Jonathan Meiburg, Author of A Most Remarkable Creature: In Virtual Conversation

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Reads & Company, in conjunction with the Valley Forge Audubon Society, welcomes Jonathan Meiburg, author of A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World’s Smartest Birds of Prey, for a virtual in conversation event. A Most Remarkable Creature is one of the most anticipated nature books of 2021 and is getting rave reviews. Jonathan will be in conversation with Vince Smith, President of the Valley Forge Audubon Society, for what should be a great discussion!

In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were tame and inquisitive, quarrelsome and passionate, and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it.

Almost 200 years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they’re very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated and absolutely riveting.



Apr 22 2021


7:00 pm