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Birds of the Bard

Article Published: Apr. 24 | Modified: Apr. 27
Birds of the Bard

When literary buffs think of William Shakespeare, they often think of romanticism and brilliantly crafted rhyme and verse that roll off the tongue with a smooth finish, marked with wit and humor.
They rarely think of birds, but they should.

Buried within his volumes of plays, sonnets and writings are more than 600 separate mentions of swans, larks, hawks and anything else feathered that can fly.

Altogether, Shakespeare touched on more than 80 different species of the animal that serves as imagery and symbolism in his works.

In conjunction with his 450th birthday, which was April 23, Daniel Boone Native Gardens and the local chapter of the Audubon Society are presenting “Birds of the Bard” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at the gardens.

The event is planned to coordinate with the gardens’ annual spring plant sale.

“We are emphasizing plants that are good for birds,” Audubon member Bettie Bond said.
There will also be bird walks to point out the different species of birds in Watauga County.

The event will also recognize the efforts of New York Zoological Society member Eugene Schieffelin, who introduced various birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s work into Manhattan’s Central Park in 1890.

“Birds of the Bard” is part of the High Country Shakespeare Celebration. For more information, visit

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