The Queens County Bird Club’s new season of free evening programs will kick off on Sept. 18 with a discussion of reptile ecology in Douglaston.
Ecologist Peter Warny will host an illustrated talk on reptile ecology and conservation projects at Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd., at 8 p.m. next Wednesday.
The discussion will cover declining reptile and amphibian populations as ecological issues affecting habitats, migration and nesting behavior as well as predation, genetics and diseases.
Warny will also talk specifically about Long Island and northeast reptiles, such as rattlesnakes, sea turtles, tortoises, salamanders and tadpoles.
He has worked for the Nature Conservancy and National Audubon Society and currently owns and manages a private reptile reserve in northern Florida.
Light refreshments will be served during the event. For more information, visit the Queens County Bird Club’s website.