Explore the legacy of world-renowned naturalist and ornithologist Dr. Robert Cushman Murphy and celebrate the Earth Day event presented by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization (WMHO). The family-friendly event, Wetlands Legacies, will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30am.  This one day only event will take place at WMHO’s Dr. Erwin Ernst Marine Conservation Center, in the pristine 88-acre West Meadow Preserve. Limited space, registration required; Tickets: Adults, $10, Children, $8. 

Adults and children alike will interact and participate in hands-on activities. The WMHO Youth Corps will lead exhibits including water quality testing, observing live crabs and fish, and creating a map of Cushman’s bird and mammal findings during his expedition of the South Atlantic to the Antarctic. Guest speakers include experts in the fields of Marine Biology, Ecology and the Environment, such as renowned professor of Ecology and Evolution, Dr. Jeffery Levinton. Never-before-seen drone footage of West Meadow habits will be shown, produced by Nathan Levinton. 

Created by Ward Melville, Dr. Erwin Ernst and Dr. Robert Cushman Murphy, the WMHO’s Dr. Erwin Ernst Marine Conservation Center (MCC) was established in the 1950s to educate Long Islanders about the ecology of the salt marshes and the importance of preserving and protecting such environments. The MCC hosts educational programs in-person seasonally and virtually all year-round. 

To learn more about the Wetlands Legacies event, to register or to learn more about the MCC, call the WMHO at (631) 751-2244.