Presentation Topics


 This Year’s Topics (2019):

Invertebrates
Spiders!
Beneficial and Harmful Insects
Human/Insect Interactions
Insect Camouflage and Mimicry
Insect Metamorphosis

Vertebrates

Migratory Birds & Endangered Avian Species
Reptiles & Amphibians
Mammal Skulls
Nocturnal Animals

Plants

Invasive Terrestrial Plants
Pollination
Seed Dispersal
The Life Cycles of Trees
Plant Defenses
Carnivorous Plants
Plant/Insect Interactions

Ecosystems & Fossils

Predator/Prey Interactions
Food Webs in the Fingerlakes
Stream Wildlife
Fossils
Cayuga Lake Watershed

 


2018 Presentation Topics

Invertebrates
Spiders!
Pollination
Insect Growth and Development
Insect camouflage, mimicry, and warning coloration

Vertebrates
Birds of Prey: Raptors
Amphibians and Reptiles
Winter Adaptations
Predator vs. Prey Adaptations
Canid Diversity

Plants & Ecosystems
Plant Defenses
Forest Ecology
Plant-Insect Interactions
Fossils


2016 Presentation Topics:

Invertebrates
Spiders
Native Bees
Ants
Honeybees & Wasps
Insect Mimicry & Camouflage

Vertebrates
Reptiles & Amphibians
Amphibian Ecology & Evolution
Raptors
Birds, beaks and adaptations
Bats
Animal Athletics

Ecosystems & Plants
Vernal Pools
Streams & Waterways
Fire Ecology
Plant Adaptations to Climate
Lichens

Animal Interactions
Pollination
Food Webs
Predator-Prey Interactions
Mammals Avoid Predators
Animal Communication


2015 Presentation Topics:

Plant Defenses: Don’t Eat me!
The Plants We Eat & Where They Come From

Wetlands: A Critical Ecosystem
Exploring Local Forests: Wildlife & Ecology

Birds!
Whales!
Reptiles: Adaptations & Diversity
Slithering Serpents: All About Snakes
Nocturnal Animals: Creatures of the Night

Insect Defenses
Insect Pollination
Social Insects & Why They’re Amazing!
Insects Feed the World: Animals that Eat Insects
Buzz off! Mosquito Biology and Invasive Mosquitoes


2014 Presentation Topics:

Survival Adaptations: How Animals Avoid Being Eaten
Bird Diversity:  Learning about the world of birds from its 10,000 species
Bird Sounds: Understanding bird behavior from their songs and calls
Invasive Terrestrial Plants: Dominating and Ruling Upstate New York
Water quality: bioindicators and our environment
Scuttering through the Tree of Life – A Foray into Insect Adaptation and Evolution
Animal Architects: Things Animals Build and Why They Build Them
Do You See Me Now?: Bird camouflage and courtship displays
Matters of Life and Death: Exploring Predator-Prey Interactions within Arthropods
The Best Offense: How trees face challenges without being able to move
Adaptations for Locomotion in Arthropods: How and why they move the way they do
Plantastic Plants!: Amazing Plant Adaptations
Biocontrol: Why We Should Study and Support Insect Predators
Invasive Species: How non-native invertebrates are so successful & what it means for us
Plant Defenses: Plants Fight Back Against Herbivory
The Story of Skull: What we can learn about a mammal from its skull
Animal Behavior: Communication, Conflict, Creation, and Cooperation
Plant Adaptations for Reproduction: Seeds and other strategies
You are What You Eat: Why and How Carnivorous Plants Consume Insects
It’s A Deer’s World:  How deer biology, adaptations, and behavioral ecology allow them to thrive in a constantly changing environment
Reptile Diversity: What makes a reptile?


Topics from previous years by subject:

Invertebrate:
Insect diversity: One million ways to be a bug
Aquatic Insects
Pollen-Nation: An Un-bee-lievable Phenomenon!
Backyard Bees: Bumblebees and Tunnel Nesters
Invertebrate natural enemies: How bugs eat each other and how this can benefit us
Spiders: Natural Predator

Vertebrate:
Black Bears: Life Cycle and Adaptations
Nocturnal Animals: Adaptations for Survival after Sunset
White-tailed Deer: Biology, Adaptations and Impact on the Environment
Prey Adaptations: Understanding How Animals Avoid Being Eaten
How Mammals Eat: From Hunting and Gathering to Digestion
Environmental Relationships: How Mammal Skulls Show What They Eat and How Mammals Relate
Bird migration
The Biology of a Feather
Feeding Adaptations in Birds
Reptile Behavior: Understanding how and why reptiles act the way they do

Plants and Ecosystems:
Carnivorous plants: Adaptation gone wild!
Primitive Plants: The Evolution of Ferns and Their Relatives
Fungi Diversity: How Fungi are Used in Your Daily Life
Seed dispersal
Plant Defense: Thorns, Smells, Oils and Waxes
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees: a Look at the Ecology and Adaptations of Trees in a Dynamic Forest Ecosystem

Ecosystems:
Winter Adaptations: Understanding How Animals Survive in the Cold
Invasive Aquatic Species: What are they and Why should we care?
Stream Ecology: Understanding the Complexities of Food Webs

Other topics:
Fungi Diversity: How Fungi are Used in Your Daily Life
Animal Locomotion: How and Why Animals Move the Way They Do


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