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O.W.L.S. topic features climate change in the Arctic

Story County Conservation invites the public to the monthly O.W.L.S. (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) program at the Story County Conservation Center at McFarland Park (56461 180th Street) northeast of Ames. “The Northern Passage in the Era of Climate Change” will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.

David Thoreson will give an in-depth look at the science of climate change with an emphasis on the Arctic. He will discuss the state of the polar ice cap, changes in native villages, culture, tourism, resource development, and the northern sea routes with increasing shipping and commerce in the Arctic. This program has been funded by Humanities Iowa.

O.W.L.S. programs are designed for “boomers” or older – but anyone can attend. An optional luncheon follows the program at 12 p.m. Lunch is catered for a $7 fee, and registration is required for lunch by 3:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27. The planned lunch menu for October is honey baked ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and butter and apple pie.

For more information about this or other programs, contact Story County Conservation at 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday), email us at conservation@storycounty.com or visit www.storycountyconservation.com.

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