Beaver Lake book club for nature enthusiasts

Good books, good people and good conversation are on the schedule for the Beaver Lake Book Club.

The monthly book discussions, held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Beaver Lake Nature Center, are open to everyone with the selected books available at the local library.

On Wednesday Jan. 19, the club will discuss Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods." Never before in history have children been so plugged in and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression.

On Wednesday Feb. 16, the club will discuss Alan Tennant's "On the Wing: To the Edge of the Earth with the Peregrine Falcon." As a naturalist, Tennant ("The Guadalupe Mountains of Texas") describes his efforts to trail peregrine falcons on their epic migratory flights from the Caribbean to the Arctic in a detailed, impassioned account that's part nature study and part gonzo travelogue. After radio-tagging a young peregrine off the coast of Texas, plenty of excitement-runins with Canadian Mounties, trouble with Vose's battered plane-follows as the men track their "guiding angel," the bird they name Amelia.

On Wednesday March 16, the club will discuss John Robbins' "The Food Revolution- How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life & Our World." What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat vegetarian, Robbins argues. Robbins,

heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire, takes on fad diets, the meat industry, food irradiation, hormone and antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal husbandry practices, the economics of meat consumption, biotechnology and the prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli.

This program is free with the $3 per vehicle admission to the nature center located on East Mud Lake Road, west of Baldwinsville along Route 370. Pre-registration is required by calling 638-2519.

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