Looking Sideways @ Vashon-Maury Audubon Society
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

Looking Sideways @ Vashon-Maury Audubon Society

 

Curious about clouds? Mystified by Marbled Murrelets? How do you begin to learn about something you know nothing about? Join Olympia author Maria Mudd Ruth for her presentation on the her latest books, A Sideways Look at Clouds (2017) and Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet (2013). Maria will explore the role of curiosity, honesty, humor, and personal "sideways" perspective in appreciating and understanding the natural wonders around us.

The program will feature a selection of slides featuring stunning Pacific Northwest clouds, marbled murrelets followed by Q&A, and sales/signing of her two books.

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Clouds at Olympia Library!
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Clouds at Olympia Library!

Join me at the Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library for a presentation on my new book, A Sideways Look at Clouds (Mountaineers Books, Fall 2017). Much of my research on clouds came from this library:  field guides, science text books, children's books explaining (badly) what air pressure is, books on do-at-home weather-related experiments, novels involving clouds and cloud fanatics, books on painting). This library  and inter-library loan saved me thousands of dollars in research materials!  

Books will be available for sale and signing. 

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Sideways @ Edmonds Books
Jan
20
12:00 PM12:00

Sideways @ Edmonds Books

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, Q&A, and book sales/signing.

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Clouds at Skagit Audubon
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Clouds at Skagit Audubon

Birders and cloud watchers have much in common: they spend a lot of time in the field, their gaze is often skyward, and they have a good grasp of taxonomy. Yes! The clouds come in genera, species, and varieties, too! Join me and the Skagit Audubon Society in "big sky country" (Skagit County) for a program on my new non-fiction title, A Sideways Look at Clouds (Mountaineers Books, 2017). My presentation will include a talk, slides, Q&A, book sales and signing.

 This is part of the monthly program of Skagit Audubon and is free and open to the public.

7:00 Social; 7:30 Program, Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mount Vernon, Washington

 

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Sideways @Bothell Library
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

Sideways @Bothell Library

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about these shape-shifting natural wonders. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a slide presentation, Q&A, and book sales/signing.

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Sideways @ Paulina Springs Book
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways @ Paulina Springs Book

On Cloud Nine? Under a Cloud? Curious about these shape-shifting natural wonders we too often take for granted? Join me for talk, Q&A, and book signing. I'll be sharing some science, humor, and thoughts on following your curiosity.

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Sideways @ Paulina Springs Books
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways @ Paulina Springs Books

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, Q&A, and book sales/signing. 

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Sideways at Roundabout BooksIs
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Sideways at Roundabout BooksIs

During the 186 days every year Bend is officially "sunny," the sky can be covered by 15% or less by clouds. If the clouds had better PR, this would be a "partly cloudy" day. Learn about the clouds, our fascination with them, and why we don't talk about them more at my talk, Q&A, and book signing. I'll be sharing some science, humor, and thoughts on following your curiosity.

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Sideways @ Roundabout Books
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Sideways @ Roundabout Books

On Cloud Nine? Under a cloud? Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, Q&A, and book sales/signing.

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Sideways @ Herringbone Books
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways @ Herringbone Books

Why do clouds get a bad rap? Why is "cloudy" synonymous with "gloomy"? Did you know that an officially "sunny" day in eastern Oregon can include up to 15% cloud cover? Join me for talk, Q&A, and signing of my book from Mountaineers Books, A Sideways Look at Clouds. I'll be sharing some science, humor, and thoughts on following your curiosity.

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Sideways @ Herringbone Books
Mar
3
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways @ Herringbone Books

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, Q&A, and book sales/signing.

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Salon at the Center
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Salon at the Center

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In the tradition of Parisian salons of old, the Washington Center presents an intimate evening of music, theater, literature, and art. Local and regional masters of visual art, the written word, and music come together to share their experiences as artists and interact with you—the audience. Featuring Amy Shephard, Maria Mudd Ruth, John Dodge, Jim Lynch, Bryan Willis, and more in the Black Box Theater.

