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Coastal Mountains Land Trust Series: Landscapes and Wildlife of Maine’s Midcoast and Utah’s Wasatch Range

Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

In his years of near-daily hikes to the summit of Beech Hill Preserve with his good dog Captain Jack, avid birder and amateur nature photographer Brian Willson ended up with thousands of photos of wild Maine birds. A couple of years ago, on something of a lark, Willson moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where his routine hikes with Jack have become quite a bit steeper. By now he’s got a pretty good photo portfolio of western species. Join us for Willson’s virtual slide show (followed by Q & A) comparing and contrasting the landscapes and wildlife of Maine’s Midcoast and Utah’s Wasatch Range.

Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to request a Zoom link to attend.

Always a lover of Nature, Brian Willson didn’t become an avid birder until he moved from Texas to Maine in 1980. The music of the Maine woodlands that first spring—dawn warblers, daytime thrushes, the evening flight song of the woodcock—were like none he’d ever heard. While working as a reporter for The Courier-Gazette, where he wrote a weekly nature column, Willson served on the founding board of Coastal Mountains Land Trust (then Camden-Rockport Land Trust) and, thereafter, volunteered as a trail steward at Beech Hill Preserve, whose trails he hiked daily with his best friend, Captain Jack. This routine resulted in many lists of wild bird species, innumerable photos of those birds, and a daily portrait of one particular trailside birch tree.

In the summer of 2019, man and dog moved to Salt Lake City, just to shake things up a bit. Since then, their daily hikes have gotten steeper, and a whole new slate of wild bird (and mammal) species have had their pictures taken. While Willson and Jack agree that Utah’s high desert has a special allure, chances are they might end up back in coastal Maine someday.

Brian Willson and Captain Jack
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States