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Jack Gedney at the Marin Art and Garden Center


Thursday, September 29 | 5:30 pm 7:30 pm

Join Jack Gedney for a visit to the enchanted world of not–so–ordinary birds in this free event for his book, The Private Lives of Public Birds.

Gedney’s studies of birds provide resonant, affirming answers to the questions: Who is this bird? In what way is it beautiful? Why does it matter? This illustrated talk is drawn from his new book of essays that each illuminates the life of a single species and its relationship to humans, and how these species can help us understand birds in general.

A dedicated birdwatcher and teacher, Gedney finds wonder not only in the speed and glistening beauty of the Anna’s hummingbird, but also in her nest building. He acclaims the turkey vulture’s and red-tailed hawk’s roles in our ecosystem, and he venerates the inimitable California scrub jay’s work planting acorns.

Knowing that we hear birds much more often than we see them, Gedney offers his expert’s ear to help us not only identify bird songs and calls but also understand what the birds are saying. The crowd at the suet feeder will never look quite the same again.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at a wine reception following the event. 

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About the Speaker

Jack Gedney

Jack Gedney

Jack Gedney was born in California, bounced around the United States in his youth, and returned to his home state to study literature and natural history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of a compact field guide to the trees of the San Francisco Bay Area and co-owner of a wild bird feeding and nature shop in Novato, California. 


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