SOT - Fall Program: Threats to our forests: An extreme example of the impact of deer overabundance

Fall Program

Threats to our forests: An extreme example of the impact of deer overabundance

September 14, 2019, 9 am

Binghamton University, 4400 Vestal Parkway East

Vestal, NY 13850

The Binghamton University campus in Broome County, New York currently encompasses 930 acres of land, including over 600 acres that are undeveloped and in their natural state. The core of this undeveloped land is officially designated the Nature Preserve, 182 acres of land that includes a 20-acre wetland.

The Binghamton University nature preserve and natural areas are diverse in habitat and animal life, but like many landscapes, it faces many challenges. BU natural areas are where the impacts of past land use, high current use, deer, invasive plants, and tree pathogens come together. You may have seen the influence of deer overabundance on forests, but you probably haven’t seen it like this. Come walk around the Binghamton University Natural Areas to see the effects of 200 + deer on less than a square mile of landscape. Learn what has been done (or not done) to try to manage the effects. Led by Dylan Horvath, who is the Steward of Natural Areas of Binghamton University, and a wildlife biologist. He not only oversees activities and maintenance of the campus’ natural areas, but also develops and coordinates educational programs for area school groups, teaches a natural history course, as well as facilitates the research and academic use of these areas. In addition, Dylan has spent nearly 20 years as a wildlife field biologist researching various organisms from salamanders to birds, bats, and wolverines.

We will meet in parking lot M1. From the main entrance on Glenn G. Bartile Drive bear right on to West Drive at the roundabout. Follow West Drive to the back of the campus. Turn right on to Connector Road. Turn right onto W Access Road for a short distance. Make your first right turn to enter lot M1. According to the SUNY website parking lot, M1 is the only free parking lot available on weekends.

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