Interested in environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing LAB GIRL by Hope Jahren. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person event. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. LAB GIRL is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, LAB GIRL vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

Read the New York Times review of LAB GIRL.

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Saturday, October 23

10:30AM--12PM

Celebrate OAKtober and get ready for Halloween! The Westport Tree Board, Westport Book Shop, and Earthplace join together on Jesup Green outside the Library for some festive fall activities. Come in costume for crafts, surprise guest animals, and shivers up your spine!

Just drop in dressed and ready for fun! Costumes are optional.

Free baby oak trees will be available for you to take home--one per family, please. This event will take place rain or shine.

Community Partners:  Earthplace, Westport Tree Board, Westport Book Shop

 

 

 

Hear what the selectman candidates have to say about environmental issues for the Town of Westport when Earthplace and Sustainable Westport ask the questions. The debates will include all six candidates and be moderated by Sustainable Westport Chair, Peter Boyd. The Debate will focus on the environment, sustainability, and climate resiliency tied to Westport’s goal of Net Zero by 2050.  Topics will include energy, transportation, waste, water and conservation issues.

Please register to watch in the Library's Trefz Forum or from home.

 

 

 

 


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Interested in environmental issues or nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Richard  Powers' 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning THE OVERSTORY. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person program. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

OVERSTORY is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Read Barbara Kingsolver's review.

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Interested in environmental issues, sustainability, nature or science? Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Merlin Sheldrake's ENTANGLED LIFE: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures. This event is scheduled to be at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane.

Reservations are suggested for this in-person program.

When we think of fungi, we likely think of mushrooms. But mushrooms are only fruiting bodies, analogous to apples on a tree. Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems. Fungi provide a key to understanding the planet on which we live, and the ways we think, feel, and behave.
In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to the fungi that range for miles underground and are the largest organisms on the planet, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web,”  to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.
Fungi throw our concepts of individuality and even intelligence into question. They are metabolic masters, earth makers, and key players in most of life’s processes. They can change our minds, heal our bodies, and even help us remediate environmental disaster. By examining fungi on their own terms, Sheldrake reveals how these extraordinary organisms—and our relationships with them—are changing our understanding of how life works.

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Delia Owens' WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. If the weather is nice, we will meet at Earthplace!

Delia Owens is the coauthor of three internationally bestselling nonfiction books about her life as a wildlife scientist in Africa. She holds a BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis. She has won the John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing and has been published in Nature, The African Journal of Ecology, and International Wildlife, among many others. 

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. If the weather is accommodating, you will receive an email with details to meet at Earthplace. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from The New York Times or The Guardian 

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Sy Montgomery's THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS. If the weather is nice, we will meet at Earthplace!

Another New York Times bestseller from the author of THE GOOD GOOD PIG, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans.

In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. If the weather is accommodating, you will receive an email with details to meet at Earthplace. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from NPR or The Guardian 

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Jennifer Ackerman's THE GENIUS OF BIRDS. During this pandemic, more of us are putting up bird feeders and watching the feathered shows, so why not learn more about their mental prowess?

Ackerman travels around the world to the most cutting-edge frontiers of research, and not only tells the story of the recently uncovered genius of birds but also delves deeply into the latest findings about the bird brain itself that are shifting our view of what it means to be intelligent. At once personal yet scientific, richly informative and beautifully written, THE GENIUS OF BIRDS celebrates the triumphs of these surprising and fiercely intelligent creatures.

JENNIFER ACKERMAN has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. Her most recent books include The Bird Way; Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body; Ah-Choo: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold; Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity; and Notes from the Shore. A contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Read a review from Yale Scientific or The Guardian 

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Have you ever wondered what creatures are walking through yards and forests in the area? By recognizing scat you can identify the animals sharing nature! Earthplace naturalist, Becky Newman will share photos and information about the animals that call Westport home with us.

Appropriate for all ages. Becky will identify scat from audience photos! Send photos up to 48 hours before the program to jkeller@westportlibrary.org with SCAT in the subject line.

If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.

Becky Newman is Director of Nature Programs at Earthplace for the past 15 years. She oversees the live animal hall that is full of animal scat , as well as spending hours on the trails identifying signs of animals. She has led programs identifying and analyzing animal scat in her time at Earthplace.

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Have you ever wondered what creatures are walking through yards and forests in the area? By recognizing scat you can identify the animals sharing nature! Earthplace naturalist, Becky Newman will share photos and information about the animals that call Westport home with us.

Appropriate for all ages.

If you missed the program, view it here.

Becky Newman is Director of Nature Programs at Earthplace for the past 15 years. She oversees the live animal hall that is full of animal scat , as well as spending hours on the trails identifying signs of animals. She has led programs identifying and analyzing animal scat in her time at Earthplace.

Community partner: Earthplace

Are you new to your yard and garden or ready to take a fresh look at the plantings for a greener landscape? Wondering where to dig in right now? Lay the groundwork for success in your garden by learning steps to make a new yard your own with Alice Ely, master gardener. Find out how to start smart with soil testing, measuring sun/shade conditions, assessing plantings and prioritizing your garden goals. If you recently moved and don’t know what’s already growing, taking the time to get to know your garden  can get you the best return on your efforts!

If you missed this event, you can watch the recording here.

Community Partner: Wakeman Town Farm

Alice Ely, UConn Advanced Master Gardener & UConn Master Composter, calls Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm her happy place. In addition to her role as Gardens Chair at
Wakeman Town Farm, she spreads the word about the Pollinator Pathway, and teaches homeowners how to garden, through her garden coaching business, Gardenwithalice.com. When she’s not in someone else’s garden, you’ll find her in her own, raising lots of milkweed and Monarch butterflies.

 

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Join members of the Earthplace naturalist team in discussing Douglas Tallamy's BRINGING NATURE HOME.

“A fascinating study of the trees, shrubs, and vines that feed the insects, birds, and other animals in the suburban garden.” —The New York Times

As development and habitat destruction accelerate, there are increasing pressures on wildlife populations. In BRINGING NATURE HOME, Douglas W. Tallamy reveals the unbreakable link between native plant species and native wildlife—native insects cannot, or will not, eat alien plants. When native plants disappear, the insects disappear, impoverishing the food source for birds and other animals.

But there is an important and simple step we can all take to help reverse this alarming trend: everyone with access to a patch of earth can make a significant contribution toward sustaining biodiversity by simply choosing native plants. By acting on Douglas Tallamy's practical and achievable recommendations, we can all make a difference.

This is a virtual event, please register to participate. Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

Community Partner: Earthplace

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