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NEXT HYBRID MEETING: Nature Writer Ernie Cowan Presents- There's A Marmot In My Pack & More 11/14/22

(Please scroll down the page for information on the next SD Hort Book Club Special Event on Zoom.)
Bearded Tom Turkey. Photo by Ernie Cowan, used with permission. "Longtime San Diego birders will tell you that there were no turkeys here (in SD) until the 1990s when a group of sportsmen teamed up with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to introduce 293 birds into the county. Birds were imported from other areas and released near Julian, Ramona and south of Interstate 8..."
Local Nature Writer Ernie Cowan Presents - There's A Marmot In My Pack & Other Reflections

Please join us on

Monday, November 14, 2022,

at 6 pm in-person at Congregation Beth Israel

or at 6:45 pm on Zoom


"There's a Marmot in My Pack: Mysteries, Encounters and Reflections from 30 years as a Nature Writer."

With Ernie Cowan

Ermie Cowan
Author Ernie Cowan.

Ernie will share from his vast nature and outdoor experiences including stories about the many critters who live with him in his garden on Mt. Hoo in Escondido.

Ernie Cowan is a noted writer, photographer, lecturer, instructor, and author.

His intimate knowledge of the Anza-Borrego Desert makes him a recognized authority on that region. He brings an astounding depth of technical knowledge along with the keen eye of a veteran outdoor photographer.

For six years he wrote the monthly Backyard Bird-watching column for the San Diego Union-Tribune and currently writes a twice-monthly Nature and Outdoors column for the paper.

He is the author of two books, the latest being “There’s a Marmot in My Pack,” (Amazon), a collection of mysteries and adventures from 30 years as an outdoor writer.

Ernie’s passion is nature, and his writings reflect the moods, feelings and intimate encounters he has experienced while seeing the wild with his heart. Many of his works chronicle profound encounters in far away, wild places.

Ernie is the former Mayor of Escondido, but his love of the outdoors has been his life-long love and he continues to serve on the command staff for San Diego County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and as a volunteer fire lookout for the U.S. Forest Service on Palomar Mountain.

Home for Ernie and his family, is on a little mountain north of Escondido they call “Mt. Hoo.” By providing water and habitat, many of the local critters often visit them and have become frequent topics of his regular Nature/Outdoor Column in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

(He will have copies of his book at Congregation Beth Israel for sale as well.)

NEXT SD HORT BOOK CLUB: November 7, 2022,
at 4:30pm social time/5pm discussion on ZOOM
The Complete Writings Of Kate Sessions In California Garden
New Edition - San Diego Floral Association, ©2020.

Everyone is welcome. Send an email with "SD Hort Book Club" in the subject line to to join the book club for just this one event or going forward. Your choice. The meeting link will be emailed to you.

Special Event: Not to be missed . . .

. . . November is Kate Sessions birthday and to celebrate, members of the San Diego Floral Association have been invited to join in our discussion of this great SDFA publication and the SDFA editors of this book have agreed to join us in the discussion. What an event this will be!

From a review of this book in Let’s Talk Plants! April 2020.

Reviewed by Lucy Warren, originally published in California Garden, Mar-Apr 2020.

“Kate Olivia Sessions began her contributions to California Garden magazine in the very first issue in 1909 with advice on tending “The July Flower Garden” and specific advice on the history, description and cultivation of “Romneya coulteri, or Matilija Poppy”. Her final article “Palms” was found among her papers and published posthumously in 1940.” - Lucy Warren


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