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Flight Calls: Adventures with Massachusetts Birds (Paperback)
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Flight Calls: Adventures with Massachusetts Birds (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 30/08/2019
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The paths of different birds look like double helixes, flowing strands of hair, and migrating serpents, and they beckon with calls that have definite meanings. These mysterious creatures inspire growing numbers of birders in their passionate pursuit of new species, and writer John R. Nelson is no exception. In Flight Calls, he takes readers on explorations to watch, hear, and know MassachuSetts's hummingbirds, hawks, and herons along the coasts and in the woodlands, meadows, and marshes of Cape Ann, Cape Cod, the Great Marsh, Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Quabbin wilderness, Mount WachuSett, and elsewhere.

With style, humor, and a sense of wonder, Nelson blends his field adventures with a history of the birding community; natural and cultural history; bird stories from authors such as Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver; current scientific research; and observations about the fascinating habits of birds and their admirers. These essays are capped off with a plea for bird conservation, in MassachuSetts and beyond.

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 9781625344700
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 133 mm


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John R. Nelson is as talented a writer as you will find in the birding community today... you don't have to be a Bay State birder to appreciate these essays. They convey a universal sense of wonder about birds, style, humor, and a smart mix of natural and cultural history and human foibles that anyone will enjoy.

--BirdWatching Magazine

Nelson is interesting and erudite company... His knowledge of literature is matched by his passion for local history and art history.

--Bird Observer

Flight Calls is as much a collection of short stories about birding as it is an ethnography of Massachusetts birders, a study on the Bay State's natural history, and a selection of colonial-era anecdotes. As with other birding memoirs, the essays contained within this moderately slim book also possess decidedly human themes surpassing basic birdlife.

--Bird Watcher's Digest

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