‘Sharks, skunks, lovelorn birds, and butt-breathing frogs’: Talking nature with Suzan Bellincampi

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On Thursday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 pm, the West Tisbury library will present a talk with Suzan Bellincampi in honor of her newly released book, “The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard.” According to a press release, Bellincampi’s book is a gathering of her best nature columns over the past 16-plus years, and includes stunning full-color photographs by talented Island photographer Tim Johnson. Amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, mammals, plants, sea life, and more are covered, and the book shares not only science, but history, art, and local lore. Island book publisher and consultant Jan Pogue calls this book “a smashing retrospective of Suzan’s Vineyard Gazette columns over the last almost two decades. Just wait until you read it.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Suzan Bellincampi has spent 20 years on Martha’s Vineyard sharing nature through teaching, writing, and speaking. She is director of Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, and writes the weekly “All Outdoors” column for the Vineyard Gazette. Her first book, “Martha’s Vineyard: A Field Guide to Island Nature,” was named one of the Best Books of New England by the Boston Globe in 2014. Her latest book, “The Nature of Martha’s Vineyard,” is a retrospective of her best essays.