NSCC presents Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds
North Shore Community College (NSCC) invites the public to a free presentation, Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds, Monday, March 2, 11 a.m. – noon, at their Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Math & Science building, room DS119.
The program, a slide show presentation with some readings by author and NSCC Professor Emeritus, John Nelson, combines stories about the author’s birding experiences with an exploration of prime birding locations in Massachusetts, a brief history of bird study in our state and literature about birds by writers including Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver. Nelson mixes in some humor with a serious look at bird conservation and the future prospects for Massachusetts birds.
Nelson is the author of the essay collection Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds (2019) and Cultivating Judgment: A Sourcebook for Teaching Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum (2005) He has contributed creative nonfiction to many literary and nature magazines. His essay “Funny Bird Sex” from the Antioch Review was awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize, and his narrative essay “Coming of Old Age in Samoa” in The Missouri Review has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Nelson is NSCC’s 2020 Visiting Writer and is currently teaching the course “Creative Nonfiction” at the Gloucester Writers Center.