Book Group

Welcome to the OPAS Book Discussion Group!

Do you enjoy reading and discussing books about the evolution, natural history, conservation, and appreciation of birds? If so, we’ve got great news. The OPAS Book Discussion Group meets each month (January – November) to discuss a pre-selected title.  We hope you’ll join us as we explore a variety of buzzworthy new books, literary prize winners, and influential classics.

The group typically meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC).  The date may be changed occasionally to avoid conflict with other OPAS events or holidays. Links to the scheduled titles, book summaries, and discussion questions will be posted at https://olympicpeninsulaaudubon.org/, under Upcoming Events, OPAS Book Discussion Group.  

Books on the discussion list may be available directly or via inter-library loan through your local NOLS branch. Alternatively, please consider purchase options that directly benefit OPAS or DRAC.  Titles can be purchased in multiple formats through Amazon Smiles (smile.amazon.com; select Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society or Dungeness River Audubon Center as supported charity) or ordered in print format from DRAC (which benefits their educational programs) by stopping in or calling (360) 681-4076 with your credit card information. Additional information on these purchase options is provided at the link above.

We are currently recruiting book suggestions and discussion leaders for monthly meetings in July – November 2019. Please contact Lori Moilanen (lori_moilanen@wavecable.com) to suggest a title and/or volunteer to facilitate discussion. If you’re interested in being a discussion facilitator, but need title suggestions…don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of highly rated recent and classic titles to help you out.

For more information on the OPAS Book Discussion Group contact Lori Moilanen (lori_moilanen@wavecable.com).

Current book selections for 2019:

January 22. The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World.Richard O. Prum. 2017.  448 pp. Discussion Facilitator: Bob Phreaner

February 19. The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg.  Tim Birkhead.  2016.  304 pp. Discussion Facilitator: Dan Stahler

March 26.  Welcome to Subirdia.  John Marzluff (2019 BirdFest Speaker).  2015.  320 pp.   Discussion Facilitator: Ken Wiersema

April 23. Olympic National Park: A Natural History.  Tim McNulty.  2018.  352 pp. Discussion Facilitator: Tim McNulty (author)

May 28. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.  2017.  288 pp. Discussion Facilitator: Sandra Boren.

June 25. Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior.  Roger Lederer. 2016.  282 pp.  Discussion Facilitator: Jim Karr.