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09-04-2002

Renowned Bird Book Author David Sibley To Dedicate New Clarkson Nature Preserve Sept. 14

[A photo of Sibley’s book for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/sibleybook.jpg.]

Renowned bird artist and author David Allen Sibley will dedicate Clarkson University’s newly established nature preserve at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 14. A book signing in the nearby Adirondack Lodge on campus will follow at noon. The public is invited.sibleybook

The dedication ceremony will take place at the new elevated observation deck on the nature preserve, reached by a walking trail from the Adirondack Lodge. Signs will direct visitors from the parking lot next to the lodge to the trail and observation deck.

Copies of Sibley’s books will be available for sale at the book signing.

Clarkson’s nature preserve, known as Nature’s Course, is approximately 200 acres and includes a large beaver-created wetland. Within this area, there are six to seven distinct types of forest that are prime examples for study of both flora and fauna.

In creating Nature’s Course, Clarkson hopes to preserve a natural piece of the campus as a wild area where the Clarkson community can go to learn, relax, and simply enjoy the natural environment of this region without the need for travel. Students from a diverse group of academic majors are working to complete a biodiversity survey of the area, conduct species inventories, clean up litter, and plan foot trails. Students recently completed construction of an elevated observation deck overlooking the wetland.

Called the successor to John James Audubon and Roger Tory Peterson, Sibley is known for his highly acclaimed field guides to birds: The Sibley Guide to Birds (2000), The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (2001) and the upcoming Sibley’s Birding Basics (October 2002). The books have been praised as “monumental,” “far-reaching” and “indispensable.” Sibley also speaks out on the need for habitat preservation, working with such organizations as the Nature Conservancy to build awareness of the need to conserve natural environments and native species.

For more information, contact Pam Stoddard at the Clarkson Center for the Environment at 315-268-3856 or stoddard@clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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