The Genius of Birds
The fog is lifting. I can begin to make out the undulant curtain of the Blue Ridge Mountains across the valley, purpled by the haze. From a grove of trees nearby comes the piercing zeet of a chickadee. One has only to consider the extraordinary genius packed tightly into that tiny puff of feathers to lay the mind wide open to the mysteries of a bird’s knowing — the what and the why. These are wonderful puzzles to keep around on our intellectual bookshelf, to remind us how little we still know.
— Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds
February reminds us daily to take heart in the promise of spring and to love with abandon.
Look to the cheerful snowdrops, tune into birdsong, and breathe in earth. Train all your senses while making connections in nature through the Arboretum’s programs for adult learners.
Registration opens for our February and March classes below.