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Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior was founded in 1924 by William Boyce Thompson, an engineer who made a fortune in the mining industry.

SUPERIOR — Boyce Thompson Arboretum is starting a new virtual series featuring best-selling nature authors.

The NYT to BTA series began in May and runs throughout the summer with several authors set to give virtual talks.

University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How native plants sustain” and “Nature’s Best Hope,” will speak on Thursday, June 24, at noon. The event includes a 30-minute question and answer session.

As well as being a New York Times Best Selling author, Tallamy is a winner of the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence, the 2018 AHS B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and the 2019 Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

He will discuss simple steps people should take to reverse declining biodiversity.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of a book of nature essays, “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments,” is set to speak on Thursday, July 22, at 6 p.m. with a 45-minute presentation and reading followed by a 15-minute question and answer session.

“World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, & Other Astonishments” was named a finalist for the Kirkus Prize in non-fiction.

Nezhukumatathil is also the author of four award-winning poetry collections. Awards for her writing include fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Council, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, ESPN and Best American Poetry. She is a professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s Master of Fine Arts program.

Environmental writer Emma Marris, author of the soon-to-be-released “WILD SOULS: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World,” will speak on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.

Her previous book, “Rambunctious Garden,” was the subject of a TED Talk, which has over 1.4 million views. She has written for many magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic, Wired, the New York Times, Nature and Outside.

She will give a 45-minute presentation and will answer questions following the session..

Admission to the virtual event is $10 for each individual presentation or $35 for the entire series.

Registration is online at


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at