FALMOUTH — The National Resources Council of Maine and Maine Audubon are teaming up to bring panel of Maine scientists together at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 to talk about the impact of climate change on Maine’s native wildlife, from birds to shellfish.

After their presentation, NRCM Clean Energy Director Dylan Voorhees will talk briefly about how the U.S. is addressing climate change — and what more we should be doing, Emmie Theberge, NRCM Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, stated Wednesday in a news report.

“Join us to learn more about the impacts and what we can do together to fight climate change,” Theberge said.

The presentations and discussion will be held at Maine Audubon headquarters at 20 Gilsland Farm Road in Falmouth. Space is limited for the free event, so those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP to Emmie Theberge, NRCM Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected].

Climate Change Impacts on Maine Wildlife panelists and topics include:

* Dr. Mark Green from St Joseph’s College, who will be speaking about his work on marine animals.

* Steve Walker from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, who will be speaking about his involvement in a statewide assessment of the vulnerability of Maine wildlife species and habitats to a changing climate and the implications for habitat conservation and management.

* Dr. Brian Olson from the University of Maine in Orono, who will be speaking about his work on impacts of climate change on birds.

The format will be 10 minutes for each panelist to speak on their research or recent activities related to wildlife and climate change, another 15 to 20 minutes for all panelists to answer some prepared questions posed by the moderator, and another 20 to 30 minutes for a question and answer session with the audience.

“Climate change poses serious threats to wildlife and people,” Theberge said.

“Fortunately, we know what’s causing the changes and we know what needs to be done to chart a better course for the future. Now, we need action! Come learn more, meet others who share your passion, and make a difference to fight climate change,” he said.


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