Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Forestry Internet Seminar: Climate Change, Wildlife, and Woodlands

Cornell Universitie's March 18th ForestConnect webinar will focus on wildlife and woodland changes to expect. Those not registered for the webinars can do so through http://www.forestconnect.info/ (once, easy, and free)

Discussions of climate change in the popular press have highlighted negative effects on polar bears and arctic sea ice, but what will climate change mean for our environments in the Lower 48 and Northeast? Changes in temperature, season length, snowpack, and severe weather events are predicted. For some climate patterns, changes have occurred. As temperature and rainfall patterns change, some species will be favored while others are expected to decline. Some animal populations will increase in number, while others will decline or shift to new areas. During this webinar we will discuss how our forests may change and how different kinds of wildlife may be affected, and explore practical steps you can take to manage your water, woods and wildlife in the face of change.

The ForestConnect Internet Seminar Series is an interactive web conference and was the first of its kind in the US. Each seminar uses the Internet to distribute, or webcast, a live and interactive presentation. Since May 2007, web-based seminars have connected forest owners, managers, and practitioners from throughout the United States and overseas. More than 800 owners and managers from 40 states and three countries are registered and receiving announcements for the monthly webcasts.

Seminars occur on the third Wednesday of each month. Each webcast is provided live, twice. The initial broadcast each month is from noon to 1:00 PM with a repeat live broadcast the same day from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Eastern Time. Participation is as easy as a high-speed internet connection via a web browser. Participants will connect to a secure Cornell Cooperative Extension server to join the presentation. Participants must pre-register once, without charge, at http://www.forestconnect.info/. Email notification of internet URL details for the web conference will be sent to everyone registered.

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