Sacajawea Audubon

March 7th – SAS Book Group Discussion of “The Genius of Birds”

The Genius of Birds

In March the SAS book group will discuss The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. The Wall Street Journal describes the book as  "a masterly survey of research. . . that has produced a revolution in our understanding of bird cognition." Rick Bass says it is "delightful, revolutionary" and "a book that demands a moral consideration of the world." The group will meet March 7th, 2018, at Hope Lutheran Church from 4:00-5:15 p.m.

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Jan. 17th – SAS Book Group Discussion of the Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich wins much praise for good science, good writing and illustrations by the author. Heinrich is the author of many books about nature, including “Mind of the Raven.” Winter World explores “staggering evolutionary innovations” that allow animals to survive winter. The Book Group will discuss Winter World at Hope Lutheran Church on January 17, 2018, from 4:00 to 5:15 pm.  Note change in time.

Everyone is welcome. If you are attending for the first time please email Adele Pittendrigh. 


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Dec. 6th SAS Book Group Discussion: The Hidden Lives of Trees


The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben asks us to consider the life and relationships within healthy forests. Wohlleben worked for the forestry commission in Germany for 20 yearsand now “runs an environmentally friendly woodland where he works for the return of primeval forests.” He is described as following in the tradition of “great naturalist story-tellers.”

The discussion will be on December 6, 2017, at the Hope Lutheran Church from 5:30-6:45pm. If you are new to the book group please email Adele Pittendrigh and let her know. (


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SAS Book Group: Seeking New Members & Songbird Journeys, Oct. 18th

Book Group Seeks New Members; Third Year Opens with Songbird Journeys

Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons In the Lives of Migratory Birds by Miyoko Chu explores lives of songbirds and their migrations. “Songbird Journeys pays homage to the wonder and beauty of songbirds while revealing the remarkable lives of migratory birds and the scientific quest to answer age-old questions about where songbirds go...."

The discussion of Songbird Journeys will be on October 18th, 5:30-6:45PM, in the comfortable youth room of the Hope Lutheran Church. The book group seeks new members, and all SAS members are warmly invited to participate. Discussions are informal, lively and fun.


Please send email to Adele Pittendrigh if you are participating for the first time. (

Happy Reading!


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April 20th – Beyond Words: Last Book of the Season

The final reading for the Sacajawea Audubon Book Group this year is Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel, by Carl Safina. Safina has won numerous awards and much recognition for his writing. Beyond Words is his seventh book. It's described as beautiful, compassionate, surprising, delightful, and enlightening. The discussion of Beyond Words will be on April 20, 5:30-6:45PM, in the Hope Lutheran Church.


Please send email to Adele Pittendrigh if you are participating for the first Happy Reading!

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March 9th- SAS Book Group: Grass, Sky, Song


The next book group meeting will be March 9, 2017. The discussion will be about Grass, Sky, Song: Promise and Peril in the World of Grassland Birds by Trevor Herriot, an award winning author who lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. One commentator describes the book: “As beautifully rendered as the land it celebrates. The writing, the illustrations [drawn by the author], and the design all rise to the level or art.”


Book group meetings go from 5:30-6:45 PM at Hope Lutheran Church. If you are new to the book group and plan to attend for the first time, please contact Adele Pittendrigh so you can be added to the mailing list.



Jan. 19th- SAS Book Group- “What the Robin Knows”

51atMIjHbBL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_On January 19th, the SAS Book Group will discuss What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World by Jon Young. The book promises to teach us how robins and other birds use a universal bird language that communicates about what is going on in the environment. Everyone is welcome to participate in the book group, which meets every 6 weeks from 5:30-6:45 in the Hope Lutheran Church.

If this is your first time attending one of the discussions, please send email to Adele Pittendrigh at