Next Monday, March 12, will be the next monthly meeting of the Cayuga Bird 
Club. Our speakers will be Alizé Carrère, National Geographic Explorer & 
Cultural Ecologist and Shawn Billerman, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell 
Laboratory of Ornithology. Alizé's presentation is titled:  Adapt and Thrive: 
Creatively Living in a Climate- Changed WorldIn 2012, Alizé received support 
from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent 
several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to 
severe deforestation. Learning of farmers who were turning erosional gullies 
into fertile pockets of farmland, her work evolved into a greater story of 
creativity and resourcefulness among the oft-repeated narrative of climate 
doom.    Shawn will begin the program with an introduction to the birds of 
Madagascar and the habitats they depend on.This will set the stage for Alizé , 
who will talk about the environmental degradation she has seen and the human 
responses to climate change she has studied.  With the persistence of climate 
change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive 
methods on the ground. At a time when doomsday narratives dominate the current 
climate conversation, adaptation plays an increasingly vital role for both its 
practical application and as a hopeful reminder of our resilience as a species. 
The meeting will be held at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Doors open 
at 7:00 pm and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15. Bird 
club business begins at 7:30 pm followed by the presentation. All are welcome, 
but seating is limited and if room capacity is reached, the building will be 
locked, so come early! Members are invited to join Alizé for dinner at 
Aladdin's in Collegetown just before the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 
Colleen Richards at  by noon Monday so reservations can be 
made.Colleen RichardsCorresponding SecretaryCayuga Bird Club
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