Shanan Smiley.

The local story of climate change will be explored during a lecture by Mohonk Preserve’s Shanan Smiley as part of the John Burroughs Natural Science Lecture at SUNY Ulster. Smiley will speak on “Climate Change at Mohonk: Weather and Species” at the event on April 26, 7:30 p.m., at the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall.

Smiley, the Conservation Biologist/Collections Manager at the Mohonk Preserve’s Daniel Smiley Research Center, will discuss how climate change is affecting many species in New York, looking at how temperature, precipitation and even the timing of the seasons have changed over the years. As the climate changes, species changes follow. Coupling the weather data with dates of first plant blooms and spring arrival dates of birds help illustrate the changes some species are making in response to the change in climate.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, call 687-5262.