Upcoming Events at Summer Star

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ® Presents

The Mark Pokras Lecture Series

William Lynn with Atka – Photo by J. Henry Fair

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary ® Presents Two Lectures:

Parable of the Wolf: Deep Compassion, Deep Rewilding
with William Lynn, PhD

Research Scientist, George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University

Wildlife Trafficking: A Student’s Exposure to an International Threat
with Chelsea M. Van Thof

2019 DVM Candidate, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University


Saturday, APRIL 21, 2017
2:00 PM

Trailhead House, Linden Street Gallery
Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary
690 Linden Street
Boylston, MA 01505


Lecture Descriptions:

Parable of the Wolf: Deep Compassion, Deep Rewilding

The parable of the wolf is rooted in the legend of St. Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Gubbio.

The parable relates how the people of the medieval town of Gubbio, felt terrorized by a wolf and pleaded with St. Francis to intercede on their behalf. After hearing the people’s story, St. Francis paid a visit to the wolf. The wolf told St. Francis that the town had eliminated all its food sources, and he was thereby compelled to prey on humans and their livestock. Instead of smiting the wolf, St. Francis resolved the conflict by convincing the town to make food available to him. Thereafter, the wolf became a favored visitor and protector of the town, and was greatly mourned upon his death.

St. Francis’ negotiation of an agreement of mutual respect between the people of Gubbio and the wolf is a moral vision of coexistence between people, animals, and nature. What the legend of St. Francis and the wolf helps us understand is that living with wildlife is primarily a matter of ethics and spirituality. It is about a felt sense of connection with the broader community of life, a deep respect for animals as individuals, the companion moral obligation to do right by the other creatures, and the will to act on those obligations.

The survival of wolves, wildlife, and wildlands into the 21st century will depend on such an ethic becoming core to our culture, politics, and public policies.

Wildlife Trafficking: A Student’s Exposure to an International Threat

An outline and exploration into the complicated illegal trade trafficking based on the experiences of a traveling veterinary student.

Chelsea goes for a walk with the captive cheetah, Sylvester, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Sylvester was rescued as a kid after his mother and siblings were killed by poachers.

Speaker Biographies:

William S. Lynn, PhD

Bill is a research scientist at George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University, a research fellow at New Knowledge Organization Ltd, and serves as an ethics consultant helping civil society and governments make better policy decisions.

Bill’s lifelong work has focused on the ethics and politics of sustainability with an emphasis on compassionate conservation and rewilding. Trained in ethics, geography, and political theory, Bill has a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to his over 60 publications that address how we make sustainability both scientifically and ethically sound. Some of the ethical issues he has addressed include intergenerational equity, precaution, global sustainability, urban wildlife management, wolf recovery, outdoor cats and biodiversity, barred and northern spotted owls, and the Canadian seal hunt.

As an ethics consultant, Bill explores the moral obligations of sustainability, not only by advising on policy decisions, but by providing expert opinions, research briefs, meeting design/facilitation, ethics messaging and marketing, and keynotes on ethics with respect to organizational leadership, mission, and programming.

Prior to Clark he was a professor at Green Mountain College, Tufts University, and Williams College, where he taught courses in animal studies, environmental studies, ethics, human geography, qualitative research, and public policy.

For more on his work, see www.williamlynn.net.

Chelsea M. Van Thof

Chelsea examines a puppy at Tufts @ Tech, a community veterinary clinic run by students and veterinarians at Worcester Technical High School.

Chelsea Van Thof is entering her clinical year at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has spent her summer vacations traveling internationally to conduct research in various countries in Asia, with projects ranging from investigating Simian retrovirus in Formosan macaques to the prevalence of subclinical mastitis in chevon goats. She is also active within IVSA and is a member of the organization’s Working Group on Policies. Chelsea hopes to work internationally in wildlife conservation and global health as a veterinarian. In her spare time, she is forever attempting to finish her manuscript, build her website, and explore the world.

Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary


Exploring New England Landscapes: Seasonal Pathways Across Time

From the Rockport Art Association & Museum

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Exhibition Description:

Linden Street Gallery’s mission is to instill an appreciation for the reflective and contemplative experiences of nature by engaging its visitors through gallery exhibition. The Gallery nourishes the spirit by celebrating the interdependencies between humans and the natural environment. The exhibition entitled “Exploring New England Landscape: Seasonal Pathways Across Time,” honors the Gallery’s mission by offering visitors the grand feeling of walking along pathways, through the tall trees, past the diverse plant species toward the impressive display of paintings by long past Cape Ann artists to celebrate the connection of people and the natural environment as a remarkable experience. With doors open, collections out and interpretation provided the selected artworks from the Rockport Art Association & Museum’s permanent collection invites visitors to encounter, engage and contemplate New England landscapes of spring, summer, winter and fall. Well-known artists such as Aldro T. Hibbard, William Lester Stevens and Marguerite S. Pearson are a few Cape Ann masters from the early twentieth century represented in this exhibition. They dedicated their lives to the pursuit of painting and exploring natural landscapes and many other themes. More than one hundred years later, some of these masterpieces depicting iconic landscapes are as relevant today as they were back then. The familiarity with nature represented in this collection of artworks can still be experienced when driving through New England mountains in winter, when walking along rivers and streams during the fall, when crossing open fields in the spring and when climbing rolling hills in the summer. This exhibition is about the interconnection of art and nature, and the importance of bringing the outside inside invoking a multitude of individual meanings and experiences during the rotation of seasons.

