Habitat Restoration and Climate Change at BIRE

Panelists discuss complex issues June 18 in Beacon

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University will present panelists Dr. April Beisaw, Vassar College assistant professor of anthropology; Eric Lind, Audubon’s Constitution Marsh director; and Dr. David Strayer, freshwater ecologist at Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, for a discussion of the quandary of habitat restoration in the age of climate change.

The event, moderated by Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin, will take place Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE), located at 199 Denning’s Ave. in Beacon.

The talk, titled “Planning Ahead in the Anthropocene,” is free and open to the public. Advance online registration is requested. Information about this and other Beacon Institute events can be found at bire.org/events.

Though some may argue about in which epoch we currently live, the “Anthropocene” seems to be emerging as a favored term, particularly by those concerned with the environment; the anthropogenic era is so-named for its reference to human activity as the dominant force behind changes in climate and the environment.

Beisaw, Lind and Strayer will provide varied perspectives on how our culture, environmental organizations and science communities are responding to the complex issues surrounding climate change. They will consider how predictions of sea-level rise, increases in invasive species and declining biodiversity stand to impact our environment and discuss options for protecting, restoring or adapting habitat now and in the future.