NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Green Living Series will continue to offer seminars on “Science and Management of Invasive Species” on Thursday, Feb. 16, with “Invasive Plants and Managing Regional Biodiversity,” by Chris Buelow of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.

All of the lectures in this series are free and open to the public. They take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121.

Buelow is the restoration ecologist for the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, where he has spent the past 16 years restoring and managing rare species habitats, and important natural communities across the Commonwealth. This work involves the identification, assessment and prioritization of the state’s rare and imperiled resources, as well as the planning, implementation and monitoring of needed conservation actions for these resources.

As part of this work, Buelow has worked in a wide range of communities – from the calcareous wetlands of the Berkshires to the barrens of Cape Cod and the Islands – and with a broad range of rare and highly specialized species, especially invertebrates, plants and birds.  Most of his projects involve either restoring or mimicking critical disturbance regimes to the landscape (particularly fire) or removing stressors to these resources (particularly invasive species). 

Prior to his position with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Buelow spent a decade working across the Unites States on a variety of avian research and management projects, which primarily were focused on endangered species.

He lives with his family in Hardwick, where he spends much of his spare time exploring the ecology of the local landscape.

This Green Living Series will continue on Thursdays through April 20.

For more information, go to or contact Dr. Daniel Shustack, or (413) 662-5301. Podcasts of the seminars will be posted online following each presentation at

The 2017 Green Living Seminar series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the MCLA Environmental Studies Department.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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