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PVAS to host light pollution workshop

By Staff | Jul 24, 2015

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Natural History Workshop on light pollution the morning of Saturday, July 25 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville.

It will be entitled, “Wasted Light, Stolen Night: An Introduction to Light Pollution.” It will be led by Laura Kitchin Greenleaf, a Richmond, Virginia-based Master Naturalist who co-leads the Virginia chapter of the International Dark Sky Association.

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest but space will be limited and pre-registration is required. Register on the PVAS website at www.potomacaudubon.org.

There will also be a fee of $10 for PVAS members and $15 for nonmembers.

Ms. Greenleaf has been has been active in educating audiences about light pollution issues and supporting community members and advocates working to turn the tide of light pollution. She delivers presentations for conferences, nonprofit organizations, community groups and government agencies.

During this workshop, she will explain why light pollution has increased exponentially over the past fifty years; its impacts and implications; and the ways in which it can be mitigated through more informed, thoughtful approaches to outdoor lighting and the utilization of improved technology and design techniques.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. The entrance is located on old Route 9, near Short Road, across from the Food Lion store. The workshop will be held in the Education Room of the facility’s Main Office building.

There is plenty of parking on site.

This event is one of a series of Natural History Workshops on different natural history topics the Society is sponsoring this year.

These Workshops are intended for people who are interested in learning about particular natural history topics in considerable depth but cannot commit to pursue the much more comprehensive natural history education available through PVAS’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program, which can take a year or more to complete.

For more information contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.