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 except July and August 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, 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 (; 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 September – December 2019. Please contact Lori Moilanen ( 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 (

Date Title Discussion Leader
May 28 The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Florence Williams (2018)

Sandy Boren
June 25 Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior

Roger Lederer (2016)

Jim Karr
July – August Summer Break – No Book Group Meetings
September 24 Same River Twice: The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration Judi White
October 29 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Sy Montgomery (2016) (Collaboration with NOLS; author is visiting)

Lori Moilanen
November 19 Title – TBD Bruce Fryxell
December TBD Year-End “Books & Beverages” Celebration & 2020 Planning Lori Moilanen & Bruce Fryxell