Second Nature: Tales from the Montlake Fill, Book Reading and Signing
Sunday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle
Friends of Yesler Swamp invites you on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. for a book reading and signing by local nature writer Connie Sidles. In Second Nature: Tales from the Montlake Fill, Connie reveals the natural area’s secrets and shares insights on coping with the stresses of modern life. Refreshments will be served.
Connie Sidles, whom KUOW called the “Queen of the Montlake Fill” in a May 2009 interview, will present a book reading and signing of Second Nature, her second book on the birds of the Union Bay Natural Area, on Sunday, December 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st Street, Seattle. The program is sponsored by Friends of Yesler Swamp and UW Botanic Gardens, and is free and open to the public, parking is also free.
Many birdwatchers consider the 75-acre Union Bay Natural Area (aka Montlake Fill) one of the best bird watching sites in Seattle. For more than 40 years, a garbage dump, the former landfill on what was commonly called Garbage Bay now has ponds, meadows and woodland areas that attract over 250 species of birds.
Connie has been coming here almost every morning for more than 20 years. She is a master birder and a board member of the Seattle Audubon Society. As she did in her first book, In My Nature, A Birder’s Year at the Montlake Fill, in Second Nature Sidles reveals fascinating secrets of this natural area in the heart of the city and shares her insights about life. By turns funny and serious, Sidles says her goal is to open windows into wild nature and human nature.
The photo above shows a local Red-tailed hawk perched in the tall cottonwoods at the north end of Yesler Swamp. From there, she can survey all her territory as far as the UW Boathouses. According to Connie, who is well acquainted with the denizens of the swamp, “She is a fierce hunter, afraid of nothing. I once saw her capture a nutria as big as an over-inflated football.”
Connie is a Master Birder, a member of the Audubon Society Board, and a member of Friends of Yesler Swamp steering committee.