Birds of Berkeley Walk

Tuesday May 08 2018   9:30 AM
UC Botanical Garden  200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA  map

Join Birds of Berkeley author-illustrator Oliver James for a bird walk in the Garden. Please bring binoculars if you have them. This walking tour is family-friendly and open to all ages. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

Birds of Berkeley is a full-color field guide to 25 birds easily found in Berkeley proves that even the city’s avian residents are a little quirky. Meticulously detailed illustrations capture each bird’s distinctive physicality and temperament. A Burrowing Owl faces you in a full-on head shot, perhaps having just raised its raspy, chattering alarm call as you trespass on its last remaining Bay Area foothold at the Marina. The Anna’s Hummingbird gives you a coy backward glance to assess if you’ve properly admired its flashy throat feathers, maybe having just performed its signature J-shaped courtship dive. Even in composition, each bird is strikingly individual, whether depicted in mid-dive or creeping into frame. While descriptions of identification and vocalizations are straightforward, Oliver James takes a delightfully creative approach to his write-ups of each species.

Registration recommended; $18 members/$20 general admission; FREE for UC faculty, staff, and students. More info here.

Oliver JamesOliver James was born in Berkeley in 1991. He started watching birds in his backyard on Colusa Avenue at age five and never turned back. Since then he has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High School in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in biology and environmental studies. James is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan (Wesleyan University Press, 2014).