Stager to speak at Grange

Curt Stager, left, will speak at the Whallonsburg Grange March 24.

Curt Stager, left, will speak at the Whallonsburg Grange March 24.

— The last two years of extreme weather is — according to historical records, models, and scientists — what global warming looks like in the North Country. On Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m., the Whallonsburg Grange Hall will host a presentation and discussion called Water Proof: Are rising water and shrinking ice the new norm for the North Country?

The program will examine the evidence and consequences of climate change in the Lake Champlain basin. Curt Stager, ecologist, science journalist and a professor at Paul Smith’s College, will talk about his current research project and the record of changes in the lake compiled by fishermen, boaters and lake shore residents. The April issue of Adirondack Life includes an article about this project.

Everyone is encouraged to share their own experiences at the program. There will be information on how you can get involved in helping to collect and record observations about the changing climate in our region. The program is sponsored by the Grange Lyceum series, Champlain Area Trails, Adirondack Life magazine, and the Adirondack Council. For more information visit www.thegrangehall.org.

Curt Stager is an ecologist, paleoclimatologist and science journalist. He co-hosts the weekly program, Natural Selections, on North Country Public Radio and teaches at Paul Smith’s College. His most recent book is “Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth.”

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