“The Private Lives of Public Birds” with Jack Gedney
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Join us for a visit to the enchanted world of not–so–ordinary birds with local author Jack Gedney in this free event.
Gedney’s studies of birds provide resonant, affirming answers to the questions: Who is this bird? In what way is it beautiful? Why does it matter? This illustrated talk is drawn from his new book of essays that each illuminates the life of a single species and its relationship to humans, and how these species can help us understand birds in general.
A dedicated birdwatcher and teacher, Gedney finds wonder not only in the speed and glistening beauty of the Anna’s hummingbird, but also in her nest building. He acclaims the turkey vulture’s and red-tailed hawk’s roles in our ecosystem, and he venerates the inimitable California scrub jay’s work planting acorns.
Knowing that we hear birds much more often than we see them, Gedney offers his expert’s ear to help us not only identify bird songs and calls but also understand what the birds are saying. The crowd at the suet feeder will never look quite the same again.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at a wine reception following the event.
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Jack Gedney was born in Marin County, studied literature and natural history at UC Berkeley, and is a co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Novato. Jack writes On the Wing, the Marin Independent Journal’s biweekly column on local birds, and has also published a guide to the native trees of the Bay Area.
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