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Central Colorado Humanists (CCH) upcoming Sunday Science Program will feature the Dark Sky Initiative, by presenters Jinan Martini and Dominique Naccarato. The session is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 13  at the Salida Scout Hut, located at 210 E. Sackett St. in Salida.

Martini and Naccarato will  introduce the International Dark Sky Association and the local Dark Sky Initiatives that are underway. They will present information regarding the impact of light pollution on wildlife, humans, and the energy wasted by excessive lighting.

Other local communities have already achieved a Dark Sky designation, as well as the Sand Dunes National Monument, and there is hope that Salida can join the Dark Sky community.

Martini worked as a raft guide in the area in the 1980’s before pursuing her college degree at Colorado College, and earned her MSW at CSU.  She returned to Salida about seven years ago after living in Wyoming, Alaska, and New York. She became involved with the Dark Sky initiative due to the bright lights outside and shining into her Salida home.

Naccarato is the Executive Director of the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA). She has been deeply involved for many years in Chaffee County. She earned her BS degree at the University of Colorado and her master’s in environmental management from Western State.

The Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science presentations on the first Sunday (usually) of each month. Each presentation is informative and features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the talk will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. A discussion will follow the talk. This will be a live presentation, which will be recorded and placed on the CCH website, it will not be available on Zoom.

While the COVID-19 virus remains a serious community concern, the Chafee County Humanists are not requiring attendees to wear masks.

Featured image: Trout Creek with Milky Way in the sky. photo credit- Erick S. Miller