2018 Nature Programs

The following book discussions will be held at the
Edwards Family Library, 1420 Price Park Road.

July 20, 2018 | 12-1 pm: "The Great Animal Orchestra"

In this book, musician and naturalist Bernie Krause shares fascinating insight into how deeply animals rely on their aural habitat to survive, and the damaging effects of extraneous noise on the delicate balance between predator and prey. But natural soundscapes aren't vital only to the animal kingdom; the book explores how the myriad voices and rhythms of the natural world formed a basis from which our own musical expression emerged.

August 17, 2018 | 12-1 pm: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise"

The book explores a unique part of our relationship with nature and sound -- the music of insects that has provided a soundtrack for humanity throughout the history of our species. Bug Music continues the author's in-depth research and spirited writing on the relationship between human and animal music, and it follows him as he explores insect influences in classical and modern music, plays his saxophone with crickets and other insects, and confers with researchers and scientists nationwide. This engaging and thought-provoking book challenges our understanding of our place in nature and our relationship to the creatures surrounding us, and makes a passionate case for the interconnectedness of species.

Pick up a copy of the books at the library before the program. Snacks will be offered at each discussion. To register, e-mail melanie.buckingham@greensboro-nc.gov.