April 07, 2022    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Event Type

This is a virtual meeting on Zoom. Meeting timing: 7-7:30PM group chat; 7:30-8PM club business; 8PM presentation followed by questions. Please register here and then watch for the meeting link in your email.


For most of human existence, the seasonal flight of migratory birds and insects has been hidden in plain sight in the night sky above us. The last century of technological advances accelerated our ability to see, study, and participate in this breathtaking effort millions of years in the making. All the while, the landscapes to which these sojourners arrive is disappearing faster than ever. 

Join us as urban birder, rooftop farmer and author Annie Novak discusses her new work, an illustrated narrative of the scientific understanding of nocturnal bird migration. Novak’s explores this emerging map with history, humor, curiosity, and a vibrant visual imagination, prompting us to look at the skies above in a new light.  Learn about the new technology available to understand these incredible journeys, and how to support birds along the way.

Annie Novak is an urban farmer, author, and educator. Annie is the founder and director of Growing Chefs, field-to-fork food education program; the Manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, and co-founder and farmer of the nation’s first commercial green roof farm, the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, New York. Her efforts greening the city landscape are widely covered in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, NPR, Vogue, and in her own words in The Atlantic, among other publications. She is the author and illustrator of The Rooftop Growing Guide: How to Transform Your Roof into a Garden or Farm (Ten Speed Press). She has served on the board of the American Bird Conservancy since 2018. To learn more about Annie’s classes, writing and work on gardening, ecology and bird migration, visit annienovak.com 

Praise for The Rooftop Growing Guide from The New York Times: “If your vegetable garden happens to be on your roof, Annie Novak is the genius for your place. Novak, who is passionate about “people, plants, food politics,” is a co-founder and the head farmer of the nation’s first commercial green roof farm, in Brooklyn.”