WHERE SONG BEGAN AND THE NEW NATURE
A TALK BY TIM LOW
Blue Mountains Theatre, Community Hub, Springwood NSW
Sunday 23 July, 2017, 2:30pm (doors and bar open at 2pm)
Co-sponsored by the Blue Mountains Conservation Society & Science at the Local
Tim Low is a biologist and best-selling author of seven books about nature and conservation.
His most recent book, Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds and How They Changed the World, became the first nature book to win the Australian Book Industry Award for best general non-fiction. It was praised in the New York Review of Books and recommended by Scientific American. His earlier book The New Nature was praised by Time magazine and listed by Who magazine as one of the books of the year. Tim writes a blog for Australian Geographic magazine and has a lizard named after him.
Where Song Began:
Australia's Birds and how they Changed the world
Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent's tens of millions of years of isolation. Tim explains how our birds came to be so extraordinary, including the large role played by the foods they consume and by our climate, soil, and fire. The story of Australia's birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of Australia itself, and one that continues to unfold.
The New Nature:
Winners and Losers in Wild Australia
Humanised environments are not necessarily shunned by all species and often provide important resources. Tim challenges conventional thinking about nature and conservation by showing that some native species are benefiting rather than suffering from human impacts and exploring how these ‘winners’ sometimes go on to cause environmental problems.