Join us on Sunday, May 21, at Manuel’s Tavern, as we celebrate our month-long array of Atlanta’s best birding destinations, educational workshops, and other events of Atlanta Bird Fest 2017. Birder, author, naturalist, and professor Dr. Drew Lanham will present his inspiring book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity”—to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today. Copies of The Home Place will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Lanham.
In addition to Dr. Lanham’s presentation, top fundraisers and birders from Atlanta Bird Fest’s Big Day Challenge will be awarded prizes during this fun celebration. The Closing Celebration is free to attend, but we ask that you pre-register to help with our planning.