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Kate Benjamin, Top Cat at Hauspanther

Kate Benjamin–whom I suggested you could call a cat lady while noting, in this case, the term would be strictly intended as a compliment, given the scope of her expertise and the two feline-oriented bestselling books she’s co-written, as well as the 13 cats she lives with—returns to “Talking Animals.” Read more…

Duncan P. Forgey, author of “Flyin’ Kai: A Pelican’s Tale”

Duncan P. Forgey– author of Flyin’ Kai: A Pelican’s Tale, in which Forgey has spun an inventive yarn, starting with a pelican occupying the center of the novel, and no shortage of talking animals(!) dotting the landscape—recalls growing up in Newport Beach, CA, and how that experience shaped the protect-the environment-and-wildlife themes coursing through his book. Read more…

Ann Paul, an organizer of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival

Ann Paul—an organizer of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, a multifaceted, multi-day extravaganza, slated for Oct. 20-23, in and around Apollo Beach, but ultimately traversing six counties—recalls when she first became interested in birds. Read more…

Ed Yong, author of An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

Ed Yong—a science journalist, staff writer at The Atlantic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for his coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and author, most recently of An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us—recounts the genesis of the new book, noting how it evolved from a suggestion his wife, Liz Neeley, made while they were chatting in a London café. Read more…

Katherine McGill & Kate MacFall: discussing proposed changes to Florida’s trapping regulations

Katherine McGill (who runs 411 Wildlife Solutions, a humane wildlife control company) and Kate MacFall (Florida State Director for The Humane Society of the United States)–both of whom bring considerable expertise to this discussion of proposed changes to Florida’s trapping regulations—start by addressing a fundamental question: Why do people trap? Read more…