Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466   |   253-565-9278

Tahoma Audubon Book Clubs

Daytime: Exploring Nature Book Club

First Tuesday of the Month
1:30 - 3 pm
Adriana Hess Audubon Center
2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place

This monthly discussion group is facilitated by different group members each month and meets from September through June. Books are chosen twice a year by group members. See below for a list of books read previously.

Upcoming books to be discussed:

  • Dec. 6 ​What the Robin Knows by Jon Young, faciltator: Roxy Giddings

  • Jan. 3 Why we Bird ​by David C. Rice, facilitator: Art Wang

  • Feb. 7Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub, facilitator: Emily Kalnicky, TAS Executive Director

  • March 7: The Hidden Lives of Owls by Leigh Calvez, facilitator: Diane Yorgason-Quinn

  • April 4: Celebrate National Poetry Month! Read a poetry book by Mary Oliver. Bring your favorite poem. Facilitator: Marsha Williams

  • May 2: Engineering Eden: the true story of a violent death, a trial, and the fight over controlling Nature by Jordan Fisher Smith, facilitator: Martha Scoville

  • June 6: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, facilitator: Dorothy McBride

  • July & August: No book club meeting

  • Sept. 5: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf, facilitator: Helen Engle
The Exploring Nature Book Club will continue this fall. Stay tuned for upcoming books after the book selection meeting in August.

photo above and at top courtesy of Emily Matthiessen

    Evening: Night Owl Book Club

    Third Tuesday of the Month
    7 - 8:30 pm
    King's Book
    218 St. Helen's Ave, Tacoma

    This new monthly discussion group is designed for people who can't make the daytime book club. Group members will choose the books to read after the first two sessions.

    Upcoming books to be discussed:

    • Jan. 17: ​Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    • Feb. 21: The Hidden Lives of Owls by Leigh Calvez

    • March 21: Rare Bird ​by Maria Mudd Ruth

    • April 18: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

    • May 16: Welcome to Subirdia by John Marzluff

    • Sept. 19: The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf, facilitator: Helen Engle

    The Night Owl Book Club will resume this fall. Stay tuned for upcoming books after the book selection meeting in August.

    Stop by the Audubon Center and check out our Little Free "Li-bird-y" stocked with nature-themed books for adults and youth alike.

    Inside the Center, you'll find a lending library and a small bookstore! Our office hours are 10 am - 1 pm, Monday through Friday.

    Purchasing Options

    Shopping local. King's Books in Tacoma (218 St Helens Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402) stocks the books for the Night Owl Nature Book Club and may have many other of the nature book club current and past selections. They offer a 15% discount on book club books, but order soon because supplies are limited. Plus, they can special order many other books for you. You can call to find out what's in stock:  (253) 272-8801. 

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    Previous Book Club Selections

    January to December  2014

    Brushed by Feathers: A Year of Birdwatching in the West by Frances Wood                               

    Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet by Maria Ruth

    Crow Planet: Essential Wisdon from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

    John James Audubon: The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes

    Birdwatching with American Women edited by Deborah Strom

    In My Nature by Constance Sidles

    The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

    Red Tails in Love by Marie Winn

    Feathers by Thor Hansen


    January to December 2015

    Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Lyanda Haupt

    The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

    Kingbird Highway by Kenn Kaufman

    The Decade of the Wolf by Douglas Smith

    Extraordinary Women Conservationists of Washington by Dee Arntz.

    Welcome to Subirdia by John Marzluff 

    All about Passenger Pigeons:  one (or more!) of the following:

    • The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller
    • A Feathered River Across the Sky by Joel Greenberg
    • A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today by Mark Avery

    On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder 

    H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

    The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds by Noah Strycher


    January to November 2016

    John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire:How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America by Kim Heacox

    Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

    The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild  by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

    Birds in a Cage: Germany, 1941. Four POW Bird Watchers. The Unlikely Beginning of British Wildlife Conservation by Derek Niemann

    Return of the Osprey By David Gessner

    Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America's Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment by Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Hayes 

    Refuge ​by Terry Tempest Williams​

    The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickerfoose

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