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Virginia Society of Ornithology Banquet with Jennifer Ackerman

  • Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center 1000 Virginia Center Parkway Glen Allen, VA, 23059 United States (map)

Tickets are available for the 2017 Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual meeting and/or the banquet on Saturday night featuring a reading and book signing by Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds. 


Richmond Audubon Society will be hosting the 2017 Virginia Society of Ornithology Annual meeting at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center from May 5 – 7. Speakers at this year’s event include a kick-off presentation by Dr. Ashley Peele about the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas 2 on Friday night. Our keynote speaker for Saturday evening’s banquet will be Jennifer Ackerman, author and naturalist, who recently published her new book The Genius of Birds.

Registration for the Annual Meeting is available online at the VSO website (here: or by mailing a check with the registration form found in the VSO newsletter. Prices per person are: registration $40, banquet $40, and raffle for a pair of Zeiss Optics binoculars $5. 

Keynote speaker Jennifer Ackerman is both author and naturalist, having written The Genius of Birds in April 2016, which delves into the intelligence of “bird-brained” species across the globe that exhibit incredible feats of memory and creativity. Jennifer earned the Silver Medal Award for Nature Writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, has been selected for the New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and also the New York Times “New and Noteworthy” paperback. She has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, and Scientific American (to name a few) for her writing, has been interviewed by National Public Radio, and has published five books with critical acclaim. The Daily Progress commended, “Richly researched… The Genius of Birds provides engrossing evidence that will have readers looking at birds in a completely new way.” A book signing opportunity will follow her presentation after the banquet.