Birds & Beyond (2024)

Barry Van Dusen is a Massachusetts-based artist and the author of Finding Sanctuary, in which he describes and illustrates 61 of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums. He is known for working directly from life, even when sketching difficult subjects like wild birds.

At Thoreau Farm, the exhibition features birds mentioned in Thoreau’s Journals and featured in the new book A Year of Birds (Mercer University Press, 2024).

Thoreau Farm Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 10am to 4pm; Mondays, 10am to 2pm; and by appointment. 

At the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center, the exhibition features a wide variety of nature subjects from Concord. 

More information on the Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center is available at their website:



A Day of Birds at Thoreau Farm
Saturday, May 11

Join us for the whole day and get a discount! 
$30/person. Registration required. 
Register for all THREE Day of Birds programs 

3pm: Artist Talk at Thoreau Farm.
Free to the public. Pre-registration suggested.
Register for the Artist Talk

4-6pm: Birding Saunter with Peter Alden. (More info here.)
$25/person. Registration required. 
Register for the Birding Saunter

6pm: Thoreau and the Birds of Concord: A Book Launch with editor Geoff Wisner. (More info here.)
$15/person to attend in-person at Thoreau Farm. Registration required.
Register for the IN PERSON Book Launch at Thoreau Farm

We are delighted to also offer online viewing of the book launch program with Geoff Wisner. $10/person to attend online. Registration required. 
Register on ZOOM to join us virtually for the Book Launch 

**We do not exclude anyone for inability to pay. Please be in touch ( if you would like assistance covering the in-person fees. 

Learn more about the book from Mercer University Press here.

A work of art as well as a work of literature, A YEAR OF BIRDS will be welcomed by nature lovers, art lovers, and birders. With 150 watercolors and field sketches by renowned bird artist Barry Van Dusen and a foreword by celebrated naturalist Peter Alden, the author of numerous Audubon Field Guides, Henry David Thoreau’s writings on birds are showcased in a way never seen before.