Darien Library, Barrett Bookstore, and Darien Nature Center welcome, natural history writer, photographer, and wildlife tour leader, Jon Dunn. He will speak about his latest book, The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds, with their unsurpassed jewel-like plumage, acrobatic flight, and immense character, have captured our imaginations for centuries. They possess a fascinating history, one that has frequently collided with the human world.
We see them crop up in ancient religion, folklore, art, fashion, and literature. In the rich oral traditions of native tribes, for instance, they often served as messengers between the living and the spirit world. To this day, hummingbirds have a unique hold on us and a cultural significance unlike any other family of birds. Natural history writer and wildlife guide Jon Dunn has not been immune to the allure of the hummingbird.
In The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds, Jon Dunn follows the trail of the charismatic hummingbird the full length of their worldwide range, from Alaska to the bottom tip of South America. He shares exhilarating tales, from marooning on a Chilean island to catch a glimpse of the rare Juan Fernández Firecrown, to an arduous trek through the Andes searching for a hummingbird lost to science for decades, and to a market in Mexico City – where readers will learn of dark superstitions surrounding the hummingbird.
Along the way, Dunn introduces a charming cast of birdwatchers, conservation workers, scientists, and locals. In The Glitter in the Green, Dunn explores how hummingbirds have shaped our lives, past and present, and the zealous passion they inspire.
The Glitter in the Green tells the story of the hummingbird as never before – their history, their compelling lifecycles, and the stories of those who have fallen under their spell. It is the ultimate celebration of the world’s most charismatic bird and is certain to delight birders and nonbirders alike.
About the Author
Jon Dunn is a natural history writer, photographer, and wildlife tour leader. His writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including BBC Wildlife. He is the author of three previous books, including Orchid Summer. He lives on his croft on the remote Shetland Islands.
This event is co-sponsored by Barrett Bookstore. If you would like to pre-order a copy of The Glitter in the Green, please visit their website.