March 24, 2013

Of Interest: March 24, 2013

Paul Smith’s to host biologists who discovered new monkey species

PAUL SMITHS — Terese and John Hart, biologists who discovered a new species of primate in the Congo, will speak at the Paul Smith’s College Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar Series on Friday.

Their talk, titled “Discovery and Protection of Okapi, Bonobo, and a New Species of Monkey in a Central Congolese Forest,” will focus on conservation of the species including threats, and community-based conservation.

“Their discovery is remarkable,” said Paul Smith’s Prof. Eric Simandle in a press release. “It is rare to find a new animal species, rarer yet to find a new vertebrate species, and virtually unheard of to discover a new species of primate.”

Another seminar set for Wednesday will feature 1994 graduate Eric Crawford, a senior conservation officer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game assigned to the 1,100-square-mile Deary patrol area of northern Idaho, where he works as a field training officer as well as a certified arrest-techniques and ground-control instructor.

The seminars, which are free and open to the public, take place from 10:10 to 11 a.m. in the Freer Auditorium.

Complete Streets Committee to meet Tuesday

PLATTSBURGH — The Town of Plattsburgh Steering Committee for Complete Streets and Active Transportation will hold its monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the Town Hall, 151 Banker Road.

The “Complete Streets” Committee purpose is advocacy, education and advising the town regarding making roads safe for all users regardless of age, ability or modality. The committee is preparing an inventory of roadway infrastructure, building partnerships with other agencies and organizations and working on a Complete Streets policy for Town Council adoption.

The public is invited to attend. Contact the Town Planning Department, 562-6850, for further information.

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