Posted by: Anne Murray | October 11, 2009

The Year of the Flood

Last week was memorable for me as I attended Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood book launch in Vancouver, manning a table for her charity of choice, Nature Canada, that featured the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program. In BC this program is run by BC Nature, where 84 natural areas have been identified under the international IBA criteria. The book launch was most unusual, since it included both dramatized readings and musical interludes. The language was forceful, witty and emotional in turn, and the message both futuristic and environmental. I am looking forward to reading the book. I was accompanied at the Nature Canada by Dr Rob Butler, a renowned bird biologist and blog writer for the Vancouver Sun and my daughter, Sarah, who has read every one of Atwood’s books.
I was also delighted to have a chance to meet with Ms Atwood the next day, for what was originally intended to be a birding trip, but turned into a short walk among the tourists and bicycles of the sea wall in Stanley Park, overlooking Burrard Inlet (which incidentally is an Important Bird Area due to its attraction for grebes, loons, cormorants and other fish eating birds). The walk may be included in a documentary of the tour, although other than a flock of Canada Geese and a few shy Savannah Sparrows the birds were not too evident. Check out Margaret Atwood’s blog for pictures and tales of her Vancouver launch and visit.

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