Great Lakes Climate
Change Ecologist Kimberly Hall will be presenting the
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society Tuesday Talk on July 16
at the History Center in the Old School House, 130 Center
Street in Douglas. The talk begins at 11 am.
Hall, who is part
of The Nature Conservancy, will be presenting Climate Change
and West Michigan. She will describe climate changes that have
taken place over the past 100 years in Michigan and the Great
Lakes region. Some changes that will be specifically discussed
include changes in temperature, precipitation patterns and ice
cover. Changes specific to the Saugatuck - Douglas area will
also be discussed.
Hall studies the
long term trends of climate change in our region. These
changes have led to an impact on wild species, natural systems
and people. Changes have effected agriculture, water quality
and public health.
Finally, Hall will
speak about climate change adaptation. She believes there are
ways that we can use the information on what is changing and
what is sensitive to change to help protect people and nature
in the region. By restoring and protecting nature, climate
change - related risks to wild species and nature can be
Hall, who has a
background in wildlife conservation, came to working on
climate change after earlier work addressing habitat loss and
other risks to migratory birds. "I became convinced that
climate change was the most pressing threat to wild species,
and shifted my focus to this area," she said.
information on climate change in the Great Lakes Region, click
The talk is free
and the public is invited, but seating is limited so early
arrival is recommended.