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  • Mass Audubon Climate Experts Featured Guests for Maria Mitchell Association's Science Speaker Series

    August 3, 2020                                                    
    CONTACT: Kelly Bernatzky 
    Alexandra Vecchio 


    LINCOLN, MA— Join Mass Audubon’s Climate Change Program Director, Alexandra Vecchio, and Climate Change Adaptation Ecologist, Dr. Danielle Perry, for the next lecture in the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s Science Speaker Series, taking place by Zoom on Thursday, August 13, at 7 p.m. 

    In their presentation, “Nature’s Value in Solving our Climate Crisis,” Vecchio and Perry will deliver an overview of how actions-focused climate advocacy and nature-based solutions can safeguard our world from the impacts of climate change.  

    They will discuss how the state Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program can help communities adapt to a warming planet, share examples of nature-based climate strategies, and discuss habitat management initiatives that enhance the resilience of various coastal ecosystems.  

    As a conservation leader in New England, Mass Audubon is committed to taking bold action to combat the climate crisis. This organization-wide priority threads though all aspects of its work, from the advancement of climate policy at the local and state levels to the ecological restoration and management of its more than 38,000 acres of protected land, and recognize the need for urgency to protect people and wildlife alike. 

    Vecchio, who holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is responsible for implementing Mass Audubon’s statewide Climate Action Plan. In particular, she oversees the organization’s climate change education programs, public outreach and community engagement, local climate advocacy efforts, internal and external climate communications, and offers scientific and policy consultation to external partners. 

    Perry is working to improve the resiliency of Mass Audubon sanctuaries to climate change impacts. In her position, she is evaluating the vulnerability of sanctuaries to climate change effects and implementing climate change adaptation projects to improve resiliency of these environments. She is also responsible for developing external partnerships with cities and towns, nonprofit organizations, environmental agencies, and other partners to enhance the resiliency of Massachusetts lands and resources in order to prepare for climate change impacts. 

    Please register at mariamitchell.org

    The Maria Mitchell Association Science Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Island Resorts, the Osceola Foundation, and ACKlimate. 

    The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages. 

    Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. 

    Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.