Mendocino Coast Audubon May Program

Charlene McAllister

Finding Connection in Nature

The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society is delighted to bring well known
author, naturalist, educator, and artist, John (Jack) Muir Laws to the
Mendocino Coast. Laws, who delights in exploring the natural world and
sharing this love with others, will be speaking on "Finding Connection in
Nature" on Monday May 11 at 7:00 pm at Dana Gray Elementary School, 1197 E.
Chestnut Street in Fort Bragg. (Please note this is an earlier date than
normal and a changed location)

For six years, John Muir Laws backpacked the Sierra Nevada to research and
illustrate The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada, a pocket size field guide to
over 1,700 species found in the Sierra Nevada. The guide, which includes
2,710 original watercolor paintings was reviewed by educators, naturalists,
and scientists throughout the country, and was intensively field tested by
adults and youth. This guide helps visitors or residents of the Sierra
understand and appreciate the biodiversity of the region. This comprehensive
and easy to use guide allows botanists to identify the insects that come to
their flowers, birders to identify the trees in which the birds perch, or
hikers to identify the stars overhead at night.

Deeply committed to stewardship of nature, Laws collaborates with
organizations throughout the state to further the cause. He is currently
coordinating efforts to create a standards based sixth through eighth grade
curriculum to help teachers convey a love of nature and an understanding of
biodiversity to their students through field studies and nature sketching.
He has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California,
Wyoming, and Alaska and teaches classes on natural history, conservation
biology, scientific illustration, and field sketching. He is trained as a
wildlife biologist and is an associate of the California Academy of
Sciences. His illustrations capture the feeling of the living plant or
animal, while also including details critical for identification.

Audubon programs are free to the public, however donations to offset the
cost of the programs are always welcomed.

For further information go to or email

Note: Laws will be speaking in Ukiah on Thursday May 14th.

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