Birds by the Shore Kit #4

"I love this idea, that natured dreamed up the same kind of sleep in both humans and birds, fostering the growth of big brains in creatures so far apart on life's tree.”
– Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds

 

 

 

In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell
  • 3 copies of The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • 3 copies of Trophic Cascade by Camille Dungy
  • 3 copies of The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for The Overstory (you may keep)
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for The Forest Unseen from the author's website (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • The Forest Unseen: Old growth forests, ecology, seasons, natural history, nature observations, Tennessee, philosophy of nature
  • The Genius of Birds: Animal intelligence, animal behavior, Ornithology 
  • Trophic Cascade: Environmentalism, motherhood, nature
  • The Overstory: Trees, nature, forests, Effect of environment on humans, biosphere, environmentalism

 


image credit: Photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee ca. 1950, collections of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, via beautfiulswimmers.tumblr.com

 

About the Book:

The Forest Unseen: Reveals what can be understood about the natural world through the author's year-long observation of a 1 square meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest. (Novelist)

The Genius of Birds: An exploration of recent research indicating that birds are much more intelligent than previously thought and are capable of deceiving and manipulating, eavesdropping, gift-giving, playing, sharing and much more. (Novelist)

Trophic Cascade: Poetry confronting the world during this time of massive environmental degradation, violence, and abuse of power. These poems are written in the face of despair to hold a commitment to hope. 

The Overstory: A novel of activism and natural-world power that is comprised of interlocking fables about nine strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. (Novelist)

 

 

 Request Kit Here

 

Further Your Discussion:

 

 

 

  • Listen: Hear Jennifer Ackerman discussing The Genius of Birds in this podcast recorded live from the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival:

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