On May 20 John Nelson and teen birder Johnny Owens led a Brookline Bird Club walk at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary co-sponsored by Outside Mind, a nonprofit founded to provide outdoor access and opportunity for BIPOC communities on the North Shore.

This was a new kind of experience for many of the 17 participants, including four children, and the group had fun finding birds, turtles, and frogs and feeding the birds out of their hands. John asked one little girl if she liked walking in the woods, and she answered, “I love it!” Thanks to Outside Mind’s dynamic founder Jireh Ishaazi, photographer Thomas Townsend, and Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary.