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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Getting Started with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society & Seal Survey Training

Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 – 2:00 pm


Presented by Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr

SealInterested in helping Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) promote marine conservation through action? Join us for an information session! We will meet to discuss what the organization does and how you can get involved, including joining our volunteer program, participating in a beach cleanup, attending a lecture, and more. Conservation starts with you!

Following our informational session we will be offering a Seal Survey training for those who are interested in volunteering for our seal cruise survey efforts this summer.

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is an organization of Biologists and Volunteers with decades of experience in marine mammal and sea turtle research and response. Their Mission is to promote marine conservation through

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society

AMCS Chief Scientist Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr. is a nationally recognized expert in the field of marine mammal and sea turtle strandings. He has responded to over 4,600 strandings and directed his team in various rescue and rehabilitation techniques, including the disentanglement of Leatherback sea turtles, animal transport, and post-rescue animal care. Rob has satellite tagged over 120 animals, including four species of seals, three species of dolphins, and four species of sea turtles. Additionally, he has coordinated the open water capture of two bottlenose dolphins in distress, and coordinated the first mass stranding response of common dolphins in New York. Rob lectures at both universities and community events about his first-hand experience with marine mammals and sea turtles.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 22, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Registration for the lecture is free although seasonal parking rates apply.

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