Attention bird lovers! On Saturday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m., top ornithologist Jeff Wells will lead a short bird walk at The Naturalist's Notebook. He will give a talk at 4 p.m. based on the new book he and his wife, Allison, have written, Maine's Favorite Birds. It will be a fun and relaxed afternoon—come for the walk, the talk or both, and enjoy refreshments on the Notebook's lovely deck afterward. Learn more about Maine's birds!
Here's some background on the two authors, from the publisher's biography:
"Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells are native Mainers whose families in Maine go back hundreds of years. Both lifelong birders, they began birding together when they met in college. After graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington, they went on to graduate programs at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where Jeff received his M.S. and Ph.D. and Allison, her M.F.A. Both stayed on at Cornell, Allison as communications director for the world-renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Jeff, also at the Lab, as director of bird conservation for National Audubon (first for New York State, then for the U.S.)
"They returned to Maine in 2004 to raise their child among family and Maine's spectacular environment. They have published hundreds of bird-related articles and have collaborated on many projects, including as co-contributors to the Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and as creators and webmasters of the websites arubabirds.com and bonairebirds.com, which provide field identification and bird-finding information about the birds of those popular vacation islands.
"Jeff is also the author of Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk, published in October 2007 by Princeton University Press, and editor of Boreal Birds of North America, published in 2011 by University of California Press. Allison was coeditor of Birder's Life List and Diary (third edition) and contributed many bird family accounts to Scholastic's New Book of Knowledge.
"Jeff is now senior scientist for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign and is a visiting fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Allison is senior director of public affairs for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. They live in Gardiner with their son and two bird-watching indoor cats."
I should add that Jeff and Allison's new book is superbly illustrated by Evan Barbour (whose work you can see at http://evanbarbour.com/
Don't Forget... Naturalist and writer Bernd Heinrich will be giving a Notebook-sponsored talk at the Schoodic Education and Research (SERC) Institute at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 20, and will be appearing and doing a 4 p.m. talk at The Naturalist's Notebook on Tuesday, Aug. 21. That same day—we're calling it Big Bang Day—Olympic runner Lynn Jennings will be talking with Sports Illustrated's Craig Neff about running and Olympics at an 11:30 picnic on the Seal Harbor green. Bring lunch if you'd like!