Humans and chickens have been interacting for nearly 10,000 years. However, it wasn’t until the year 1,000 when chickens became a regular source of food, and 1948 when they became a staple of the American diet. Come learn about the animal that Jane Goodall credits with kickstarting her lifetime journey as a naturalist when Bronwyn Mitchell-Strong shares stories from her newly published book, Roost: Confessions of a First-time Chicken Farmer and answers your questions about life with chickens. Signed books will be available.


Born on the bayous of Louisiana, Bronwyn – the current onsite program coordinator for NHSM – has lived in Botswana on the island of American Samoa, Dallas, Texas, and three different cities in Maryland working mainly in the fields of environmental protection and education.  Bronwyn’s writing is pulled from her experiences traveling, living abroad, and her quest to try anything at least once. One season as a professional football player. One boxing match. One marathon. One trip almost to the top of Kilimanjaro. One year as a substitute teacher. One run for public office. 

The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.

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