For hundreds of thousands of years, earth-bound homo-sapiens have stared at the bird, and made it the symbol of freedom and of the spirit. From Aeschylus and Ovid and the Aztecs, to Melville and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, birds have been made omen and allegory, companion and prey — keys, somehow, to the human soul.
Hear a conversation with novelist and birder Graeme Gibson on the long and intimate relationship, in life and literature, between humans and birds.
Graeme Gibson, chairman of the Pelee Island Bird Observatory, novelist, and author of the new book "The Bedside Book of Birds: An Avian Miscellany."
This program aired on November 23, 2005.