Explore Nature through Literature at Audubon’s April 7 First Friday

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Audubon Community Nature Center

Retired SUNY Fredonia English professor Terry Mosher will take you “Birding with Rachel Carson and Robert Frost” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch on April 7, 2017. Mosher is pictured here at the College Lodge in Brocton.

At Audubon Community Nature Center’s next First Friday Lunch Bunch Terry Mosher will present, “Let’s go Birding with Rachel Carson and Robert Frost.”

At the 11 a.m. event on April 7, Mosher will lead you on an exploration of nature through literature.

All their lives, Robert Frost and Rachel Carson studied birds. By looking closely at a few poems by Frost and a few prose passages by Carson, you will discover that a poet and a literary naturalist have much to teach you about birds.

Frost’s and Carson’s interests were never general. Particular species – their habitat preferences, migrations, breeding and feeding habits, songs and calls – fired the imaginations of these great American writers.

Aided by photos of the birds these authors wrote about and recordings of their songs, you will examine a few Frost poems and a few passages by Carson in order to answer the questions: What did a birder’s eye, ear, and scientific curiosity do for the work of each writer? As students of life and students of birds, what can they teach you?

For 36 years, Terry Mosher taught courses in environmental literature, English education, and poetry at SUNY Fredonia. Now retired, the longtime birder and amateur naturalist is past President of the Lake Erie Bird Club and works with several local conservation organizations.

This event is one of several Audubon programs offered in collaboration with the Green Up Jamestown Initiative. For more information on this partnership to unite community members who support conservation and sustainability and who advocate clean renewable energies, economies, and jobs, visit www.greenupjamestown.com.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation follows the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for attending is $8 or $6 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or click through Plan Your Visit/Attend a Program at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.