On Wednesday, June 10 Bedford Audubon Society awarded John Jay High School rising junior Steven Palmesi, of South Salem, and Fox Lane High School rising junior Cameron Garzon, of Mount Kisco, the Marty McGuire Scholarship. Both students will be applying the scholarship towards the cost of their science research projects in the coming year.
Steven’s research is on the effectiveness of stormwater bioretention systems. Stormwater is a significant source of water pollution, including hydrocarbons, sediment, and even lead. Green infrastructure practices, such as bioretention or rain gardens, can not only improve local water quality, but also increase wildlife habitat and other ecosystem services. Steven will receive a scholarship for $550.
Cameron’s research is on the impact of light pollution on loggerhead sea turtle hatchings. Sea turtles have experienced a worldwide population decline due to habitat loss, poaching, and light pollution. In particular, artificial light alters the ratio of male to female hatchlings. Cameron will receive a scholarship of $450 toward her research with the Caretta Research Project in Georgia.
The awards were announced at Bedford Audubon’s June lecture at the Katonah Village Library, and each student gave the audience a brief summary of their research endeavors. Dr. Linda Burke, Chair of Bedford Audubon’s Education Committee, says "Bedford Audubon is proud to support the future leaders in environmental research and conservation action."
"Each year I look forward to receiving the scholarship applications—all the projects are so interesting, and show what passion young people have for conservation," says Bedford Audubon’s Executive Director, Janelle Robbins.
The scholarship is given in honor of Marty McGuire of Putnam County, who tragically died in a car accident in August 2007. He was an active and enthusiastic young birder filled with a love of nature.
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The largest irruption of Snowy Owls in the last 100 years occurred in the winter of 2013-2014. Inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Project SNOWstorm was organized to assemble dozens of ornithologists to work throughout the incursion zone to learn as much as possible about these beautiful birds. Project members fitted 23 Snowy Owls with GPS transmitters to track their movements every 30 minutes 24 hours a day.
During the winter of 2014-2015, 5 of the owls returned and 12 new owls were fitted with GPS transmitters. The data collected from these owls has provided unprecedented insight into the lives of Snowy Owls during their winter visits to the US and their travels in northern Canada.
This talk will present some of the interesting and surprising discoveries that have been made.
Don Crockett is the developer of the interactive Google Maps app that is used on the Project SNOWstorm website to explore the Snowy Owl GPS data. Don is from Connecticut and has been developing birding websites for 20 years.
*The Bedford Audubon chapter covers an area of Eastern Putnam County (Patterson, Carmel, Brewster and Mahopac), and the northeastern section of Westchester County (Yorktown and Somers in the west, North Castle, Bedford, North Salem, Lewisboro and Pound Ridge in the east).