The Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society in partnership with Sedgwick Reserve will host author Lyanda Lynne Haupt for an evening of lecture and book signing Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
She will present her latest book, Mozart’s Starling at Sedgwick Reserve's Tipton House, located at 3566 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Santa Ynez. Prior to the lecture, attendees are invited to take a walk to the pond around 5 p.m. to witness the nightly spectacle of starlings and blackbirds returning to roost for the night among the cattails.
In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The personal journey of music and the natural world inspired the author's raising of a starling bird, named Carmen, in her own home.
Haupt is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. She holds a master’s degree in environmental ethics and philosophy. Some of Haupt's other books include: The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness, and Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks. Many of these books will be available for sale, in addition to Mozart’s Starling.
She has created and directed educational programs for Seattle Audubon, worked in raptor rehabilitation in Vermont, and been a seabird researcher for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the remote tropical Pacific; and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, a mixed backyard chicken flock, and Carmen the starling, featured in her newest book.