Climate Change

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Date: May 12, 2014
Contact: ROGER STEPHENSON, 603 770 9484
Contact: Rick Kendall, 603 675-2175  x143

Contact: Roger Stephenson, NH Outreach Consultant Union of Concerned Scientists or 603 770 9484

Rick Kendall, Superintendent Saint- Gaudens NHS, 603 675 2175 ext 143


Three presentations in May and June at Saint-Gaudens NHS

Cornish -With Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a laboratory, presentations are scheduled for May 27, June 3, and June 10 at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site on the impacts from climate change to natural and historical resources.The presentations are free and begin at 6:00 pm in the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Visitor Center.Refreshments will be served for the June 3 and June 10 presentations.

May 27—Creating a climate of change in our national parks

 Ed Sharron is the Science Communication Specialist for the National Park Service's Northeast Temperate Network (NETN). NETN works with 13 parks in the Northeast through implementing several long-term natural resource monitoring programs including breeding birds, water quality, and forest health, which will help parks assess and mitigate climate change impacts. Ed has been speaking with the public about climate change for 15 years.

June 3 – Climate and life cycle of plants and animals

On June 3 NH Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension ecosystems specialist Alyson Eberhardt will present on climate change and natural life cycles in plants and animals. Eberhardt trains volunteers in phenology — seasonal changes — of plants and animals. Climatic events related to temperature, precipitation, snow, ice, and frost are affecting growing periods and life cycles of plants, birds, mammals and reptiles and amphibians.Species are shifting their life cycle "events" (budding in plants, dispersal and migration in birds or mammals, insect hatching) at different rates, partly because they respond to different climate cues, which in turn are shifting at different rates.  

"Phenology is nature's calendar," Eberhardt explained. "It's the timing of plant and animal life cycle events: Migration, reproduction, senescence. If you have seasonal allergies, you're probably already aware of the timing of plants releasing their pollen."

June 10—Climate and the Impacts to Treasured Cultural Resources

On June 10 experts Mary-Kate Ryan and Edna Feighner from the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources will present on observed and anticipated impacts to archaeological and historical resources consistent with human-induced climate change. Professionals in cultural heritage are entering the arena of climate change impacts because there is a growing sense that climate change can have harmful effects on our historic built environment, and in some cases is already having an impact because of combinations of historic land use, increased flooding, and changing climate conditions favoring insect pests and air pollution.

Rick Kendall, Superintendent of Saint- Gaudens National Historic Site ,will provide brief remarks before each presentation on climate change and the National Park System. A brief tour to explore impacts is scheduled as part of each presentation.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site is located off NH Route 12A just north of the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge. For further information on seasonal offerings, contact Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, 139 Saint-Gaudens Road, Cornish, NH, 03745, telephone (603) 675-2175, or visit the park web site


Last updated: February 26, 2015

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