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(Members Only) Virtual Meeting – Seeing the World With Wonder: How Birding Changed My Life
Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(NATURE LONDON MEMBERS ONLY)
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Author Julia Zarankin will talk about her bestselling memoir, FIELD NOTES FROM AN UNINTENTIONAL BIRDER. When Julia saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. While auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on bird watching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Not only would she come to identify proudly as a birder, but birding would ultimately lead her to find love, uncover a new language and lay down her roots.
Julia Zarankin is the author of the bestselling memoir FIELD NOTES FROM AN UNINTENTIONAL BIRDER (Douglas & McIntyre, 2020). Her writing has appeared in Audubon, Canadian Geographic, ON Nature, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Birding Magazine, Hazlitt, Threepenny Review, and Orion Magazine. She was recently a finalist for the CBC Short Story prize (2020) and she can be found at www.juliazarankin.com. When not hanging out with a spotting scope at sewage lagoons or working furiously at her desk, Julia lectures to lifelong learners in and around the GTA.
With financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.