2015-16 Feather River College Book in Common:

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert




  • To show, in a public way, that FRC values learning through reading

  • To bring the Feather River College Community together through a common experience

  • To bring literate, engaging stories, and relevant topics to the Feather River College Community

  • To recognize our shared humanity

Upcoming Events

What?                  Fieldtrip to Spanish Creek to look for Foothill Yellow Legged Frogs

When?                 Tuesday, September 1st, 1 – 4pm

Who?                    Anyone interested! Plumas National Forest wildlife biologist Colin Dillingham will lead the trip

Where?               Meet at vans at the bottom of main parking lot at 1pm

Details:                 RSVP to Darla DeRuiter (dderuiter@frc.edu) if you or any of your students are interested in joining the fieldtrip associated with The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Wear shoes that can get wet (we will be wading in the creek).  Be prepared for an afternoon outside (sun protection, drinking water).

Plumas County doesn’t have chytrid fungus – yet – but we have a number of frog species of special concern.  Learn about what’s going on in our area to conserve amphibians!  Afternoon is a good time to look for frogs basking in the sun.

Next fieldtrip:  

September 11 from 8 am - 8 pm.  

Boating on Lake Almanor with Plumas Aubudon Society, We are guaranteed to see THOUSANDS of Western and Clark’s Grebes!

More information coming soon.

October 15 – California Pitcher Plants at Butterfly Valley

More information coming soon.

TBD during Spring Break – Fossils in Taylorsville

Study Guides and Interesting Links

  • Study Guide

    coming soon
  • Youtube.com Videos

    coming soon
  • Important Links

    coming soon
  • Sample Student Papers

    coming soon

For as long as humans have walked the Earth, we’ve been making changes to it – oftentimes with little or no comprehension about the far-reaching consequences of our actions. But in her book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert opens our eyes to the powerful and possibly catastrophic mass extinction unfolding right in front of us. 

Elizabeth Kolbert won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for The Sixth Extinction, which is now out in paperback. She traveled the globe to tell the fascinating and important story of how our planet is under assault— and why we should all be concerned.

Kolbert is a staff writer for the New Yorker, a two-time National Magazine award winner and the author of the 2006 bestseller, Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

Please submit suggestions for the FRC Book in Common 2016

Send email to cconnell@frc.edu or ktrutna@frc.edu