Professor John Marzluff’s presentation will be based on his latest book, Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers and Other Wildlife. We all know that human development can threaten the environment. Runoff pollutes our streams. Homes and businesses encroach on wilderness habitat. Energy use warms the planet. Too many species are in decline. And yet… for some of our most charismatic wild creatures, suburban and urban habitats offer surprising opportunities to thrive. Welcome to Subirdia reveals that our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity—holding more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. By bearing the well-being of birds in mind as we develop and live in exurban, suburban, and urban environments, we can have a tremendous and lasting positive impact. John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, where he teaches ornithology, urban ecology, conservation and field research. His previous books include, In the Company of Crows and Ravens (with Tony Angell), Dog Days, Raven Nights (with his wife Colleen), and Gifts of the Crow (with Tony Angell). He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union.