Bird Book Club

Our book club is an opportunity to read books, meet the authors, and join others in fun discussions. We meet once each month on a Thursday for about one hour beginning at 8 p.m. EST. To join, you must register for each session. Links are provided with upcoming books below. Visit our SHOP to purchase current and past books. 

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See what we’ve read! 

Recordings available FOR RECENT SESSIONS

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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Purchase the book HERE

See a short trailer HERE

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. 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 Zarankin is a writer and self-proclaimed birdsplainer with a particular fondness for sewage lagoons. Her writing has appeared in The WalrusOrion MagazineThreepenny ReviewAntioch ReviewBirding Magazine, and The Globe.

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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Purchase your book in hardcover or ebook  HERE.

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.

About the author: Scott Weidensaul is a Pennsylvania-based naturalist and author. He was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for his book Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. 

 

 

In Search of Meadowlarks. by John Marzluff

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

Register: Here 

Book order Here

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.

About the author: John Marzluff studies how humans affect birds through habitat fragmentation and increased urbanization, as well as the challenges of conserving birds on islands. Conversely, he also interested in all the ways that birds affect people – how, for instance, birds influence art or language. He has written several popular science books including Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans. 

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

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.

About the author: Julie 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. She is also the author of Natural Gardening for Birds, Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect, and Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest.

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 order HERE

About the book:

Becoming Wild brings readers into intimate proximity with various nonhuman individuals in their free-living communities. It presents a revelatory account of how animals function beyond our usual view. Safina shows that for non-humans and humans alike, culture comprises the answers to the question, “How do we live here?” It unites individuals within a group identity. But cultural groups often seek to avoid, or even be hostile toward, other factions. By showing that this is true across species, Safina illuminates why human cultural tensions remain maddeningly intractable despite the arbitrariness of many of our differences. Becoming Wild takes readers behind the curtain of life on Earth, to witness from a new vantage point the most world-saving of perceptions: how we are all connected.

 

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. 

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

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.

About the author:

Laura Erickson is the author of several bird books, including The Love Lives of Birds and The Bird Watching Answer Book, and is coauthor of Into the Nest. A recipient of the American Birding Association’s Roger Tory Peterson award, she has served as science editor at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, an editor of Bird Scope magazine, and a columnist and contributing editor for Birdwatching magazine. She produces For the Birds, a long-running public radio program and podcast, and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Find her online at lauraerickson.com.

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