Birds by the Shore Kit #1

"Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
– Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

 

 

 

In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the watermen of vanishing Tangier Island by Earl Swift
  • 3 copies of In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld
  • 3 copies of Turtle Island by Gary Snyder
  • 3 copies of The Outermost House: a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod by Henry Beston
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for In Hovering Flight (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)
  • 1 copy of the Nature.com/scientificreports article, Climate Change and the Evolution and Fate of the Tangier Islands of Chesapeake Bay, USA

Themes for Discussion:

  • Chesapeake Requiem: Chesapeake Bay, Tangier Island, fishers, island life, crabbing, sea level, global warming, climate change,
  • In Hovering Flight: Mothers & daughters, birds, terminal illness, environmentalists, nature, family relationships
  • Turtle Island: Creation myths, North America, nature, environmentalism
  • The Outermost House: Cape Cod, birds, naturalists, natural history

 


image credit: Photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee ca. 1950, collections of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, via beautfiulswimmers.tumblr.com

 

About the Book:

Chesapeake Requiem: A 200-year history of Chesapeake Bay's Tangier Island crabbing community. The book explains how rapidly rising sea levels will render the island uninhabitable within a few years. (Novelist)

In Hovering Flight: The novel follows the life of bird-lover Addie as her outspoken environmentalism causes friction in her relationship with her daughter and husband and leads to a troublesome dying wish for a highly illegal burial. (Novelist)

Turtle Island: A Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry about the planet, our ancient myths and roots and environmental awareness.

The Outermost House: This memoir chronicles the four seasons on a Cape Cod beach and includes an interview with esteemed nature writer, Henry Beston's biographer, Daniel G. Payne. (Novelist)

 

 

 Request Kit Here

 

Further Your Discussion:

 

  • Watch & Read: This video from PBS News Hour highlights the issues discussed in Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift. As well, find this article in your folder kit:

 

  • Read & Explore: This website dedicated to the writer-naturalist, Henry Beston, author of The Outermost House, and his wife Elizabeth Cotsworth.

 

  • Listen: Learn more about the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet/naturalist, Gary Snyder and listen to live readings of a selection of poems from his Turtle Island book:

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