The North Shore Audubon Society will hold its monthly program on Tuesday, May
22, 2018, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk
Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030. All are invited, free of charge.
Public transit users: This location is a half-mile walk from the Manhasset
Mark Lowery will present “Preparing for Climate Change”.
Our changing climate is affecting both human-built environments and
ecological communities. Tropical storms make headlines, but other
climate-related risks are also on the increase. Signals of climate change
include alternating fierce droughts and intense rains, unprecedented heat
waves, earlier springs and later onset of frost, and the arrival of
heat-tolerant species and subtle decline of those less heat-tolerant. These
less dramatic changes might proceed quite far before their harmful effects are
This presentation will include an overview of climate science and an
examination of observed and expected effects of climate change, with a focus on
New York’s birds and other natural resources. Our speaker will then describe
several New York State programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to
our changing climate.
A 30-year veteran of the State Department of Environmental Conservation,
Mark Lowery has served as a climate policy analyst in DEC’s Office of Climate
Change since its formation in 2007. He previously worked as a senior wildlife
biologist, regional citizen participation specialist and chief of DEC’s Bureau
of Public Outreach. He currently oversees the office’s municipal support and
adaptation programs, including Climate Smart Communities and implementation of
the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which has included leading work to adopt
official state sea-level rise projections and to develop flood-risk management
guidance. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall
College, Lancaster, Pa. and a master’s degree in environmental and forest
biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science
and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.
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