Keynote Speaker

Welcome to Subirdia

Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife

Speaker: John Marzluff

Friday, April 27, 7:30pm

Hoquiam High School ( little theatre)

Dessert Reception prior to talk begins at 6:45pm

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door for $15

In Welcome to Subirdia, John will reveal that our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity-holding more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts.

We are an integral part of the ecosystem and our everyday actions affect the fabric of animal life that surrounds us. Drawing on examples from across the country and around the world-Kansas City, Seattle, New York, Arizona, New Zealand, Europe, Central America, Asia-you will see how some birds are adapting and thriving in moderately urban ecosystems, often evolving before our eyes.

Just as we affect the birds around us, they shape our culture, commerce, and quality of life. When we make an effort to enhance bird habitat in our cities and towns, we cultivate communities that value nature, that are attractive and exciting places to live and work, and that improve the mental and physical health of our neighbors. Humans are now a distinctly urban species, and the fascinating information in Welcome to Subirdia is increasingly relevant as we think about our future on both local and global scales.

Welcome to Subirdia gives us something to celebrate. Herons in our urban streams, barred owls whose shrieks wake us in our city neighborhoods, woodpeckers that nest in our wooded parks, and chickadees that entertain us at our birdfeeders can motivate us to seek a future filled with birds. The ways we manage our property, plan our towns, and think about the nonhuman residents of our ecosystems can make a difference for our children and grandchildren.

John Marzluff

John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, where he teaches classes in ornithology, urban ecology, conservation and field research. His previous books include: In the Company of Crows and Ravens (with Tony Angell), Dog Days, Raven Nights (with wife, Colleen), and Gifts of the Crow (with Tony Angell). He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union.