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. 

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Bird Book Club - upcoming events

Find more Birds by Heather Wolf

Thursday February 29th 2024 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

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Seeing more birds than you ever imagined and witnessing exciting avian drama is possible—whether you’re on the go or in your own neighborhood, local park, or backyard. As Heather Wolf explains, it all comes down to how you tune in to the show happening around you, the one in which birds—highly skilled at staying under the radar—are the stars. In Find More Birds, Heather shares her very best tactics—and the jaw-dropping photographs they helped her capture.

  • Look for birds at their favorite “restaurants”— from leaf litter to berry bushes, and ball fields to small patches of mud.
  • Watch for “tree bark” that moves . . . you may find it has feathers.
  • Try simply sitting on the ground for a revealing new perspective.

Plus, special tips point the way to crowd favorites such as hummingbirds, owls, and eagles—and can’t-miss bird behaviors!

Alfie & Me by Carl Safina

Thursday, March 28th, 2024, 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

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When ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in a near-death baby owl, they expected that, like other wild orphans they’d rescued, she’d be a temporary presence. But Alfie’s feathers were not growing correctly, requiring prolonged care. As Alfie grew and gained strength, she became a part of the family, joining a menagerie of dogs and chickens and making a home for herself in the backyard. Carl and Patricia began to realize that the healing was mutual; Alfie had been braided into their world, and was now pulling them into hers. Alfie & Me is the story of the remarkable impact this little owl would have on their lives. 

The Wingsnappers, by Barney A. Schlinger 

Thursday, April 25th 2024, 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

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Birds, hormones, and extraordinary behavior: The story of the tiny but mighty golden-collared manakin of Panama
 
This book is the story of a remarkable bird, the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus) of Panama. Males of this species perform one of the most elaborate, physically complex, and noisy courtship displays of any animal on the planet. Barney A. Schlinger delves into the specialized neurons, muscles, bones, and hormonal systems underlying the manakin’s unique courtship behavior, creating a rich life-history account that integrates field observations and evolutionary biology with behavioral ecology, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and general ornithology.

Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World by Christian Cooper on Thursday May 23rd at 5pm PT, 6pm MT, 7pm CT, 8pm ET

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Christian Cooper is a self-described “Blerd” (Black nerd), an avid comics fan and expert birder who devotes every spring to gazing upon the migratory birds that stop to rest in Central Park, just a subway ride away from where he lives in New York City. While in the park one morning in May 2020, Cooper was engaged in the birdwatching ritual that had been a part of his life since he was ten years old when what might have been a routine encounter with a dog walker exploded age-old racial tensions. Cooper’s viral video of the incident would send shock waves through the nation.

In Better Living Through Birding, Cooper tells the story of his extraordinary life leading up to the now-infamous incident in Central Park and shows how a life spent looking up at the birds prepared him, in the most uncanny of ways, to be a gay, Black man in America today. From sharpened senses that work just as well at a protest as in a park to what a bird like the Common Grackle can teach us about self-acceptance, Better Living Through Birding exults in the pleasures of a life lived in pursuit of the natural world and invites you to discover them yourself.

Alien Worlds by Steve Nicholls on Thursday June 27th, 10 am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET  Register Here.           

             

Life on Earth depends on the busy activities of insects, but global populations of these teeming creatures are currently under threat, with grave consequences for us all. Alien Worlds presents insects and other arthropods as you have never seen them before, explaining how they conquered the planet and why there are so many of them, and shedding light on the evolutionary marvels that enabled them to thrive. Blending glorious imagery with entertaining and informative science writing, this book takes you inside the hidden realm of insects and reveals why their fate carries profound implications for our own.

 

  • Spectacular photos provide a rare, up-close look at the alien worlds of insects
  • Sheds light on the origins and wondrous diversity of insects
  • Discusses how insects first took to the air and colonised the far corners of our planet
  • Explores the extraordinary sensory world of insects
  • Explains the remarkable success of social insects, from termites and ants to bees and wasps

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