What in the world are nature’s connections from rainbows to bluebirds to Buffleheads? We will find out in a colorful program by Bill Beatty at the 3RBC meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Bill is a widely known consulting naturalist and outdoor education specialist from Wellsburg, West Virginia.
The program’s title is that of his new book, Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads: Discovering Life Through Birds, which chronicles his interest in birds from a young boy to the present.
Bill has a B.S. degree in biology from West Liberty University. He founded a company named Wild & Natural in 1990, specializing in nature/environmental programs, nature writing, and nature photography with more than 2,500 published photos. From 1993-2008 he was an instructor for the Center for Professional Development, where he taught teachers how to become better teachers with unique and innovative teaching techniques.
He was an Interpretive Naturalist for Oglebay Institute from 1972 to 1990 and is an instructor for various nature-related events in the West Virginia State Park System. Bill taught recreational camping, outdoor leisure pursuits, and outdoor activities classes for the P.E. Department 1999-2015 and guest lectures for the Biology Department at West Liberty University.
Bill holds a Federal Master Personal Bird Banding permit and for 28 years studied the breeding biology of the Eastern Screech-Owl. He presented a program on his owl research at our club’s April, 2005 meeting. Bill and Jan Runyan, who is also a bander, band approximately 1,000 birds each year at their home near Wellsburg, West Virginia.
Bill is the author of Bill and Bev Beatty’s Wild Plant Cookbook, which many people refer to as “the cookbook you can read,” highlighting nutritional insights and simple recipes using many commonly available edible wild plants. He will have copies of both books for sale (cash or check only) at the meeting: Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads is $18.95 and the Wild Plant Cookbook is $9.95. Read more about Bill and his work on his website and photo gallery at www.agpix.com/billbeatty.
Our meeting place is the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for socializing, a business meeting will begin at 7:30, and the program will start at 8:00.
We hope to see you on October 3, 2018!
Directions to Phipps Garden Center: https://www.mapquest.com/search/results?query=Phipps%20garden%20center&boundingBox=45.460130637921004,-117.3779296875,30.826780904779774,-78.6181640625&page=0
“It’s more than just a cookbook. It’s a book you can read, with interesting stories and lots of information about nutrition. I love it!” Participant, Governor’s Summer Institute.
Edible wild plants can provide much of our body’s most necessary nutrition…for free! More important, these plants are fun. My goals in writing this book were to provide people with a tool that can make them healthier and more self-reliant and to help people appreciate and enjoy what Nature gives us. Here are recipes, tried and enjoyed by my family, natural histories of plants and stories of my experiences with wild edibles.
5.5 X 8.5 inches 175 pages
One reviewer wrote: “I highly recommend this book for several reasons. It is a fairly small paperback that doesn’t weigh very much, so I can carry it on foraging expeditions. Further, it covers many wild edible plants – over 30. As a wild edible plant instructor, I know that every person who wants to learn foraging needs and wants to learn good, tasty ways to cook foods that might need some imaginative recipes; even some domesticated fruits and vegetables need the help of recipes to make them palatable and tasty. Also, I particularly like the arrangement of the book – it is by the individual plants. If you want recipes for different ways to prepare dandelions, just turn to the chapter on dandelions. Most other books of wild edible plant recipes are categorized in groups like: soups, casseroles, desserts, etc. Then you have to go to the index to look up the dandelions and trek through many recipes hopefully to find what looks pleasing to you. The arrangement in the Beatty’s book makes a lot more sense to me.”
Another reviewer wrote: “This is a great book, simple and easy to understand. Great and fun recipes, I like it! I recommend it to anyone who would like to try some new and fun foods with ingredients from nature… this would be great coupled with a plant ID book.”
Autographed copies are available for $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping. West Virginia residents add $.60 sales tax per book. Not available outside the continental United States. Mail check or money order to: Bill Beatty, 540 Genteel Ridge Road, Wellsburg, WV 26070 Please make sure to include your shipping address.
MY NEW BOOK HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED!
When I teach, I tell stories about birds I’ve met and many of you have asked me to share my stories in writing. I also am asked how I could manage to learn so much about birds. Well, let me tell you a story…..
In Rainbows, Bluebirds and Buffleheads I share my favorite memories and stories about birds and how they changed my life. You’ll meet the rainbow birds that started it all and some amazing people who helped me when I was a fledgling. Midnight owl surveys…an avalanche of birds…Ralph-ael…bare-handing birds…pileated prowess…and so much more.
Finally I have answered your requests and am excited to share many of my birding life stories with you.
6X9 inches 312 pages
Autographed copies are available for $18.95 plus $3.50 shipping. West Virginia residents add $1.13 sales tax per book. Not available outside the continental United States. Mail check or money order to: Bill Beatty, 540 Genteel Ridge Road, Wellsburg, WV 26070 Please make sure you include your shipping address.