ROSE NIGRO is a longtime resident of Flanders, New York. She moved there in 1997 and purchased a summer residence built by one of the early homeowners of Flanders. She spent two years restoring the cottage and its barn. Rose now lives in the cottage and happily enjoys the views of Reeves Bay. A plein air painter, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. The wetlands surrounding her home are an endless source of inspiration. Rose is a founding member of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association (FRNCA) and is a past beautification chairperson. She is also a founding member of the Flanders Village Historical Society. Inspired by the story of The Big Duck and the movement to bring her back to her nest, Rose wrote A Duck's Tail. She was further inspired by a speech made by Patrick "Skip" Heaney, then town supervisor of Southampton, at the welcome-home ceremony for The Big Duck. Rose has one son and three grandchildren, to whom this book is dedicated.