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"Speaking of Nature" Lecture Series

FLCC Muller Field Station - 6455 County Road 36 - Honeoye, New York

Please join us for an exciting and informative lecture series at the Muller Field Station of Finger Lakes Community College. Presentations by college faculty, staff and local scientists are free and light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited and reservations are required for each program. For more information and to make reservations, contact Nancy Lawson at (585)785-1257 or

Saturday, February 7, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Sasha MacKenzie for a winter walk around the Muller Field Station property in search of wildlife tracks. Was that a squirrel or a rabbit passing through? How was that deer moving? How do the tracks of dogs and cats differ? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Dress for the weather. Limited to 15 people.

Wednesday, February 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

Join Brad Cosentino to learn about local amphibians and how land use practices affect amphibian populations. Specific focus will be on the impacts of roads on amphibians and why roads cause amphibian declines. Learn about strategies to reduce the impacts of roads on amphibians. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Tuesday, March 10, 7-8:30 p.m.

Caught on Camera - Muller Field Station Wildlife. Join Conservation Educator, Nadia Harvieux, to learn about Muller Field Station's Trail Camera Study. This ongoing field work provides insight into which animals are most commonly found on the Field Station property, their habitat preferences and seasonal activity. See which animals are roaming around Muller when no one else is there!

Wednesday, April 1, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Nature of Our Lake - What Did We Learn From Research Projects in 2014? Science is all about discovering how things work. We design experiments, collect data, assimilate information into reasonable explanations and, of course, we come to realize how much more we need to learn. Over the years, we have developed a sound scientific basis for understanding the ecology of Honeoye Lake but some influential factors affecting the lake continue to change. During 2014, we restudied the invasive zebra mussel populations spurred on by resident comments that fewer mussels were being observed. We completed an intensive study of the submerged aquatic plant communities, and compared our results to similar data collected in 2004, 1994 and 1984. We mapped the extent of those communities and lake bottom substrate with "state of the art" technology. Join Bruce Gilman and Terry Gronwall for this information sharing on the Nature of Our Lake.

Thursday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Pasture to Plate: Stories and Skills from Chicken Thistle Farm, a Small Sustainable Farmstead in Walworth, NY. Kelli and Andy Prior will be sharing the stories and skills from their farming, gardening and homesteading journey – pasture to plate. Topics will free-range around Chicken Thistle Farm's experiences with pastured heritage pigs, broiler chickens and pastured eggs, heritage breed turkeys, an heirloom vegetable CSA and using high tunnels.

Tuesday, May 5, 7-8:30 p.m.

Extinction Event - The Decline of Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems. Join Jim Hewlett, FLCC Biology Professor, to learn more. The Caribbean is home to 9 percent of the world's coral reefs, but only around one-sixth of the original coral cover remains. The reefs, which span 38 countries, are vital to the region's economy and support the more than 43 million people, generating more than $3 billion annually from tourism and fisheries. Recent studies have suggested that in a "business as usual" model, these ecosystems will suffer a complete collapse in this region within 25 years. The reasons for this decline include stressors that operate on global, regional and local scales. The good news is that coral reefs are extremely resilient, and in areas where protective measures have been put in place, the rate of recovery has matched the rate of decline. In this presentation, the sources of stress will be reviewed along with examples where protections have been successful. Professor Hewlett has been studying this decline for over ten years and will present data from targeted reef sites where this decline has been measured.

Thursday, June 4, 5-7 p.m.

Birds of the Southern Honeoye Valley. Join Sasha MacKenzie to learn more. For nature lovers this afternoon walk along the field station's hiking trails will fascinate you with sightings of brightly colored songbirds in their breeding plumage. You will also learn details about bird ecology including their use of natural habitats and artificial nest boxes. Some binoculars can be borrowed from the field station, but if you have your own, please bring them with you. Limited to 15 people.   

Wednesday (evening), June 10, 6-8 p.m.

Channel Paddle with Bruce Gilman, Finger Lakes Community College. Canoe or kayak through the beautiful Honeoye Inlet wetlands and learn about the role of wetlands in protecting the water quality of Honeoye Lake. Also learn about wildlife and wetland plant indicators. Some college boats can be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own. Limited to 12 people. It is strongly recommended you make your reservations early.

Tuesday (evening), June 16, 6-8 p.m.

Channel Paddle with Berna Ticonchuk, Finger Lakes Community College. Canoe or kayak through the beautiful Honeoye Inlet wetlands. You may catch a glimpse of a beaver or river otter. Some college boats can be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own. Limited to 12 people. It is strongly recommended you make your reservations early.