Wildlife of Long Island is one of the core modules within the Master Naturalist certification program.
Long Island Master Naturalist training is general introduction to the natural world around you. The program is flexible, customizable, and is a train-the-trainer program. We encourage critical inquiry and observation. There are three parts of the program. Learn more.
Pictured on the right, is a sampling of the seasons from the point of view of wildlife interactions during a typical year. Of course, there are variations, and much more details to learn, but it gives you an idea of what to look for when. During the master naturalist program you will gain additional insights from experts.
Delve into the Wildlife of Long Island module by taking a field class. Compliment your study further by seeing how habitats and greenways effect wildlife populations. Learn how to use field guides to identify birds and mammal tracks. We will also be considering how coyote, turkey, bobwhite quail, and other species are managed, including the mechanisms of restoration and reintroduction needs.
Common Wildlife Terminology
- Biodiversity refers the variety of life found; where more diverse populations are more resilient.
- Fragmentation of habitats by development impacts biodiversity because some isolated species can't maintain viable populations sizes, while others species require large home ranges to survive.
- Life Cycles summarizes the life of an organism.
- Migratory cycles refer to annual or seasonal movements by birds, butterflies, whales, etc.
- Habitats - that which wildlife requires and includes their home range (open space needs) and their needs for cover (shelter), food, and water. That which is in short supply is known as a limiting factor. Each species requires and benefits from differing habitats.
- Population Dynamics - up and down swings of a wildlife population across space and time.
- Endangered and Threatened species refer to declining populations.
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