REDDING .—A scientist who uses the observations in
Henry David Thoreau’s journals
as the basis for his groundbreaking studies on climate change will discuss
“Walden’s Plants and Animals: From Thoreau to Today” at 1 p.m. June 1 at Highstead
Primack, professor of biology at Boston University, has used Thoreau’s journal
to compare flowering times, the flight times of butterflies and the arrival of
migratory birds from 150 years ago to today. By studying 32 spring-flowering
native plants from a variety of habitats, Primack has discovered that they are
now flowering much earlier. Migratory birds are also arriving earlier, but are
changing less than plants," the release said.
using Concord as a living laboratory to determine the effects of climate change
on species, and land use changes on the population dynamics of native and
non-native species,” said Primack, also in the release.
Prior to the talk, Ecologist Ed Faison and Operations Manager Geordie Elkins will
give a guided tour of the Highstead property from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the release said.
public is welcome to join the walk and hear about the organization’s expanding
observational studies and ecological monitoring that help document the natural
world and changes over time."
An RSVP is required for both the guided walk and
the lecture as space is limited: 203-938-8809
Highstead trails will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for self-guided
tours and visits to the laurel collection in bloom.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed, courtesy of David DeFusco, communications director for Highstead. The photo is for illustration only. Click one of the buttons below to share it.
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