Conservationist to talk ‘climate stewardship’ in Sonoma

Author and conservation biologist Adina Merenlender will be at Readers' Books on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. to discuss her book, “Climate Stewardship: Taking Collective Action to Protect California.”

Merenlender’s work focuses on land-use planning, watershed science, landscape connectivity and stewardship training. She is an internationally recognized conservation biologist who has published more than 100 scientific research articles as a Cooperative Extension Specialist at UC Berkeley.

Merenlender comes to Sonoma at a time when California has proven particularly vulnerable to climate challenges – from suffering extreme wildfires to drought – but the state is also among the most active when it comes to environmental action.

“While we all know that climate change has become a global and local issue, it can be hard to find accessible action plans on the individual level,” said Readers’ Books officials in an announcement of the event. In the book, Merenlender and her co-author Brendan Buhler showcase the driving forces behind California’s environmental movement, providing hope and inspiration for the groundwork to prevent climate disruption. “Climate Stewardship” also features original drawings by Obi Kauffman, author of “The California Field Atlas,” which add an artistic element to the text. “By spanning diverse biosystems and the equally diverse climate stewards who work to protect them, “Climate Stewardship” gives much-needed hope to everyone who loves the natural world,” the announcement said.

Attendees are required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status; when out of doors, the bookstore asks that people use their discretion in keeping safe, including maintaining social distance. Due to unpredictable shifts in health regulations, the event may need to be rescheduled. Check for updates.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St. Call 939-1779.

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