MCLA Green Living Seminar Begins Thursday, January 26


NORTH ADAMS, MA -Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) spring semester Green Living Seminar Series will begin with a presentation on "Biodiversity and Conservation in New York State Parks," by George Robinson, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Albany.

The lecture, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in MCLA's Murdock Hall room 218, is free and open to the public. The theme for this semester's lecture series is "Saving biodiversity: Protecting species in Berkshire County and Beyond." 

The presentation is the first in a 12-week series that will consider issues of local and global biodiversity conservation.

"These presentations will inform both students and community members about the importance of biodiversity and efforts to protect ecosystems and species on the brink of extinction," said Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental science.

"Lectures address the issue from a wide variety of angles - from efforts to protect the New England cottontail and rattlesnakes in Berkshire County to the influence of landscaping on bird biodiversity to strategies for incorporating biodiversity conservation into land use planning," Traister continued. "I hope participants will come away with a greater awareness of the imperative to conserve global biodiversity and what we are doing at the local level."

The seminars will take place Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. from Jan. 26 to May 3 in Murdock Hall, room 218. Future Green Living presentations include:

Feb. 2, "Medicinal Plant Conservation," presented by Emily Mooney, assistant professor of biology at MCLA

Feb. 9, "Land Conservation and the New England Cottontail," presented by Doug Bruce, stewardship manager at the Berkshire Natural Resources Council

Feb. 16, "Saving Biodiversity in the Berkshires," presented by Jane and Bruce Winn of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Feb. 23, "Rattlesnakes in the Berkshires," presented by Tom Tyning, professor of environmental science at Berkshire Community College

March 1, "Landscaping and Bird Biodiversity," presented by Susannah Lerman, post doctoral research assistant at the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station

March 8, "Biodiversity Conservation in Western Massachusetts," presented by a representative of the Nature Conservancy

March 22, "Massachusetts endangered species protection," presented by Jon Regosin, chief of Conservation Science for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

March 29, "The Changing Biodiversity of the Northeast," presented by Peter Alden, naturalist and writer

April 5, "Integrating Biodiversity into Land Use Planning," presented by Erik Kiviat, executive director of Hudsonia

April 12, "Ocean Biodiversity: Medicine, Fisheries and Marine Conservation," presented by Kathleen Frith, managing director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment



May 3, "How Manakin Birds Evolved the Ability to Produce Amazing Sounds," presented by Kim Bostwick, curator of bird and mammals at the Cornell University Museum.

Every semester, MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The series is sponsored by Eos Ventures, Inc. and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, as well as the MCLA's Environmental

For more information, go to greenliving or contact Traister at (413) 662-5303.