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NEXT MCLA 'GREEN LIVING' LECTURE TO EXAMINE 'PROTECTING NATURE'

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) continues its Green Living Seminar series on “Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” when Becky Cushing, director of Berkshire Sanctuaries for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, speaks on “Protecting the Nature of Massachusetts.”

This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

As a wildlife sanctuary director, Cushing is particularly interested in understanding the impacts of humans on wildlife and how land management practices can minimize that impact. She has worked throughout New England in the areas of land management, wildlife monitoring and environmental education projects.

Cushing recently published “Exploring the Role of Ospreys in Education” in the Journal of Raptor Research. She holds a master’s degree in plant biology from the field naturalist program at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., and a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.

Each spring semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional and national experts. Each series is organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2016 series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the Department of Environmental Studies at MCLA.

This spring, MCLA’s Green Living Seminars is examining the relationship between people and wildlife, both locally and more broadly.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Dr. Elena Traister, chair of the environmental studies program at MCLA, (413) 662-5303.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/