The Genius of Birds with Jennifer Ackerman and The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Explore the brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of the avian brain with Jennifer Ackerman, author of the international bestseller, The Genius of Birds. Travel from the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia with Ackerman as she shares her firsthand adventures into the genius of birds. Learn how birds make and use tools, teach each other skills, count, navigate, create art, perform astonishing feats of memory, communicate, and even pass along cultural traditions.  

Along the way meet Ambassador Animals from the Wildlife Center of Virginia with the organization’s President/Co-Founder Ed Clark and Senior Vice President Amanda Nicholson.  In the last 40 years, the Center has helped nearly 90,000 wild animals from every corner of Virginia, including bald eagles, hawks, owls, songbirds [and Black Bears, rabbits, squirrels, opossums, turtles, and toads].  Joining Ed and Amanda will be several feathered education ambassadors— learn how these birds came to the Center and what their stories, along with the stories of the thousands of patients that the Center treats each year, tell us about the steps that each of us can take to protect wildlife and the environment. 


This program is free and is available via Zoom and Facebook Live.  

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Athena, an ambassador Barred Owl at the Wildlife Center of Virginia


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