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“Welcome to Subirdia”

March 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


OPAS Book Discussion Group

Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife

Author: John Marzluff.  2015 (reprint edition)

March 26, 2019, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meeting at Dungeness River Audubon Center

Come join discussion leader Ken Wiersema for a discussion of this fascinating book by 2019 Olympic Peninsula BirdFest Keynote Speaker John Marzluff.  Dr. Marzluff’s BirdFest keynote speech is titled “Subirdia”, so this is a great opportunity to preview the topic and perhaps frame some questions for the speaker.

The following book description is adapted from information provided by the publisher:

Welcome to Subirdia presents a surprising discovery: the suburbs of many large cities support incredible biological diversity. Populations and communities of a great variety of birds, as well as other creatures, are adapting to the conditions of our increasingly developed world. In this book, John Marzluff reveals how our own actions affect the birds and animals that live in our cities and towns, and he provides ten specific strategies everyone can use to make human environments friendlier for wildlife.
Over many years of research and fieldwork, Marzluff and his students have closely followed the lives of thousands of tagged birds seeking food, mates, and shelter in cities and surrounding areas. From tiny Pacific wrens to grand pileated woodpeckers, diverse species now compatibly share human surroundings. By practicing careful stewardship with the biological riches in our cities and towns, Marzluff explains, we can foster a new relationship between humans and other living creatures—one that enhances our mutual destiny.

Dr. Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington and lives in Snohonish, WA.  A renowned ornithologist and urban ecologist, he is the author or coauthor of more than 130 scientific papers and five books. 

The OPAS Book Discussion Group meets from 4:00 – 5:30 PM at the Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC).

See a short video featuring John Marzluff speaking on “Subirdia” here.

Book Availability 

This book 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.  It 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).  Books may be ordered in print format from DRAC (which benefits their educational programs) by stopping in or calling (360) 681-4076 with your credit card information.

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March 26
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Dungeness River Audubon Center
Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States