Tickets: $12. Click here to order.

 

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Sideways @ Redmond Library
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Sideways @ Redmond Library

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, Q&A, and book sales/signing.

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Multi-Author Book Signing
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Multi-Author Book Signing

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Browsers Books in Olympia is celebrating Indies First this Saturday from 2-3:30 p.m. Six of your favorite local authors--Jim Lynch, Nikki McClure, Lauren Danner, Corinna Luykens, Chris Maynard, and Maria Ruth-- will be there to sign our books, chat, sip, and support this marvelous independent bookstore in downtown Olympia.

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Nov
18
to Nov 19

Sideways @ The Wild Arts Festival

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Come celebrate the Audubon Society of Portland's nature-inspired art extravaganza on November 18-19. I'll be signing copies of my new book, A Sideways Look at Clouds (Mountaineers Books 2018) and Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet (Mountaineers Books reissue 2013) on Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Come by to chat about murrelets ("fog larks) and clouds (including fog!).

This event 37th annual event is a fundraiser for the Audubon Society of Portland--the organization that spearheaded the nearly ten-year effort back in the 1980s to protect the Marbled Murrelet under the federal Endangered Species Act.

While supporting a good cause and celebrating the natural world, you can meet dozens of other authors including Molly Hashimoto, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Robert Michael Pyle, Kathleen Dean Moore, Brenda Peterson, and Kim Stafford. Here is the full author line-up

The event is held at:  Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland, OR
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. Tickets are required.
Click here for more information on the festival.

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Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways at Orca Books

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Olympia's skies are classified as "cloudy" 228 days a year. What do you know about the these shape-shifting natural wonders--cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and the rest? Join me tonight (Saturday) for my presentation on A Sideways Look at Clouds--my new book of non-fiction natural history published this Fall by Mountaineers Books. 

I'll be doing a combo talk/reading/slide program/ Q&A/ book signing... and cloud-shaped cookies for everyone at Olympia's oldest indie bookstore. AND FREE FULL-COLOR CLOUD CHARTS FROM NASA/NOAA! 

Orca Books is located at 509 4th Ave E, Olympia, Washington 98501. 

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Sideways at Powell's Books on Hawthorne

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Curious about clouds? New to the Pacific Northwest? Forgot what you learned about clouds in 4th grade? Can't remember the Latin names? Perfect! 

Join me at Powell's Books (the Hawthorne Store) in Portland for a reading/talk/Q&A about clouds and my new book A Sideways Look at Clouds. I'll give you tips on watching clouds, talking about them, and engaging in a meaningful relationship with them. I'll be showing slides of our beautiful PNW clouds, answering your questions, and signing copies of my book. 

Powell's Books on Hawthonre is at 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland 97214; (800) 878-7273. There are LOTS of wonderful eateries and drinkeries in the neighborhood.
For directions to store and other info click here.

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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Sideways @ Third Place Books

What kinds of clouds are these and why does author Maria Mudd Ruth want you to look up and notice them?

What kinds of clouds are these and why does author Maria Mudd Ruth want you to look up and notice them?

Join Maria at Third Place Books in Seward Park for a reading/talk/Q&A about her newest book A Sideways Look at Clouds at this indie bookstore (the newest of the three Third Place Books stores in Seattle) Drink and food specials are available from their full-service restaurant Raconteur during the events, so grab a glass and join us! All are welcome, no purchase required.

 Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave. South, Seattle, WA For directions, click here

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Sideways @ Village Books in Fairhaven

Believe it or not, we have hundreds of kinds of clouds, not just "rain clouds." Learn about nimbostratus (seen through a rainy windshield) and other clouds in A Sideways Look at Clouds.

Believe it or not, we have hundreds of kinds of clouds, not just "rain clouds." Learn about nimbostratus (seen through a rainy windshield) and other clouds in A Sideways Look at Clouds.

