Del Norters have a chance to learn how climate change may affect their local beaches.

Kim McFarland, director of Friends of the Dunes, will lead a slide presentation Sunday titled “Studying Coastal Resiliency to Climate Change,” focusing on the latest research from the Dunes Climate Ready Study project.

Following the presentation, the latest Tolowa Dunes Stewards nature program, the organization’s program director, Sandra Jerabek, will lead a two-mile round trip walk to a nearby dunes restoration area.

Beaches have been disappearing up and down the California coast, according to a Tolowa Dunes Stewards press release. The Dunes Climate Ready Study project has been tracking the movement of sand and sediment along a 32-mile stretch of coastline in the hopes of finding solutions to the rising sea levels, beach and bluff erosion, extreme weather events, flooding, increasing temperatures, and changing rainfall patterns brought about by climate change.

McFarland is a Humboldt State University graduate and has done extensive research on the nesting and mating behavior of the native silver bee, according to the press release. She became involved with Friends of the Dunes through its coast naturalist training and served on its board of directors before becoming executive director.

The program begins at 1 p.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, long sleeves and pants and bring drinking water and mosquito repellent.

For more information, call Sue Calla at 707-465-6191.

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