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.

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The Great  Penguin Rescue by Dyan de Napoli

THURSDAY, January 28, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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Click here to see a short introduction video from the author.

Book Orders: Purchase your book in hardcover or ebook  HERE.

About the Book: The Great Penguin Rescue is the unforgettable and heartwarming true story of the largest and most successful animal rescue ever undertaken. When a carrier named the MV Treasure sank off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa in June of 2000, the oil that spilled from the ship threatened to kill nearly half of the entire world population of African penguins.

A massive rescue effort was immediately launched, and 120 penguin experts – including the author – flew to Cape Town from around the globe to help manage the care of the 40,000 penguins harmed by the oil spill. 12,500 volunteers who had no prior animal experience also showed up at the rescue centers with nothing more than a fervent desire to help save the oiled birds. Over the 3-month course of the rescue, these dedicated and caring volunteers donated over one-half-million hours of their time and energy to help the penguins in their greatest hour of need.

Hailed as an “exciting nature drama” by the Boston Globe“a real-life eco-thriller with a happy ending” by the New York Post, and “a powerful story that needs to be heard” by The Birder’s LibraryThe Great Penguin Rescue reminds us that one person truly can make a difference; and that when we come together and work as one, we can achieve extraordinary things!

Birds in Winter by Roger Pasquier

THURSDAY, February 25, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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About the Book: Birds in Winter is the first book devoted to the ecology and behavior of birds during this most challenging season. Birds remaining in regions with cold weather must cope with much shorter days to find food and shelter even as they need to avoid predators and stay warm through the long nights, while migrants to the tropics must fit into very different ecosystems and communities of resident birds. Roger Pasquier explores how winter affects birds’ lives all through the year, starting in late summer, when some begin caching food to retrieve months later and others form social groups lasting into the next spring. During winter some birds are already pairing up for the following breeding season, so health through the winter contributes to nesting success.

About the author: Roger Pasquier has been birding since he was seven years old, when he began in New York City’s Central Park.  He continues to go there every day during the peak weeks of the spring migration and for much of the fall migration, as well as during the other seasons.  A graduate of Columbia University, his career has been in science and conservation, in the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History and with the International Council for Bird Preservation (now BirdLife), the World Wildlife Fund-U.S., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Audubon Society.  Today, he is an associate in the Department of Ornithology, working on what he hopes will be another book.  His previous publications include Watching Birds: An Introduction to OrnithologyMasterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration, and Painting Central Park.  He has served on the boards and committees of several conservation organizations, including RARE and the Rainforest Trust.  Together with Central Park, his favorite place for birding and enjoying all of nature is the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Amazonian Peru. 

Field notes from an unintentional birder by Julia Zarankin

THURSDAY, March 25, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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About the Book: Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder tells the story of finding meaning in midlife through birds. The book follows the peregrinations of a narrator who learns more from birds than she ever anticipated, as she begins to realize that she herself is a migratory species: born in the former Soviet Union, growing up in Vancouver and Toronto, studying and working in the United States and living in Paris. Coming from a Russian immigrant family of concert pianists who believed that the outdoors were for “other people,” Julia Zarankin recounts the challenges and joys of unexpectedly discovering one’s wild side and finding one’s tribe in the unlikeliest of places.

About the author: Julia Zarankinis a writer and self-proclaimed birdsplainer with a particular fondness for sewage lagoons. Her writing has appeared in The WalrusOrion MagazineThreepenny ReviewAntioch ReviewBirding MagazineMaisonneuveThe New QuarterlyOntario Nature and The Globe and Mail. Zarankin’s essays are also featured in several anthologies. She won the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival nonfiction prize and has been first runner-up for PRISM International’s nonfiction prize, a finalist for the TNQ Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and twice longlisted for the CBC Nonfiction Prize. Julia also leads adventurous souls on tours around the world, including a Trans-Siberian railway adventure this coming May 2020 (WorldWide Quest), and teaches courses to lifelong learners about Russian and European culture and literature.

Her birding/life aspirations: “To sport the hairdo of a Cedar Waxwing, acquire the wardrobe of a Northern Flicker and develop the confidence of a Ross’s Goose.” She lives in Toronto, ON.

