CANCELED - Natural History at the Clark Presents Birds & Books: Ornithology and Scientific Exploration from the 16th Century to the Present
Thank you for your interest in Birds & Books. Given the concerns about Coronavirus and the forecast, this event has been canceled. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.
The Clark Library preserves and provides access to over 130,000 books, manuscripts, and artworks dating from the 15th century to the present. But there is a library of living things outside the Clark, too. Last winter a rare avian visitor from Siberia, a Red-flanked Bluetail, drew nearly a thousand (human) visitors from all over the world to the library grounds. What other surprises do their five acres of urban green space hold?
Come join us for the next installment in a series of interactive, multi-sensory workshops, designed to acknowledge the varied ways in which we acquire knowledge through both reading and doing.
This family-friendly event in collaboration with Occidental College’s Special Collections and Moore Lab of Zoology will focus on birds and scientific exploration, as recorded in archive and rare book collections, as well as in the natural history collection and current-day research of the Moore Lab. Participants will get a chance to see early printed ornithological books, field notebooks and printed reports from scientists and explorers (including the first edition of Lewis and Clark’s famous report), bird specimens from Moore Lab’s unparalleled collection of Mexican and Latin American birds, and, on guided walks on the Clark’s grounds, the living birds that surround us even here in the middle of the city. The program will also include demonstrations of some of the Moore Lab’s current work on re-surveying mid-20th century scientific expedition sites in Mexico.
Art projects, seed planting from the Clark Library heirloom Seed Catalogue and a Clark Library scavenger hunt will be among other all-ages activities taking place outside throughout the day.
Reservations are free, but limited, and can be made through Eventbrite. Registration closes on Monday, March 9. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch and picnic on the Clark grounds. Beverages and treats will be provided! Free parking is available on site.