Sunday, October 15 – Sunday at 2 Event: Box Turtle Survey with Lisa Prowant2PM. Turtles are a unique and important part of global biodiversity. Eastern box turtles are a charismatic species native to Long Island, and as such, they are an integral part of Long Island ecosystems. Box turtles disperse seeds and are prey to several species. Box turtle populations are declining throughout much of their range. These declines are predicted to continue in the future with climate change. Understanding the natural history of an organism is often the first step to its conservation. This presentation will explore the life history of Eastern box turtles and detail some contemporary conservation research involving this species.  Lisa Prowant is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Ecology and Evolution of Stony Brook University. Lisa’s PhD dissertation research investigates the role of biotic interacts in conservation planning using the Eastern box turtle as a case study. This research will improve current understanding of box turtle trophic interactions and their population fluctuations and trends in order to improve conservation planning under climate change.  The Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center is located at 1061 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, just north of Scuttle Hole Road (look for the Open flag and follow the driveway to the end).  All Sundays at Two events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  For more info contact Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.