The community is invited to meet "Nature Wars" author Jim Sterba Saturday, July 19, at 4 p.m. at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s future facility on John Street. The talk and book-signing event is a fundraiser for P.A.W.S. Forever Home Capital Campaign.

Sterba has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show,” “Maine Audubon TV” and many other national television and radio programs. “Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds” offers a provocative look at how Americans created an inadvertent mess.

For 400 years, explorers, traders and settlers plundered North American wildlife in an escalating rampage. In the 20th century, an incredible turnaround took place. Conservationists created wildlife sanctuaries, restored habitats and imposed regulations on hunters and trappers. Over decades, they nursed many wild populations back to health. Then, after World War II, something happened that conservationists hadn’t foreseen. People moved into suburbs and then kept moving outward. All the while, well-meaning efforts to protect animals allowed wild populations to burgeon out of control. The result is a mix of people and wildlife that should be an animal-lover’s dream, but often turns into a sprawl-dweller’s nightmare.

Books will be available in advance at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe and will be available at the event. Sterba will be available following the talk for book signing. A $20 donation is asked at the door the day of the event, or $15 in advance at the Center office or online at

Founded in 1974, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving the towns of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville.  For more information about P.A.W.S. and its Forever Home Capital Campaign, visit the Center or website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or