Flight Calls: Adventures with Massachusetts Birds (Paperback)John R. Nelson (author)
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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
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 133 mm
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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