This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 21st due to icy conditions on the original February date. This will also function as the CAS general meeting for March.

Years ago, a Common Raven on the Channel Islands (off the coast of California) discovered and opened a zippered pocket in our long-used backpack, a pocket whose existence my wife and I had never suspected. It was a powerful lesson in not underestimating bird intelligence and creativity. In The Genius of Birds, Jennifer Ackerman summarizes decades of global research into avian cognition with both rigor and humor. After reading this absolutely fascinating book, you’ll be inspired to observe birds with new attention to detail and wonder at their abilities. As the New York Times wrote, “Often, you feel her wonderment, faintly recognizing another, strange intelligence covertly operating in a world we presume to be ours.”

The Columbia Audubon Society (CAS) will lead a discussion of this book at the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia on Wednesday, March 21st from 7:00-8:30 p.m, in the Friends Room.  Please get your hands on a copy (DBRL has it in physical, ebook, and downloadable audiobook formats) and join us for what should be an interesting discussion. Note: The board meeting will take place from 6-7 p.m. prior to this event, also at the library but in Conference Room A (not the usual church location). – by Eric Reuter, CAS News Editor