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Charlestown Land Trust Members’ Annual Meeting: “You Saw a WHAT? Community Science and Conservation in a Time of Climate Change”

  • Presented By: Charlestown Land Trust
  • Dates: October 28, 2021
  • Location: Kettle Pond Visitor Center
  • 50 Bend Rd
  • Charlestown, RI 02813
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Price: free
  • (401) 213-4422
  • Charlestown Land Trust Members’ Annual Meeting with guest speaker David Gregg of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey presenting “You Saw a WHAT? Community Science and Conservation in a Time of Climate Change” Charlestown Land Trust’s annual meeting of members will be held on Thursday, October 28 at 5:00 PM at the Kettle Pond Visitors Center, 50 Bend Rd in Charlestown. Please RSVP at clt@charlestownlandtrust.org if you are interested in attending! Following the business meeting David Gregg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, will give an illustrated presentation on community science and conservation. For at least 120 years, conservation has been guided by understandings about species and ecosystems developed as far back as the 18th century. Stasis and continuity have been foundations for understanding the biological world. Now with climate change, we live in a world of ecological novelty so what are the limits of prior knowledge and typical methods? Using examples from historic records and recent discoveries in Rhode Island biodiversity, Gregg will talk about new opportunities for local land trusts and community-based observers to participate in environmental science and conservation going forward. The Rhode Island Natural History Survey is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 with a mission to connect people knowledgeable about Rhode Island's animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation. Its activities include Rhode Island BioBlitz; the Rhody Native plant initiative; invasive species response and education; and support for partners including RIDEM, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the land trust community statewide. David Gregg has been director of the Natural History Survey since 2004. He grew up exploring the woods, fields, and shores of Cape Cod and began collecting insects at age 13. By training, David is an archaeologist, with fieldwork in Europe and Alaska. David has hosted documentary videos and published on topics including educational enrichment, science communication, prehistoric archaeology, and museum studies. Please join us! RSVP at clt@charlestownlandtrust.org Marsh work photo courtesy of RINHS.org