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!