Environmental Book Club – March 31, 2021

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Jennifer Ackerman’s THE GENIUS OF BIRDS. During this pandemic, more of us are putting up bird feeders and watching the feathered shows, so why not learn more about their mental prowess?

Ackerman travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, and not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, THE GENIUS OF BIRDS celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

JENNIFER ACKERMAN has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include The Bird Way; Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body; Ah-Choo: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold; Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity; and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from Yale Scientific or The Guardian 

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