John Muir Laws to give slide presentation in Ukiah on May 14



Passionate about the Sierra Nevada and its wildlife, John Muir Laws backpacked the peaks, passes, and foothills of our country's highest mountain range for six years to observe and paint 1,700 species for The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada. This pocket-sized book is packed with 2,710 original watercolors illustrating the full spectrum of life forms: mushrooms, lichens, wildflowers, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The guide also includes sections on animal tracks, weather patterns, and stars. Laws will give a presentation in Ukiah titled "Finding Connection in Nature" on Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Ukiah Civic Center.

John Muir (Jack) Laws is in high demand around the state as a speaker and environmental educator. He has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences and conventions since the publication of his book, including a climate change conference, a CNPS conservation symposium, and numerous birding conventions.

Trained as a wildlife biologist and artist, Laws shares his delight in the natural world through workshops on wildlife, conservation, sketching from nature, and scientific illustration. "Finding Connection in Nature" will be illustrated with Laws' vivid and detailed paintings of "the beautiful and amazing species of the Sierra and the relationships between them." His talk will also touch on the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, the process of creating a field guide, and the conservation challenges facing the stewards of the Sierra Nevada. Signed copies of The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada as well as his book Sierra Birds: A Hiker's Guide, will be available for purchase at the presentation.

Please note that in order to secure Jack Laws as a speaker, Peregrine Audubon Society has made a departure from its usual schedule. Laws will speak on the second Thursday in May rather than the third Thursday. This presentation is free to the public, though donations will be welcome. For more information please go to

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Kate Marianchild
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