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Talk on Arctic narwhal expedition

Talk on Arctic narwhal expedition

Wednesday, Sept. 26: It’s said that, in centuries past, the spiral tusks of narwhals were regarded as proof of the existence of unicorns. Marine biologists studying this elusive cetacean today are discovering that this “horn” – in fact, an overgrown tooth – has ingenious if not magical properties.

“Green Amendment” lecture at SUNY-Ulster

“Green Amendment” lecture at SUNY-Ulster

Monday, Sept. 17: There’s a growing rumble of popular interest in a movement to pass a “Green Amendment” or Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution. It takes varying forms, but in general would establish a constitutional right to a healthy environment, grant the natural environment “personhood” and standing in court and/or require large corporations to recertify at regular intervals that their business practices are environmentally responsible or lose their charters.

Day of the Bird at Storm King Art Center

Day of the Bird at Storm King Art Center

Sunday, August 12: One of the thought-provoking works on view is Birds Watching by Jenny Kendler, current artist-in-residence with the Natural Resources Defense Council. It’s a site-specific installation of 100 reflective aluminum signs, each depicting a large scaled, realistic bird’s eye. Each represents a species of bird facing the threat of extinction due to climate change. The birds are watching us humans, it seems to say, to find out what we’re going to do about it.