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35th Annual Bloomin' Birdathon!
April 22, 2015 through May 25, 2015

The ANS Bloomin' Birdathon is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Over the course of one month each spring, April 22 - May 25, teams and individuals count as many wildflower or bird species as they can at locations of their choice over a 24-hour period.
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Author Talk on Citizen Science

Saturday, April 4th ( 3- 5 pm; reception & signing at 3:00,
program starts at 3:30) Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD

Sharman Apt Russell
Diary of a Citizen Scientist
Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World
2014 Oregon State University Press, paperback $18.95


In the exploding world of citizen science... The sheer number of citizen scientists, combined with new technology, has begun to shape how research is conducted.

Diary of a Citizen Scientist offers its readers a glimpse into the transformative properties of citizen science—and documents the transformation of the field as a whole.

Author Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell lives in southwestern New Mexico and taught writing at Western New Mexico University and Antioch University in Los Angeles. Her books include Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008); Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005); An Obsession with Butterflies (Perseus Books, 2003); and Anatomy of a Rose: The Secret Life of Flowers (Perseus Books, 2001). Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into nine languages. Her awards include a Rockefeller Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize.

RSVP to antoinette.sooh@anshome.org  or 301-652-9188 x12


Seasonal changes on both sides of the Atlantic
by Colin Rees and Derek Thomas

Book Signing & Author Talk  REGISTER
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (reception from 7:00 to 7:30)
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
FREE   Limited Event Capacity: 65 attendees

birds of a featherCome to Woodend Nature Sanctuary and enjoy an author talk inspired by the Bloomin' Birdathon. In "Birds of a Feather," an informative and beautifully illustrated book, Colin Rees and Derek Thomas portray the changing season in the UK and US, bringing their observations together with some startling results. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in birds and their future in North America and the UK. 

In Birds of a Feather, an informative and beautifully illustrated book, Colin Rees and Derek Thomas portray the changing seasons in the UK and US, bringing their observations together with some startling results. With images by artists Robert Gillmor and Ian Rees, the book will appeal to anyone with an interest in birds and their future in North America and the UK. Exploding flocks of Snow Geese rising from icy fields; the arrival of the osprey; the harmonies of the dawn chorus; migrating waders racing south before the surf ! these are but a few moments evoking the sights, sounds and colours of the passing seasons observed and recorded over a year by two experienced ornithologists living on both sides of the Atlantic. In the context of their gardens, neighbourhoods and in larger landscapes, Colin Rees and Derek Thomas provide a month by month account of their birding year, commenting upon what they see and hear. They also consider how our world is radically changing the lives of birds. Birds of a Feather celebrates the gentle patter of raindrops, the scent and luminescence of spring, swallows of an evening and the first flight of young ospreys. They take the reader on walks through grasslands, forests, marshes, estuaries and along coasts and describe the effects of changing weather on flora and fauna, the unfolding of the breeding season, bird counts, the character of birders and bird organizations in the US and UK. They also address the challenge of conservation in the modern world.

Over 45 million people consider themselves bird watchers in the US and 20 million watch birds in the UK making this bookappealing to bird watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

COLIN REES is a life-time birder and natural scientist having devoted his career to the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment. He has worked for international organizations in many countries and written extensively on biodiversity conservation and the protection of the natural environment. He continues to work on the international scene as well as supporting efforts to conserve bird populations and their habitats in the State of Maryland, USA. He is a former President of the Anne Arundel Bird Club and currently Chair of the Long-range Planning Committee of the Maryland Ornithological Society. He lives on a creek in Annapolis with his wife Valerie and Zorba, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

DEREK THOMAS has had a lifelong interest in natural history, combining his career as an academic, with his passion for birds and other wildlife. He has served at local and national level with many organisations including The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The British Trust for Ornithology and The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. Recently retired as Chairman of Wildlife Trusts Wales, he continues to work in wildlife conservation, and is currently the UK representative for the
Smithsonian Institution#s Bird Friendly Coffee Program. He and his wife Pranee live in a small cottage surrounded by the sea on the Gower Peninsula in Wales.

PUBLISHED 28 May 2014
Troubador Publishing ltd,


Authors and publishers:  If you are interested in doing an author talk / book signing at our Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD, please contact the bookshop manager: 
bookshop @ anshome.org  or 301-652-9188 x29.