researchers even consider them within Arachnida. Worldwide only four extant species of horseshoe crabs exist and all species except the Atlantic horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, are found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. Extinct horseshoe crab species have also been described and the oldest fossil, found in Canada, dates to the Upper Ordovician, 445 million years ago! Despite their remarkable old age, horseshoe crabs have changed little morphologically since their first appearance and are therefore often referred to as 'living fossils' in the scientific literature. 

NB: A photographer will be taking photos of this event for our website. If you attend this event and do not wish to have your photo posted to our website, PLEASE let us know in your reservation and we will accommodate.

NB: By attending this event, you agree that The Metropolitan Society of Natural Historians, Inc., its officers, its event organizers and leaders are in no way responsible for any injuries or property damage that occur during this event or travel to and from the event location.