It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait, it is a bird! It’s the elusive caracara, and this week’s virtual event replay celebrates the bird’s peculiar evolution and the mysteries it poses about our world’s past.
A Most Remarkable Creature is the “utterly captivating and beautifully written…exploration of [the caracara], a bird so wickedly smart, curious, and social, it boggles the mind.” (Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way) Author Jonathan Meiburg joined us last week for a virtual launch of his new book, discussing his years-long journey to understand the caracara. The event featured a colorful presentation and a discussion with longtime friend and Austinite, Dr. Kevin M. Anderson.
You can re-watch their conversation now on our Facebook page. And be sure to grab your own copy of A Most Remarkable Creature (if you haven’t already) from BookPeople. Each comes with a signed bookplate while supplies last.
More virtual events like this one can be found on BookPeople’s Facebook page. If Facebook isn’t your thing, that’s okay—they are available for viewing without an account!
About the author: In 1997, Jonathan Meiburg received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel to remote communities around the world, a year-long journey that sparked his enduring fascination with islands, birds, and the deep history of the living world. Since then, he’s written reviews, features, and interviews for print and online publications including The Believer, The Talkhouse, and The Appendix on subjects ranging from a hidden exhibit hall at the American Museum of Natural History to the last long-form interview with author Peter Matthiessen. But he’s best known as the leader of the band Shearwater, whose albums and performances have often been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Pitchfork. He lives in central Texas.