Marybeth Lima



Professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Louisiana State University, Marybeth Lima is author of Building Playgrounds, Engaging Communities: Creating Safe and Happy Places for Children and coauthor of Play On! Evidence-based Playground Activities and Service-Learning: Engineering in Your Community.





2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Capitol Park Museum, First Floor Auditorium
Birding in Louisiana

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species

In Adventures of a Louisiana Birder, MarybethLima chronicles five years in which she chased and ‘listed’ birds across the state—from Shreveport to Slidell—with her spouse, Lynn. With many road trips over a 5-year span, Lima reveals both the arduous and uplifting sides of her travels—including nemesis birds and embarrassing misidentifications alongside the hardships of Lynn’s near-death and Lima’s mother-in-law’s decline in health. A tale of competition and camaraderie within a community that traverses Louisiana’s diverse, lush, and endangered habitats, Adventures of a Louisiana Birder shows how the joy of birding can bind people together, even in the face of adversity.


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