Bird Book Club

Meet the author and discuss the book. These sessions are for people who love to read about birds. We’ll begin our Bird Book Club as part of World Migratory Bird Day 2020, which celebrates the many ways Birds Connect Our World – including our love of reading and learning. 

Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert

THURSDAY, July 16, 2020 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET Register HERE

Book Orders: Books are just $20, which includes the author’s signature and shipping. To order, purchase through our shop by clicking HERE.

About the Book: In Unflappable, wildlife rehabilitator Luna Burke and unsuspecting getaway driver Ned Harrelson attempt to smuggle a homicidal Bald Eagle from a private zoo in Key West to an eagle sanctuary. Hot on their trail is her soon-to-be ex-husband and a small army of authorities; helping her is a lethal Navy SEAL turned panther advocate and an underground railroad of wildlife rescuers. Waiting in Ontario is  a legendary old eco-warrior more than willing to provide refuge.

Birdwatching Magazine writes that, “If you like well-told fiction that is grounded in the real world – especially the world of birds, wildlife refuges, and wildlife rehabbers – then you’ll enjoy Suzie Gilbert’s debut novel. She takes readers on a wild, comic, sweet ride. The story follows 25-year-old Luna Burke, who is licensed to take care of injured and orphaned wildlife, as she smuggles a live Bald Eagle from her billionaire husband’s private zoo in Florida to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. The situations she encounters along the way will keep you flipping the pages.”

It’s  “a book with quirky characters playing out a rollicking, adventurous plot” (Johannes E. Riutta, the Well-Read Naturalist).  

The author, Suzie Gilbert, wrote the popular children’s book Hawk Hill and a memoir, Flyaway: How A Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings. You can also follow her blog on 10,000 BirdsShe is the winner of the 2014 Alice Curtis Desmond Award, which recognizes authors and illustrators. Ms. Gilbert lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.  


Project Puffin by Stephen Kress

THURSDAY, August 13, 2020 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

Register HERE

Book Orders: Books are just $20 (paperback) + shipping, and you can receive 15% off the price if you use the code bookclub15.  Proceeds from all Project Puffin Visitor Center sales benefit the ongoing conservation and research for puffins and other Maine seabirds.To order, purchase through our shop by clicking HERE.

About the Book: Learn how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. As a young ornithology instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Dr. Stephen W. Kress learned that puffins had nested on nearby islands until extirpated by hunters in the late 1800s. To right this environmental wrong, he resolved to bring puffins back to one island, Eastern Egg Rock. Yet bringing the plan to reality meant convincing skeptics, finding resources, and inventing restoration methods at a time when many believed in “letting nature take its course.”   Today, more than 1,000 puffin pairs have been restored to Eastern Egg Rock. 

The world needs more people like Steve Kress, whose singular commitment and passion-a dedication to one person at one island-has had a global impact. This book brings his story wonderfully and personally to life. I’m sure it will inspire and encourage a new generation of caretakers of the natural world.  (David Sibley, author of the Sibley Guides) 

The author, Stephen W. Kress, is the founder of National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin.  Prior to his recent retirement, he served Audubon as Vice President for Bird Conservation and Director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp. His work in seabird conservation and habitat restoration is world renowned.