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Jon Young & William C. Tweed

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Sunday, July 22, 2012 - 9:00pm

Writer, teacher and mentor JON YOUNG has written a book about looking at birds like no other. WHAT THE ROBIN KNOWS: HOW BIRDS REVEAL THE SECRETS OF THE NATURAL WORLD takes the reader into the world of “deep bird language”.  By learning the behaviors and vocalizations of the birds found immediately around us we can begin to know individual birds. The calls and flights that birds make when a cat on the hunt enters their territory or when a Cooper’s Hawk flies overhead are very different and you can learn these variations. This approach to the natural world around us is Inspired by techniques used for hundreds of years by Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Tune in and learn about starting out in your own backyard in particular favorite sit spot and how to learn to open your senses to the complex bird life that surrounds you.

WILLIAM C. TWEED was the Chief Park Naturalist at Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Parks until his retirement in 2006. Recently he decided to take a weeks long hike through these national treasures and also mediate on the future of our beloved National Parks. He concludes that National Parks have to change. They are now used by an increasingly narrow demographic; the parks are all but ignored by young people and the realities of global warming means that the great National Parks can no longer fulfill their original mission to preserve wilderness as it once was. So: Can National Parks survive into the 21st Century? Tune in for a thought provoking discussion of the future of wilderness in America. William C Tweed’s wonderful new book is titled UNCERTAIN PATH: A SEARCH FOR THE FUTURE OF NATIONAL PARKS.

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