Artist Descriptions:
Donald Blagge Barton (1903-1990)
, born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, painted colorful Impressionist landscapes and seascapes. In 1931, Barton exhibited for the first and only time at the National Academy of Design, where the piece he showed, entitled “Rockport,” won the Academy’s J. Francis Murphy Award for landscape painting.

Alfred Vance Churchill (1864-1949), born in Oberlin, Ohio, was a distinguished art critic, lecturer, teacher and painter. He influenced the standards of art teaching, especially as vice-president of the College Art Association.

Antonio Cirino (1888-1983), born in Serino, Italy, came to the United States at the age of two. He later studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and when the First World War broke out he served with the State Department deciphering enemy coded messages. Cirino’s first trip to Rockport was in 1921, when he helped fellow artists form the Rockport Art Association.

Bernard Corey (1914-2000), born in Grafton, Massachusetts, was a New England plein air landscape painter. His artwork deals mainly with New England scenes, painted in all seasons on location.  

Thomas R. Curtin (1899-1977), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, studied the effect of sunlight and shadows on the various New England landscapes. He devoted time to painting and living on Cape Ann and in Vermont to capture the beauty of the hills, streams and valleys in fall, winter, spring and summer.

Ken Gore (1911-1990), born in Illinois, moved to Gloucester in the 1950s, and was the President of the Rockport Art Association from 1971-75. He was a teacher and participated in many art workshops in the Cape Ann area.

Jacob Greenleaf (1887-1968), born in Reval, Estonia, became an active painter in Rockport, Massachusetts. His compositions are sincere interpretations of the Cape Ann region.

Charles P. Gruppé (1860-1940), born in Picton, Canada, ventured to Europe where he spent over twenty years living and painting in Holland to master his techniques as an impressive landscape painter. After the First World War, Gruppé relocated his family to the United States, spending several years painting in New York before settling in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1925.

Aldro T. Hibbard (1886-1972), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, started the Rockport Art Association in his studio with fellow artists in 1921, and he was the Association’s President from 1927-40. Author John L. Cooley, friend of Hibbard, describes him as having a “soft spot in his heart for mountains and the effects of light on them. Painting their many moods in winter, spring, and fall when contrasts are sharper than in summer.”

Thaddeus S. Klodnicki (1904-1982), born in Cracov, Poland, studied art, architecture and civil engineering, and then entered the Polish Underground Army in 1940. He was taken prisoner of war in Germany in 1944. After being released, Klodnicki supported himself as an artist and moved to the United States in 1951, and became a member of the Rockport Art Association.

Marguerite S. Pearson (1899-1978), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was a prominent Cape Ann artist, teacher, member of the Guild of Boston Artists and Rockport Art Association. She studied at the Boston Museum School under the instruction of Frederick Bosley.

Marion Parkhurst Sloane (1876-1954), born in Salem, Massachusetts, studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. She became a member of the Guild of Boston Artists, the Copley Society and Rockport Art Association, and she was also an art critic for the Boston Journal.

William Lester Stevens (1888-1969), born in Rockport, Massachusetts, helped form the Rockport Art Association with Aldro T. Hibbard and friends. Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Curator, Judith Curits articulates that, “Stevens knew the only way he could paint the inherent timelessness of the natural world, was to live, breathe and experience nature in the raw.

Paul Strisik (1918-1998), born in Brooklyn, New York, was primarily a landscape painter, equally at ease in both oil and watercolor. He was the past President of the Rockport Art Association from 1967-71.

Harry Aiken Vincent (1864-1931), born in Chicago, Illinois, was a self-taught oil and watercolor painter. He was one of the founders of the Rockport Art Association in 1921, and was voted in as the first acting President from 1921-22.

Stanley W. Woodward (1890-1970), born in Malden, Massachusetts, studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He lived for many years in Rockport, Massachusetts, and the distinctive natural beauty of the New England landscape inspired his passion for painting.

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  1. I represent the Senior Group at Christ Lutheran Church in West Boylston. We have visited your beautiful site in 2015 and would like very much to come and visit again in May, 2017. Can you advise what would be the best time for our group of approximately 14 to come when you have an art exhibit. Not all of our group would be able to walk the trails but last time they sat on the deck and enjoyed the surroundings. I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you in advance. Carol Jorgensen

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