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Date:
July 5, 2023
Time:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:

Virtual

Address:
Ashland, MA 01721
Email:
AWingandAPrayer
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Virtual - Environmental Book Club: Read "A Wing and a Prayer" *For Adults

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Please join us for the Environmental Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a topic related to climate change, sustainability, and/or what we can do to lessen our footprint. This month we'll be discussing the book "A Wing and a Prayer" by Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal.

"A Wing and a Prayer is a captivating drama from the frontlines of the race to save birds set against the devastating loss of one third of the avian population.

 In a desperate race against time, scientists, conservationists, birders, wildlife officers, and philanthropists are scrambling to halt the collapse of species with bold, experimental, and sometimes risky rescue missions. High in the mountains of Hawaii, biologists are about to release clouds of laboratory-bred mosquitos in a last-ditch attempt to save Hawaii's remaining native forest birds. In Central Florida, researchers have found a way to hatch Florida Grasshopper Sparrows in captivity to rebuild a species down to its last two dozen birds. In the Sierra Nevada mountains, a team is using artificial intelligence to save the California Spotted Owl. In North Carolina, a scientist is experimenting with genomics borrowed from human medicine to bring the long-extinct Passenger Pigeon back to life. 

Veteran journalists Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal traveled more than 25,000 miles across the Americas, chronicling costly experiments, contentious politics, and new technologies to save our beloved birds from the brink of extinction. A Wing and a Prayer offers hope and an urgent call to action."

Please register to receive the Zoom link. Check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox. If you have any questions, you can contact us at ashlandprograms@minlib.net

We are pleased to be partnering with Ashland Sustainability and GreenUp Ashland for this program.

We'll have copies of the book at the library for you to borrow or you can order it from our online catalog.

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