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Feather Permitting: Jim Robbins on Birds
Jim Robbins joins host Sean Dooley for a soaring discussion on the role of birds in the future of our planet.
The human fascination with birds is expressed in our technology and in our culture. Poets, artists, philosophers and inventors have, for centuries, found inspiration in the song, sight and flight of birds. What more can we learn about avian life?
Robbins is a celebrated science journalist for the New York Times and the author of six acclaimed books, including A Symphony in the Brain and The Man Who Plants Trees. He believes birds have a lot more to teach us – about nature and about ourselves. His new book, The Wonder of Birds, is a riveting investigation into the world of birds and into our connection with them. From the complex principles of ‘flock intelligence’ and murmuration (the synchronised movement of starlings) to the sophisticated mimicry skills of the lyrebird, The Wonder of Birds explores the secret lives of feathered creatures, and makes an impassioned argument for their protection.