The Columbia Audubon Society hosted a book discussion of Jennifer Ackerman’s The Genius of Birds on March 21, 2018 at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, MO. This event featured a combination of group discussion and audio/visual information such as video clips of birds or events mentioned in the book and scientific information. After receiving several requests for our discussion outline and online resources, we’re posting a version here for use by other groups or individuals interested in reading/studying this fascinating book. Our group didn’t have time to address all of the ideas below, but the collection may be useful to others. Please feel free to address further questions to the original organizer, Eric Reuter. Many thanks to Joanna Reuter for researching and compiling the links.
Another broad discussion point: birds as individuals vs. populations. It’s easy to assume that your yard birds are a stable population, but within that group are constantly changing individuals; can an observer start to pick out the individuals from the flock?