In 2020, California had its worst fire season on record, with more than 3.2 million acres burned. Many people blame the increased incidence and intensity of the California fires in recent years on the heating of the climate. William Young will look at some of the ways that the climate crisis is affecting fire-prone areas in California and how the state is responding.
This program is being presented as part of Alexandria Library's 2021 All Alexandria Reads program. This year we are reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean, which details the devastating 1986 fire that burned down the Central Library in L.A. County.
Bill is a writer from Arlington and has traveled to all seven continents to observe birds and wildlife. In 2014, his book The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat was published by Dover Publications. The book contains 99 essays which look at the relationship between birds and a broad range of subjects, including biology, ecology, literature, music, history, linguistics, politics, sports, entertainment, and other areas. His natural history videos on his YouTube channel have had more than a half a million views. Find Bill online at mpnature.com