Don't know much about the clouds but wish you did? After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders with curiosity and humor. In A Sideways Look Clouds (Mountaineers Books, September 2017), Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a lively presentation, short reading, gorgeous clouds, and book signing. There might even be a quiz.  Village Books is at 11th and Mill Streets in Fairhaven (south of downtown Bellingham).

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Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Sideways @ University Book Store, Seattle

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders. In A Sideways Look Clouds, just published by Mountaineers Books, Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds.

Join Maria for a short reading, longer discussion, and book signing at the U-District store.

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Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Sideways Launch Party

Join Maria at the Eagles Ballroom to celebrate the publication of A Sideways Look at Clouds, by Mountaineers Books.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, Olympia nature writer Maria Mudd Ruth realized she knew little to nothing about clouds. Rather than continuing to take them for granted, Maria began to study these shape-shifting natural wonders. In A Sideways Look Clouds Maria charts a unique course into the science and meaning of clouds and offers the non-scientist ways to look at, appreciate, and talk about the clouds. The launch party will include a presentation/reading followed by Q&A and book sales/signing, fun.

Browsers Books of Olympia will be at the event to sell hot-off-the-press copies of A Sideways Look at Clouds (and also Maria's previous book, Rare Bird). Refreshing beverages and light cloud-themed nibbles will be served. Children welcome.

PARKING: There is free on-street parking on 4th and Pear St. (the most convenient). There are some spaces in the Eagle's Ballroom lot just north off the building off 4th. AND after hours at Always Safe & Lock just north of that. AND after hours in the larger parking lot of the Lottery Administrative HQ across the street. 

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Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Sideways @ The Marysville Opera House

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Join Maria for the Outdoor Speakers Series

Author Maria Mudd Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she fell for an imperiled seabird—madly and unexpectedly. Her infatuations, a decade apart, inspired her to undertake two book projects. But how does a non-birder find her way into the world of an elusive, little-studied bird? How does a non-meteorologist tackle the complex science and meaning of the shape-shifting clouds?  And why would she want to?

Find out as Maria discusses her latest books, the critically acclaimed Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet and her newly released A Sideways Look at Clouds. Both books combine memoir, natural history, and humor—follow a steep and often bumpy learning curve as Maria pursues her enigmatic subjects. During her research adventures, Maria discovers a world of unexpected beauty, frustration, fascination, joy, and even solace.

Maria’s program will highlight the value of curiosity, the common challenges of studying birds and clouds (and other things about which you know nothing), and the importance of forging abiding connections to the natural world.  The program will be a combination of short reading from her two book, a selection of slides featuring stunning Pacific Northwest clouds, Q&A, and sales/signing of her two books.

Outdoor sports enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and cloudgazers will find common ground as they discover new and fundamentally simple ways to enrich their experience of natural world. 

Program starts at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30.

 

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Sideways @ East City Bookshop, Washington DC
Sep
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sideways @ East City Bookshop, Washington DC

Cloud watchers, curious naturalists, citizen scientists, and Washingtonians in need of distraction will enjoy this talk by Maria Mudd Ruth, who was born in Washington DC and lived in the city and its suburbs for most of her life. A former member of National Geographic's TRAVELER magazine an author of over a dozen natural history books, including Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, Maria has been researching, watching, photographing and blogging about clouds for many years. 

Maria Mudd Ruth, is an entertaining and experienced speaker and her book presentation will interest a broad range of readers.  

Click here for more information on East City Bookshop

 

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Save The Olympic Peninsula (STOP)

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

Learn how the future of the Olympic Peninsula is tied to the fate of the Marbled Murrelet. The Save the Olympic Peninsula is a non-profit organization spearheading a campaign to responsibly address the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Electronic Warfare Range on the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy estimates the loss of 112 Marbled Murrelets over the next 20 years from the impact of "Growler" jet flights and other military exercises. Why should we care about 112 small, secretive seabirds that nest in the mature coastal forests of the Olympic Peninsula? Why does protecting the endangered Marbled Murrelet ultimately help protect humans, other wildlife, and the wilderness soundscape?

