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Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of an ten-week paid opportunity in the Leon Levy Native Garden, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. More...
Bedford Audubon Society is pleased to announce the availability of an ten-week paid opportunity in field biology, located at Bylane Farm, our center of operations in Katonah, New York. More...
High-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) for mining natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales is widespread in Pennsylvania, and potentially throughout the Appalachian Basin. Despite concerns about human health, there has been little study of the impacts of fracking on habitats and plant and animal life.
Dr. Kiviat will address the potential impact of fracking on freshwater organisms, such as brook trout and freshwater mussels; fragmentation-sensitive biota, including forest-interior breeding birds and orchids; and species with restricted geographic ranges, such as Wehrle’s salamander, tongue-tied minnow. He will also address local issues, like the disposal of fracking wastes from other states, the construction and expansion of gas transmission pipelines, including the Algonquin Pipeline in Westchester, and the status of New York’s statewide ban on fracking.
Dr. Erik Kiviat is co-founder of Hudsonia, Ltd., an institute for research, education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences. Formerly a professor at Bard College, he has 45 years of experience with natural history and environmental issues and has published extensively on wetlands, rare species, nonnative plants, natural history, and human ecology.
*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).