Ada Clapham Govan
Author, ornithologist, conservationist, Boston Globe columnist.
Her writing explored the mental and emotional health benefits
of connecting to nature and wild birdlife. Gifted her backyard
acreage to the town of Lexington for a bird sanctuary to protect
various Massachusetts species. Voted one of the ten most
outstanding women of the 20th century in the Boston area.
June 16, 1885- Hartford, CT
April 11, 1964- Boca Raton, FL
Buried in Monroe Cemetery, Lexington, MA
David Govan, 1903
4- two survived to adulthood- Malcolm, Betty, Jeanne and David
Hartford, Lexington, MA, Florida
Connection to Lexington:
Lived here, worked here, wrote here, raised her family here
Wings at my window
Did not graduate from high school
Writer- weekly column in the Boston Globe, wrote bird notes and poems under the pen name, Of Thee I Sing
“birds had not only taken possession of our back yard; they had taken possession of my heart as well.”
Link to page in Notable American Women:
Inclusion in the Lexington
Historical Society Exhibit?