Maria will be introducing the audience to this fascinating seabird--its unusual life history, the tale of the 185-long search for its nest, why saving it matters, and where you can go to see them in your neighborhood. Q&A and sales and signing of Rare Bird will follow presentation. 

Monday, May 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Port Angeles Library
2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

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Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society Talk

Please join me at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society's March program meeting. I'll be talking about the Marbled Murrelet and Rare Bird in the heart of murrelet country. The Straits of Juan de Fuca, off the north Olympic Peninsula is reputedly one of the best places to view them in the lower 48 states.  

The program is held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd. in Sequin. The program is free and open to the public. After my presentation, I'll have a short Q&A, then offer copies of the 2013 re-issue of Rare Bird (Mountaineers Books) for sale and signing. I will happily sign copies of the 2005 edition as well!

For more information, visit the Olympic Audubon Society.

 

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Apr
16
9:00 AM09:00

Burke Museum Environmental Writer's Workshop

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

Join authors Knute Berger, Michelle Nijhuis, and me as we lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. We will share stories and tips from our work weaving together history, science, and field time into ouru writing on the natural and cultural world. Class space is limited. Scholarships available wtih valude student ID. Lunch provided.

For more information and to register, click here. 

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Skagit Audubon Presentation

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Learn about the life history, 185-year-long nest search, and conservation challenges of this endearing seabird of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Copies of Rare BIrd will be available for purchase and signing by author.

Social 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Olympia Mountaineers--Olympia, WA

It's thanks to the Olympia Mountaineers (specifically their librarian) that Rare Bird was reissued in paperback in August 2013 by Mountaineers Books in Seattle. This program on the marbled murrelet will focus on the challenges biologists face in challenging terrain as they pursue this secretive bird. Book sales and signing to follow the presentation.

Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road. (From I-5, Plum Street, head north, left side, next to Priest Point Park)

6:00 PM Potluck & Socializing hour, Bring a dish to share, your own plate and flatware. No paper tossing at our potlucks!
Need more info? Call the coordinator, Carolyn Burreson, 360-705-2055.

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Aug
1
to Aug 3

Wings Over the Basin--near Santa Cruz, California

This is a fantastic weekend event at Big Basin Redwood State Park in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. August 7 marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the first marbled murrelet nest in this very park! The weekend features murrelet talks, a predawn murrelet walk, campfire program, and other events with biologists, docents, and Steve and Stephanie Singer who have been studying murrelets since the 1970s and discovered many nests in the park. This weekend is about murrelets, owls, thrushes, jays, butterflies, and more! Click here for more information. (Note: I am unable to attend this event...but hope you can!)

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Jul
26
11:00 AM11:00

Marbled Murrelets--Cape Perpetua

As part of the Siuslaw National Forest's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I'll be talking about marbled murrelets and how this wild seabird benefits from protected forests and marine waters in and around Cape Perpetua.  Come learn about this fascinating secretive bird you can hear and see in the Siuslaw! Q& A following slide presentation.  Copies of Rare Bird will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information click here.

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May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Golden Gate Audubon Society, San Francisco CA

Presentation on the marbled murrelet followed by book sales and signing.

Details upcoming at Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Join us at 7:00 p.m. for a half-hour of socializing and refreshments. Program starts at 7:30 p.m..

San Francisco programs are held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center located at 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), zip 94109. Map it!

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Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust

A presentation on the marbled murrelet and the importance of forest buffers followed by moderate to strenuous nature walk (1.5 mile loop) through forest stands on Nisqually Land Trust and Forest Service land that buffers the Washington DNR 'Ashford 80' Natural Resources Conservation Area. Bring a lunch along for after the walk.

 Space is limited to 20 people - RSVP is required. To register call the Nisqually Land Trust office at 360-489-3400 or email staff@nisquallylandtrust.org.

 

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