Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America

With author and birder Michael Edmonds

The human fascination with winged creatures has been around for centuries. Michael edmonds shares how and why people have worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, and protected the birds that surrounded them.  Drawn from archaeological reports, missionaries' journals, travelers' letters, early scientific treatises, the memoirs of American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved people throughout the Midwest, Edmonds reveals how our ancestors thought about the very same birds we see today. 

Supported in part by funding from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Madison Community Foundation. 



Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:30pm