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Concord’s Bird Life from Thoreau’s Day to Today

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

- Free

As part of Riverfest, join us for a colorful talk on what birds Henry David Thoreau saw versus the birds we see today. Some are still here in strong numbers. Our grassland birds have become rare. A number of forest and marsh birds that used to nest here but have vanished as breeders. Many southern species have come north due to bird feeders and a plethora of invasive alien plant fruits. Birds that were overhunted have come back big time. Henry never saw ravens, turkeys or turkey vultures let alone deer. What is the one bird Henry recorded often and is now extinct?

Presenter Peter Alden wrote the foreword and was scientific editor of the just published A Year of Birds: Writings on Birds from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau, which includes 150 color paintings by Barry Van Dusen and Thoreau quotes for all 365 days of the year.

Walk-ins welcome, but pre-registration appreciated.


Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742 United States
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