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Northeast Wilderness Trust hosts second Learning Circle book group

barn owl on a branch with a forest in the background

Sign up to join Northeast Wilderness Trust’s second Learning Circle book group.  The Learning Circle will meet via zoom on Thursdays, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT on May 23, June 6, June 20, and July 11.

The intention is to engage in community learning and reinforce the importance of rewilding, while getting to know each other. For this second Learning Circle we will be reading Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe by ecologist Carl Safina. When ecologist Carl Safina and his wife, Patricia, took in a near-death baby owl, they expected that, like other wild orphans they’d rescued, she’d be a temporary presence. But Alfie’s feathers were not growing correctly, requiring prolonged care. As Alfie grew and gained strength, she became a part of the family. Safina’s relationship with an owl made him want to better understand how people have viewed humanity’s relationship with nature across cultures and throughout history.  In short, understanding that “We are one of Many.”

closeup of owl eye

These four sessions will allow time to get to know each other and divide the reading and discussion into four parts.  The May 23rd session will cover the first 42 pages (Part one of the book), with each session then covering about 100 pages of the book.  If you are interested in participating, please register here by May 11, 2024. Details on the sessions and zoom link will be sent out to registered participants in early May. You should still register even if you would only be able to attend three of the four sessions.

Facilitators for the second Learning Circle book group will be the same as our first book group: David Hindin, NEWT supporter, and Carol MacKinnon Fox, NEWT Board member.  We look forward to meeting you! Sign up for Learning Circle book club here with this link.

Photography: Barred and Great Horned Owl images by David Middleton