Partner Event: Carl Safina at Darien Library

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 3:00pm

Guess WHOO is coming to the Darien Library? Along with the Darien Nature Center, we're thrilled to help welcome Dr. Carl Safina who will discuss his latest book, the powerful and poignant story of Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe. You can register here.

When the ecologist Carl Safina took in a wounded baby screech owl, he expected that she’d be a temporary guest, just like other wild orphans he and his wife Patricia had rescued over the years. But the tiny creature—named Alfie—took a long time to heal. Carl and Patricia could never have predicted that when Alfie was finally able to live free, she would choose to maintain connection and establish her territory with their home at its center, attract a wild mate, and raise her babies right outside his studio window. Nor could they have guessed that the Covid-19 pandemic would grant the graciousness of time to form a profound bond with Alfie, while Alfie and her brood provided solace and sanity in a year upended. In Alfie & Me, Safina relates how, through months of lockdown, Alfie pulled them into her world as through a portal. Alfie and Me is a book about relationships that are possible when we blur the boundaries between humans and the rest of life on Earth. It is also an exploration into what could be gained by allowing ourselves to connect at a deeper level—as other cultures have done around the world, over millennia—and what we lose through our particular culture’s self-imposed exile from the living world.

Alfie and Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe By Carl Safina Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324065463
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2023

Event address: 
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820