Red Kite, Photo by Steve Nesbitt

Please note: The LAAS monthly program presentations for March - June 2015 will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month. There are no presentations in the summer months of July and August.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Martin Hyatt presents: "Shakespeare’s Birds”

Birds have magical qualities. They fly, they sing, and they anticipate the seasons. They have inspired artists and writers in every age and society. Shakespeare filled his works with bird imagery, drawing upon renaissance, medieval, Roman, Greek, and biblical sources in addition to his own experiences. For his time, he was quite the birder, mentioning over 60 species in his plays and poems. Shakespeare was also famously compared to birds. At the beginning of his career, he was labelled an "upstart crow," and after his death, he was eulogized as the "swan of Avon." Dr. Hyatt will share some of Shakespeare's most intriguing allusions to birds. In some cases, Shakespeare used biologically accurate information. Other times he referred to longstanding myths or drew from ancient fables. Understanding these literary traditions leads to some surprising discoveries about Shakespeare and his works. Dr. Martin Hyatt is a biologist with degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has tracked radio-tagged homing pigeons from a small plane, chased down gorged albatrosses from an inflatable boat, found roadrunners in the mountains, and observed penguins in the desert. Now, he pursues Shakespeare's birds.

Los Angeles Audubon's monthly evening program presentations are held at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are over at 9:30 p.m. Come early enjoy the nature, share your birding interests with like minded birders. Stay and enjoy the slideshow presentations. All are welcome!

Audubon Center at Debs Park
4700 North Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: 323-221-2255

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