The Bald Eagle with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

Fifty and Better Mid-Summer Lectures

The Bald Eagle with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

Join Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (aka the "Bird Museum") Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod for "The Bald Eagle: Finding Inspiration in an Execrable Tyrant of Bad Moral Character," a look at the bald eagle through art and literature from the early American colonial period to today. Drawing both from environmental humanities and from current knowledge of the ecology and life history of bald eagles, we’ll explore how the bird has been represented and misrepresented through historical and contemporary natural history literature, poetry, personal essays and 290 years of avian illustration.

Grindrod has a master’s of science in environmental humanities from the University of Utah, and has been teaching about nature and science since 1994, with an emphasis on public education about birds of prey. He also has participated in hawk migration counts, roadside censuses and nest surveys, and worked on studies of Neotropical riparian songbirds and prairie bird species. As a certified interpretive guide and naturalist he has extensive experience in natural history interpretation in a variety of settings, including state and national parks and wildlife refuges, nature centers, museums and migration research sites.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field and to host social engagement activities to individuals age 50 and older in our community.


Register by 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 29

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