PEORIA, IL -- From a news release:
Internationally Known Author and Conservationist Thor Hanson to Speak October 3
At Peoria Public Library North Branch, 5 pm and 6 pm
Thor Hanson, Internationally known Author, Guggenheim Fellow, Switzer Environmental Fellow, speaker, biologist, researcher and conservationist will present both a children’s program and adult program on Wednesday, October 3 at Peoria Public Library North Branch.
A reception, talk and book signing with Thor Hanson will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to this free event and will enjoy refreshments and meet the author as well as hear him speak. His books, including his latest, Buzz, will be available for sale and signing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friends of the Library.
The main program will be preceded by a Children’s Program at 5:00 p.m. in the Beehive. Thor’s book for children, Bartholomew Quill, uses the explorations of a quizzical young crow to explain biodiversity. The book is also available for sale and signing at the event.
Hanson’s research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. Thor’s research interests include birds, plants, primates, insects, endangered species, and the interface between human and natural systems. He has studied Central American trees and songbirds, nest predation in Tanzania and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda where he helped establish the mountain gorilla tourism program in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
He has studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on rare plant communities, avian nest predation, and the reproductive ecology and genetic diversity of rainforest trees. Thor is currently involved in projects on Tufted Puffins and native bees, and his work on the interface between warfare and biodiversity conservation has been covered by news outlets around the world, including Reuters, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Times of India.
This program is provided through the generosity of Edward J. Barry, Jr.
Books by Thor Hanson
Buzz: the Nature and Necessity of Bees
Bees lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural world. Buzz shows up why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect.
The Triumph of Seeds
Explore how seeds have influenced everything from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the Industrial Revolution to the shape of the human face. Winner of four major book awards.
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle
Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: aerodynamic, functional, and beguiling. Discover the sweeping history of this common object with uncommon abilities. Winner of five major book awards.
Bartholomew Quill: A Crow’s Quest to Know Who’s Who
Follow the journey of this young crow as he tries to figure out who and what he is. This fun read-aloud for the whole family is a whimsical mix of science and poetry.
The Impenetrable Forest: Gorilla Years in Uganda
Get a rare glimpse into the world of mountain gorillas and the human cultures that surround them. Thor’s two year odyssey is a must-read for anyone interested in endangered species.
For more about Thor Hanson’s work visit www.thorhanson.net. For more about this program, call (309)497-2000.