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Does it seem like mosquitoes are hanging around more lately? Blame climate change, said Aszya Summers, Racine Zoo conservation education manager.

Summers, who completed climate change interpreter training through Climate Generation and the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, will discuss the weather phenomenon, its impact locally and how residents can combat it during the 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 meeting of Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine Counties at River Bend Nature Center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Racine. The event is free and open to the public.

Some people believe climate change is a global issue that doesn’t affect them, said Summers. “But Wisconsin is the third-fastest warming state in the U.S.,” she said. “It affects things like lakes icing over later and the ice disappearing earlier, and when animals hibernate and migrate.”

Summers said the goal of her presentation is for people to better understand the situation, know what to do to reduce the problem.

Summers also has worked as an educator at the International Crane Museum in Baraboo, Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, South Carolina Aquarium and North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Summers said the goal of her presentation is for people to better understand the situation, know what to do to reduce the problem and, therefore, feel hopeful.

“Climate change is such a huge issue that it’s easy to shut down, like an emotional disconnect, and be overwhelmed by it,” she said. “People feel that it’s hard to take action when the problem is on a global, massive scale. But they are not alone in taking action to counter it.”

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.