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Conservation Talks – Lecture Series


Join us for our lecture series to learn more about the natural world around you! Each week, the Conservation Talks will feature a different speaker.

Registration is required for each lecture. See detail below.


Sunday, February 16 - The Cape May Raptor Banding Project: Paul Napier, will present “The Cape May Raptor Banding Project” which will cover a brief history, some impressive Project statistics, an overview of the intern program, how the Project contributes to science projects, and portraits and facts about the raptors banded. There will be lots of great close-up photographs. 

Paul Napier, President of the Cape May Raptor Banding Project, has been banding raptors since 1988. He started out as a birdwatcher, then discovered raptors and never recovered. He has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad in order to learn more about the many exciting birds of prey that share our environment. Paul has been President of the Cape May Raptor Banding Project since the early 2000s when Project founder and noted raptor expert William S. Clark retired. Register Here

Sunday, February 23rd - Crabbing at Barnegat Bay: Catch Them if you Can

The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) and its students have embarked on projects related to blue crabbing in Barnegat Bay.  From removal of abandoned crab pots to providing awareness about crabbing in the area, join MATES students who will share their results from a recent survey conducted on crabbing and crabbing perceptions.  Also, results of the numerous crab pot projects will be shared included a study on the movement of crab pots underwater, and the effectiveness of crab catch when using bycatch reduction devices (inserts) in the funnels of crab pots.  Also, learn about ways that you can get involved in being part of a new crab awareness project at Barnegat Bay! “We promise the presentation will be informative, interactive and that you will not get bit!” Register Here

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