Protecting Dark Skies for Humans & Wildlife – Meeting 10-5-22

October 5, 2022 Chapter Meeting

Protecting Dark Skies for Humans & Wildlife

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The summer Milky Way rises over the MacDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas.
By spritnyuk via Adobe Stock

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, our speaker,  Karen McGraw, Ed.D., will talk about how almost every living thing on our planet uses the cycle of light and dark to trigger life processes.  

Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) and light pollution interrupts this cycle. This program will help us understand the effects of light pollution on living things, including ourselves, and how we can protect dark skies for humans and wildlife.

Participants will take home a new awareness about lighting practices, which allow us to have the light we need for nighttime activities while minimizing the negative effects of ALAN. You will learn what you can do to reduce light pollution (glare, light trespass, skyglow), increase safety, limit the negative consequences on wildlife, and create a more aesthetically pleasing nocturnal environment.   

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6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. See Covid protocol, below. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Our Speaker

Dr. Karen McGraw is a North Texas Regional Outreach Coordinator for the IDA Texas chapter (International Dark-Sky Association), an IDA Advocate, and a Texas Master Naturalist (Elm Fork Chapter). Karen is passionate about the reduction of light pollution to conserve dark skies for humans and wildlife. Since 2016, she has been involved in dark skies outreach and education for community, region, and state-wide events. She enjoys educating people and changing mindsets through community presentations, conference presentations, and hosting booths/tables at events.

Karen serves as North Texas Regional Outreach Coordinator for IDA Texas


Camera Roll

As usual, show up or tune in between 6:30 and 7 pm for an array of photos by TMNs. Send your favorite photos to the Camera Roll.

Covid Protocol

Please participate at the level you’re comfortable. We’re excited to meet in person, but we don’t take this decision lightly. We expect all attendees to consider the health and well-being of their fellow attendees and comply with all policies.

  • MASKS are recommended but not required at Dallas College. As of August 4, the Dallas County Covid Risk Level is Orange.
  • HAND SANITIZER will be available.
  • Food and drinks will not be provided, but you may bring your own and share with others if desired.

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