A World on the Wing by Scott Weidensaul

THURSDAY, April 22, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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About the BookAn exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations—how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis—is nothing short of extraordinary.

Bird migration entails almost unfathomable endurance, like a sparrow-sized sandpiper that will fly nonstop from Canada to Venezuela—the equivalent of running 126 consecutive marathons without food, water, or rest—avoiding dehydration by “drinking” moisture from its own muscles and organs, while orienting itself using the earth’s magnetic field through a form of quantum entanglement that made Einstein queasy. Crossing the Pacific Ocean in nine days of nonstop flight, as some birds do, leaves little time for sleep, but migrants can put half their brains to sleep for a few seconds at a time, alternating sides—and their reaction time actually improves.

These and other revelations convey both the wonder of bird migration and its global sweep, from the mudflats of the Yellow Sea in China to the remote mountains of northeastern India to the dusty hills of southern Cyprus. This breathtaking work of nature writing from Pulitzer Prize finalist Scott Weidensaul also introduces readers to those scientists, researchers, and bird lovers trying to preserve global migratory patterns in the face of climate change and other environmental challenges.

In Search of Meadowlarks. by John Marzluff

THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm E

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About the book: In this engaging and scientifically rigorous book, wildlife biologist John M. Marzluff takes a personal approach to sustainable agriculture. He travels to farms and ranches, from Nebraska to California to Montana to Costa Rica, to understand the unique challenges and solutions to sustainable food production.

Saving Jemima by Julie Zickefoose

THURSDAY, June 24 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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About the author

Julie Zickefoose lives and works quietly on an 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in the back country of Whipple, Ohio. She is a prolific writer and painter and Contributing Editor to Bird Watcher’s Digest. Natural Gardening for Birds, Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest are joined by Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-Luck Jay, the intimate story of how an orphaned bird can save a soul.

About the Book

Naturalist/artist/writer Julie Zickefoose thinks of herself as an unsung, minor, rather dirty superhero. Her superpower: saving small, economically worthless wildlife that would otherwise die. An orphaned jay named Jemima was one such foundling. Spending nearly a year healing, studying and raising the young blue jay for release opened the door to their world for Julie. She began writing and illustrating Saving Jemima: Life and Love With a Hard-luck Jay immediately upon becoming her foster motherMore than a wildlife rehab story, it’s the story of life, love and dealing with great loss; of finding grace and redemption in bonding with a wild bird. 

Becoming Wild by Carl Safina

Thursday, July 29th at 5pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

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Book available for pre order HERE

About the author:

Carl Safina’s lyrical non-fiction writing explores how humans are changing the living world, and what the changes mean for non-human beings and for us all. His work fuses scientific understanding, emotional connection, and a moral call to action. His writing has won a MacArthur “genius” prize; Pew, Guggenheim, and National Science Foundation Fellowships; book awards from Lannan, Orion, and the National Academies; and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He grew up raising pigeons, training hawks and owls, and spending as many days and nights in the woods and on the water as he could. Safina is now the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the PBS series  Saving the Ocean, which can be viewed free at . His writing appears in  The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, Audubon,  Yale e360, and  National Geographic, and on the Web at Huffington Post,, Medium, and elsewhere. Safina is the author of ten books including the classic Song for the Blue Ocean, as well as New York Times Bestseller Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel. His most recent book is  Becoming Wild; How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. He lives on Long Island, New York, with his wife Patricia and their dogs and feathered friends.

The Love Lives of Birds by Laura Erickson

THURSDAY, August 26, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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About the book:  From the lifelong devotion of the American crow to the dalliances of the eastern bluebird, from the bald eagle’s dazzling aerial display to the male ruby-throated hummingbird’s reputation as a “deadbeat dad” — courtship, mating, and parenting differ dramatically among birds. Ornithologist and author Laura Erickson takes readers on a romance-fueled romp through the love lives of 35 species, exploring the diversity of avian approaches to pairing up. Each species spotlight pairs Erickson’s remarkable depth of scientific knowledge with her talent for drawing humorous and insightful parallels between human and bird. The result is a riveting read for bird-watchers and nature lovers alike.

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