Wildlife Conservation in a Changing World: Can Wildlife Adapt?

November 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Huntley Meadows Park Norma Hoffman Visitor Center
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria Virginia 22306
Friends of Dyke Marsh

Please join the Friends of Dyke Marsh on Wednesday evening November 13 at Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria to hear Dr. Sally Valdes, who will explore how climate change is affecting wildlife and offer some steps for addressing this threat.

Climate change is happening now. Even if we drastically reduce emissions soon, changes will continue into the future because greenhouse gases already emitted can stay in the atmosphere for decades. How will this affect wildlife? Can wildlife adapt? What can we do to help? Climate change on its own, and in combination with other stresses, may push many species to their limits. Climate change can adversely affect wildlife, for example, when the life cycles of interdependent species get out of sync and when rising coastal waters flood nesting sites. Too little or too much precipitation can stress whole ecosystems.

Dr. Valdes has a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology from Cornell University with minors in natural resource policy and ecosystem ecology. She worked for almost 25 years as a biologist in several federal government agencies. Since retiring, she has taught an environmental health and a wildlife ecology class. As a federal employee, Dr. Valdes served on an advisory group that developed the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and was responsible for integrating climate change concerns into environmental reviews of proposed federal projects.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and cosponsored by the Friends of Little Hunting Creek, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions and the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park. This free, public program is open to all at the Norma Hoffman Visitor Center, Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria Virginia 22306. FODM will host an informal social gathering at 7:00 p.m. before the event.

If you use a GPS device, be sure to enter the street address, not the park’s name.

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is a 485-acre tidal freshwater marsh on the Potomac River one mile south of Old Town Alexandria, administered by the National Park Service and part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The Friends of Dyke Marsh is a 40-year old conservation advocacy organization. Visit Friends of Dyke Marsh website: www.fodm.org