Bird photographer to share photos, stories at Sundance Books and Music Tuesday evening

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

SierraWingsCover_smallAcclaimed bird photographer and author Marie Read will share photos and stories from her new book Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin (Graphic Arts Books, 2014) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Sundance Books and Music. Participants will learn about the fascinating lives of the millions of birds that breed or migrate through this spectacular birding hotspot in California’s Eastern Sierra. Read will also show her photographic equipment and describe how she obtained some of the behavior and action shots in the book. Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase.

Mono Lake, one of the most important lakes for wildlife in North America, offers a vast food resource for breeding gulls and other birds in summer and an essential refueling stop for countless migrating shorebirds and grebes in autumn. David W. Winkler, ornithologist and cofounder of the Mono Lake Committee, invites us in his introduction to Sierra Wings to come wander this magical land.

The lake is an oasis in the dry Great Basin and a vital stop on the Pacific Flyway providing habitat for millions of migratory and nesting birds. By midsummer abundant alkali flies and brine shrimp provide an endless food supply while stream delta and near-shore wetland habitat also provide good bird habitat. Mono Lake is a small, integral part of the big migration picture. Because large numbers of phalaropes, gulls and grebes depend on the lake, along with approximately one hundred species of other birds, Mono Lake was designated as a part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN).

Read’s images and articles have appeared in magazines such as Living Bird, Bird Watching, Nature’s Best, Birds & Blooms and National Wildlife as well as in books, calendars and websites. She has authored two previous books: Secret Lives of Common Birds: Enjoying Bird Behavior Through the Seasons (Houghton Mifflin, 2005) and Common Birds & Their Songs (with Lang Elliott, Houghton Mifflin, 1998).

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This event is made possible through a partnership Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.


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