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Winter Birding Speaker Series: Spirit Ducks and Dive-Doppers – Birds in Cape Ann History and Culture

February 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join author and professor, John Nelson, in a guided tour and presentation that will explore birding locations around Cape Ann and some of the Cape’s distinctive birds as they appear in the works of writers and artists like Captain John Smith, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, T.S. Eliot, and Ann Sexton.

9:00 am: Guided Gloucester Harbor Tour –  Self transportation required.
– Meet at the end of the State Fish Pier
– Visit Eastern Point Light House, park at Mass Audubon Lot
– Bass Rocks at the Elks Club

11:00am: Presentation at Blue Shutters Beachside Inn (masks required)
– Food, beverages available

About John: John Nelson is the author of Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds. His essay “Funny Bird Sex” in the Antioch Review was awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize, and his narrative “Coming of Old Age in Samoa” in The Missouri Review  was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A professor emeritus at North Shore Community College, John was the 2021 Visiting Writer at the college and has taught the course “Creative Non-fiction” for the Gloucester Writers Center. He chairs the Association of Massachusetts Bird Clubs and the Conservation and Education Committee of the Brookline Bird Club. He lives with his wife Mary in the woods on a hilltop in Gloucester.

You can purchase a copy of his book, Flight Calls here (30% off using code S735): https://www.umasspress.com/9781625344700/flight-calls/


February 6
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Blue Shutters Beachside Inn
1 Nautilus Road
Gloucester, 01930 United States
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