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Week One: Brown Bag Lecture

"An Interpretation of Birds"
Speaker/Guide: Jim Robbins

Birder, NY Times contributor, author, science writer, free lance journalist

People interpret birds to understand more about how the dinosaurs learned to fly while others unpack the secrets of murmurations, when thousands of birds act as one. Some use the power of birds to save lives, by training at risk youths to become falconers. Bird expert and author Jim Robbins will talk about the myriad ways people interpret birds and offer some interpretations of his own into the miraculous world of birds and the powerful ways they enrich our lives.

Jim Robbins, a free-lance journalist for more than thirty years, lives with his family in Helena, Montana. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times since 1980, and has written for numerous magazines from Condé Nast Traveler to Smithsonian. He has carried out assignments in Europe, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Yanomami Territory in Brazil and Venezuela, and across North America, especially the Rocky Mountain West. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, and is at work on a fifth. His writing interests include science, the environment, and the human central nervous system. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline and on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. He considers the fact that he has been able to freely indulge his curiosity and get paid for it one of his greatest accomplishments.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature! Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning.


Earlier Event: June 25
Week One: Bird Talk and Walk
Later Event: June 25
Week One: Garden Walk