2017 Annual Banquet
December 7, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm$75
Sewanee professor David Haskell’s interest in the sounds of nature began, as these things so often do, with birdsong.
But while most of us might be happy to tell the trill of a Pine Warbler from the song of a Chipping Sparrow, Dr. Haskell’s aural curiosity knows no bounds. In his new book, The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and award-winning author of The Forest Unseen manages to transcend birds—and even animals—all together. Instead, he invites the reader to listen carefully to the quiet sounds that connect plants, animals, and people, whether in the jungles of South America or on the streets of New York City.
A British-born American, Haskell grew up in Paris, where he began listening to birds at an early age. He went on to earn degrees from Oxford and Cornell, and currently serves as Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where his research on animal ecology, evolution, and conservation has received support from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the World Wildlife Fund. In recognition of his significant contributions to ornithology, he was granted Elective Membership in the American Ornithologists’ Union in 2005.
As this year’s Sessions Speaker, Dr. Haskell brings his famously lyrical voice to our 71st Annual Banquet, hosted once again by Protective Life Corporation (2801 Highway 280 South). Join us in Protective’s Grand Bay Dining Room on Thursday, December 7th, for a social hour and book signing at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, and Dr. Haskell’s keynote address at 7:15. Tickets are $75, payable at the registration link below. (The price covers the meal [$50], as well as a $25 contribution.) Space is limited—don’t miss your chance to attend this special event.
Birmingham Audubon’s Annual Banquet is made possible through the support of Protective Life Corporation. Find out more about Protective and its services at www.protective.com.