Banner photo: ©Erica Cirino. Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

upcoming presentations

Tuesday, october 1, 2019 at 7pm

Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic

Middle Country Public Library

101 Eastwood Blvd, Centereach, NY 11720, USA


presentation descriptions

"Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions”

Science writer and artist Erica Cirino has sailed across the most polluted part of the eastern Pacific Ocean and to remote reaches of the South Pacific Ocean, observed the work of plastic pollution science pioneers in California, documented the most polluted beach in Hawaii, met with world-class scientists in Denmark and Western New York, visited some of the most degraded ecosystems in Asia, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean, as well as the people working to clean them. Her purpose: Find out the truths about plastic pollution and what it’s doing to the planet, wildlife and people. Erica shares her testimony as a journalist during her presentation, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic," a part of her "Go and See Tour" project which is funded in part by a Safina Center "Kalpana Chawla Launchpad Fellowship." She is also available to give class field trips and marine debris art workshops for young people ages 5 and up. 

Erica is now based in Denmark, where she studies plastic pollution as a guest researcher at Roskilde University.

In addition to her presentation “Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic,” Erica presents on other stories she’s covered as a journalist and experiences she’s had as a wildlife rehabilitator. These include specialized presentations on birds and plastic, whales and plastic, wildlife rehabilitation and the persecution of wolves worldwide. See her selection of upcoming and past lectures below.


“Tales of a Wildlife Rehabilitator”

Erica Cirino gives us a peek into the life of a wildlife rehabilitator, nursing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife back to health for eventual return into the wild. She will elaborate on the threats posed especially by plastic pollution and other human-caused harms in light of the May 2019 U.N. extinction report, which painted a bleak outlook on life for Earth’s nonhuman beings–due to human actions. While rehabilitating individual wild animals may not correct the extinction crisis, Erica explains how it can bring attention to its causes and the implications that has for life on Earth. She has worked in the field as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for 11 years with 7 of those years spent in the clinical setting. Learn how to best help wildlife in need, along with some tricks of the wildlife rehabilitation trade.


“Rethinking the Big, Bad Wolf”

Erica Cirino has traveled to remote corners of New Mexico in search of the United States’ most endangered wolf. Along the way, she learned about wolves’ bad reputation in the U.S. and worldwide has led to its widespread persecution and demise. Today, thanks to conservation plans and rules against hunting, wolves are making a comeback in some areas. As that happens, wildlife managers struggle to emphasize the positive aspects of wolves' return because long-seated human fears about wolves—perpetuated by children’s fairy-tale books and films, and in other media—persist to this day and make people skeptical of the fact that wolves are a critical part of nature that deserve protection. In Europe, wildlife managers are attempting to break the stereotype of the “big, bad wolf” by designing an innovative approach to public attitudes improvement around wolves by holding public meetings where community members can voice their concerns and get their questions answered. In her presentation, Erica will tell her stories from the field, including her expedition looking for endangered wolves in New Mexico, attending wolf community meetings in Europe and more.


To schedule a presentation or learn more about Erica’s work, please use the contact form below:

 

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past Lectures/Workshops 

  • Huntington Public Library, “Tales of a Wildlife Rehabilitator,” Huntington, NY

  • Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions,” Cold Spring Harbor, NY

  • Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, “Rethinking the big, bad wolf,” Bayport-Blue Point, NY

  • Comsewogue Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions,” Port Jefferson Station, NY

  • North Fork Environmental Council, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Peconic Community Center, Peconic, NY

  • Connecticut Audubon at Audubon’s Birdcraft Museum, “Trashed Nests, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution.” Fairfield, Connecticut

  • South Huntington Public Library, “Tales of a Wildlife Rehabilitator.” South Huntington, New York

  • Casa Neutral, "Un Oceano Di Plastica: Tesimonianza diretta dal fronte di una crisiecologica globale” / ("A Plastic Ocean: direct witness from the front of a global crisis"). Matera, Italy

  • Surfrider Foundation: Central Long Island Chapter at EmPower Solar, “"Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Island Park, New York

  • Huntington Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Huntington, New York

  • Eastern Long Island Audubon Society at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, "Trashed Nests, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution.” Quogue, New York

  • Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, "Tales from a Wildlife Rehabilitator." Bayport-Blue Point, New York

  • East Northport Public Library Gallery, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: An photographic exhibition." East Northport, New York

  • Night of the Living Museum at Cold Spring Harbor High School, “Beach Foam: A plastic wave, art workshop and lecture.” Cold Spring Harbor, New York

  • South Huntington Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Huntington Station, New York

  • Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society at the Cold Spring Harbor Public Library, “Trashed Nests, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution.” Cold Spring Harbor, New York

  • Brookhaven Free Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Brookhaven, New York

  • All Our Energy/Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Tanglewood Preserve, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Rockville Centre, New York

  • Sachem Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Sachem, New York

  • Maplewood Intermediate School "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions” Lecture and Field Trip. Huntington, New York

  • Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild Lecture, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions” Workshop and Art Show. Cutchogue, New York

  • International Ocean Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

  • Northport VA Medical Center, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Northport, New York

  • Youth Build at The United Way, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Deer Park, New York

  • North Fork Audubon Society/North Fork Environmental Council at the Peconic Community Center, "Trashed Nets, Poisoned Bellies and Entangled Wings: A Bird's Eye View of Plastic Pollution." Peconic, New York

  • Port Jefferson Free Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Port Jefferson, New York

  • Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Setauket, New York

  • 2017 LI Youth Ocean Conservation Summit at Stony Brook University, "Building a Community of Coastal Stewardship." Stony Brook, New York

  • Mystic Seaport, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Mystic, Connecticut (two presentations)

  • American Cetacean Society, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Monterey Bay, California

  • Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Marina Del Ray, California

  • The Explorers Club, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” New York, New York

  • Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Cutchogue, New York

  • Quogue Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Quogue, New York

  • Bayport-Blue Point Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Blue Point, New York

  • Hampton Bays Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Hampton Bays, New York

  • North Fork Environmental Council, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Jamesport Meeting House, Riverhead, New York

  • Amagansett Free Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Amagansett, New York

  • Via Aquarium, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Schenectady, New York

  • Northport Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Northport, New York

  • Molloy College Suffolk Center, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Farmingdale, New York

  • Marist College, From the Field Lecture Series, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Poughkeepsie, New York

  • Island Trees High School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Island Trees, New York

  • Harborfields Public Library, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Greenlawn, New York

  • Earthstock Alumni Panel at Stony Brook University, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Stony Brook, New York

  • Cinema Arts Centre, featured speaker at screening of "A Plastic Ocean" documentary. Huntington, New York

  • The Knox School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” St. James, New York

  • Featured Earthstock Lecture at Stony Brook University, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Stony Brook, New York,

  • Harborfields Public High School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Greenlawn, New York

  • Northport High School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Northport, New York (two presentations)

  • Carolina Friends School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Durham, North Carolina

  • Cold Spring Harbor High School, "Exploring the Pacific Ocean and Beyond in Pursuit of Plastic: A discussion about plastic pollution, science and solutions.” Cold Spring Harbor, New York (two presentations)