Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 1:30-3:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of the book “The Genius of Birds”, by Jennifer Ackerman at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown. The book discussion will be followed by a nature walk. You can read all, some or none of the book’s chapters to join in the informal discussion and walk. Light refreshments will be served. Meet inside the museum building. $4.00 activity fee and $8.00 parking fee. Call (631) 786-4640 for more details and to sign up!
Birds are astonishingly intelligent creatures. According to revolutionary new research, some birds rival primates and even humans in their remarkable forms of intelligence.
In The Genius of Birds, acclaimed author Jennifer Ackerman explores the newly discovered brilliance of birds. As she travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research—the distant laboratories of Barbados and New Caledonia, the great tit communities of the United Kingdom and the bowerbird habitats of Australia, the ravaged mid-Atlantic coast after Hurricane Sandy and the warming mountains of central Virginia and the western states—Ackerman not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent.