The Northwest Branch Library will be the site of an upcoming autograph and discussion session with the author of a biography based on the life of a birding enthusiast credited with the recovery of the whooping crane.
Lowell Schake, a retired professor living in Port Aransas, recently released "On the Wings of Cranes: Larry Walkinshaw's Life Story," in memory of his late father-in-law.
"It should appeal to anybody interested in birding," Lynda Whitton, head librarian at the Northwest Branch Library said. "This event is for anyone, from children to adults…anyone who wants information on a very interesting man and his life."
Walkinshaw, who passed away in 1993, is nationally recognized for his life's work in helping to preserve the endangered Whooping Crane, Greater Sandhill Cranes and Kirtland's Warblers. He also conducted Christmas bird counts across much of Texas, Whitton said
The event will kick off a two-month series of fall/winter programs that will explore different topics of birding discussed in the book, she added, as well as Walkinshaw's life and work. The first meeting is scheduled to take place Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. in the library's Clif Moss Nature Education Center, located at 3202 McKinzie Road.
The monthly discussions, which will all be headed by Schake, are open to birding enthusiasts and members of the general public alike, organizers said. Whitton said the library's recent focus and theme on nature, specifically with the construction of the Clif Moss Nature Education Center, has generated a lot of interest in the activity of bird watching, along with some much-needed donations.
"We've got a strong birding community, and I didn't realize how much until we got involved and people started donating," Whitton said.