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

Birdpedia by Christopher Leahy

THURSDAY, September 23, 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:  

Birdpedia is an engaging illustrated compendium of bird facts and birding lore. Featuring nearly 200 entries—on topics ranging from plumage and migration to birds in art, literature, and folklore—this enticing collection is brimming with wisdom and wit about all things avian.

About the author:

Christopher Leahy sheds light on “hawk-watching,” “twitching,” and other rituals from the sometimes mystifying world of birding that entail a good deal more than their names imply. He explains what kind of bird’s nests you can eat, why mocking birds mock, and many other curiosities that have induced otherwise sane people to peer into treetops using outrageously expensive optical equipment. Leahy shares illuminating insights about pioneering ornithologists such as John James Audubon and Florence Bailey, and describes unique bird behaviors such as anting, caching, duetting, and mobbing. He discusses avian fossils, the colloquial naming of birds, the science and history of ornithology, and more. The book’s convenient size makes it the perfect traveling companion to take along on your own avian adventures.

With charming illustrations by Abby McBride, Birdpedia is a marvelous mix of fact and fancy that is certain to delight seasoned birders and armchair naturalists alike.

A MOST REMARKABLE CREATURE by  Jonathan Meiburg THURSDAY, November 25, 2021 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were “tame and inquisitive . . . quarrelsome and passionate,” and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it.

Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they’re very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.

About Jonathan Meiburg:

In 1997, Jonathan Meiburg received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to remote communities around the world, a year-long journey that sparked his enduring fascination with islands, birds, and the deep history of the living world. Since then, he’s written reviews, features, and interviews for print and online publications including The Believer, The Talkhouse, and The Appendix on subjects ranging from a hidden exhibit hall at the American Museum of Natural History to the last long-form interview with author Peter Matthiessen. But he’s best known as the leader of the band Shearwater, whose albums and performances have often been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Pitchfork. He lives in central Texas.

MORE BIRDS THAN BULLETS  by  Geoffrey McMullan  THURSDAY, January 27, 2022 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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Geoffrey McMullan is a leading inspiration in the field of nature connection and nature-based therapy as well as creative outdoor learning experiences, for individuals, families, schools and businesses in the UK and worldwide. He has been involved in outdoor learning for 30 years and nature-based therapy for over 20 years. He is the author of a series of nature-based activities books as well as other books both fiction and non-fiction.

In 1983 he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) from the Queen for his services to conservation and Anglo-German Relations, by establishing a Nature Reserve in Germany.

As a keen birder he has travelled the world extensively in his search for birds. He shares his stories in his latest book ‘More Birds Than Bullets’. His passion for birds fly off from the pages and tells of the interesting and fascinating places and people he has met along the way, including his time spent in the British Army.

Naturalized Parrots of the World: Distribution, Ecology, and Impacts of the World’s Most Colorful Colonizers by Stephen Pruett-Jones

February 24, 2022 at 5 pm PT, 6 pm MT, 7 pm CT, 8 pm ET

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There are more than 350 species of parrots in the world, and approximately 300 of these species have been transported to other countries through the caged pet trade. Whether through escaped captivity or purposeful release, many of these parrots are now breeding in new habitats. Indeed, no less than 75 species of parrots have established breeding populations in countries where they were introduced, and parrots are now among the most widely distributed group of birds. Naturalized Parrots of the World is the first book to examine this specific avian population.

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