The series will begin on July 13th with “Overview of the NY State Mesonet, Regional Weather Patterns and Phenomenon Uncovered,” led by Scott McKim, Research Support Specialist, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, University at Albany. The U-Albany-operated NY State Mesonet is a state-wide network of 126 research-quality weather stations with at least one station in every county. It was rolled out in 2015 and is designed to provide accurate real-time weather and soil moisture measurements for application in agriculture, weather forecasting, emergency management, state transportation, utility grid, insurance, and recreational sectors. McKim will explain how the network is being utilized to better monitor and understand high-impact severe weather events in this age of heightened interest in climate change impacts in NY. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on local North Country weather phenomenon uncovered by this new dense network of weather stations and a look ahead at the summer and fall weather forecast.
The next lecture, set for July 27th, “Birds and Climate in NY’s High-Elevation Boreal Forest” will be led by Jeremy Kirchman, Ph.D., Curator and Ornithologist, New York State Museum. The songbirds that breed in the evergreen forests of the Catskills and Adirondacks are the subject of ongoing research. In this talk, Dr. Kirchman will share what climate data, field surveys, and DNA sequence analyses have revealed about the evolution of these bird communities and the ways that certain species have responded to recent climate change.
The August 10th lecture, “The History of the ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station Summit Weather Observatory,” will be led by Paul Casson, Operations Manager, ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station. The ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station Summit Weather Observatory has been in operation for over 50-years. This presentation documents the evolution of this iconic local landmark, from initial construction to present day instrumentation and operations.
The series will end on August 24th with “Ecological Restoration and a Practice of Healing,” with Craig Milewski, Ph.D., MFA, Professor, Natural Sciences, Paul Smith’s College. Ecological restoration has emerged as a discipline aimed at restoring ecosystem function and biodiversity, increasing resilience in a changing climate, and cultivating a more harmonious relationship to our ecology. In this presentation, the promise and appeal of ecological restoration as a practice of healing and as a lived experience is shared.
This series is free and open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. Registration can be completed online.
Photo of barn owl landing on a falconers hand courtesy Wikimedia user Carlos Delgado.