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The Birds of Berkeley with Oliver James

posted Apr 25, 2018, 1:22 PM by David Peattie
Thursday May 24th
Thousand Oaks Baptist Church on Catalina (just east of Colusa)
7:30 p.m. (7:00 Ice Cream social)

TONA is thrilled to have Thousand Oaks native and acclaimed artist and writer Oliver James as our featured presenter for the next general meeting on May 24. Oliver most recently authored and illustrated the charming book, Birds of Berkeley, published by local Heyday Press. Drawing on selected readings from the text, Oliver will touch on science, art, and politics in his introduction to our avian neighbors. Coincidentally, 2018 was dubbed The Year of the Bird in recognition of the centennial of our bedrock avian conservation law: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In celebration, Oliver will also leave us with a few concrete ways we can individually make a difference for wild birds. 

Oliver started watching birds when he was five years old in his yard on Colusa Avenue. Since then, Oliver has competed in national birding tournaments, worked as a birding tour guide, and joined ornithological research teams from Peru to Alaska. He graduated from Berkeley High in 2009 and Wesleyan University in 2014 with a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies. Oliver is also the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of Wesleyan. To view samples of his latest work visit
David Peattie,
Apr 25, 2018, 1:22 PM