Smithsonian Institution - Dr. William McShea, Research Ecologist, Smithsonian Conservation Ecology Center
Dr. McShea spoke about the pressures on forests in the entire Northeast/Mid-Atlantic from overpopulation by white-tailed deer, which reach unhealthy densities as natural predators like bears, cougars, wolves have been removed from ecosystems.
NYC Audubon - Dr. Susan Albin, Director of Conservation and Science
Dr. Albin gave a presentation focused on the impacts on forest birds when native plants are over-browsed and supplanted with invasive species.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Ken Scarlatelli, Regional Natural Resources Supervisor (Region II)
Mr. Scarlatelli provided field evidence on the effects of over-browsing by deer in Staten Island’s forests–particularly on State lands.
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