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| Whether he is portraying John James Audubon or spinning tales and songs from many different cultures, the performances of Brian “Fox” Ellis are a crowd pleaser around the globe.|
Brian "Fox" Ellis is an internationally renowned storyteller and naturalist who has been a featured speaker at regional and international conferences on environmental concerns, including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al. He is the author of more than 30 books including a series of biographies of famous scientists he portrays and a series of folklore collections. His first book is the critically acclaimed Learning From the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities. His first children’s picture book, THE WEB at Dragonfly Pond was selected as Conservation Education Book of the Year.
Fox is scheduled to perform six times during the three-day Hummingbird Festival at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, and he will be performing four different programs during the festival.
The Hummingbird Happy Hour performance will be Adventures with John James Audubon. In this performance, Storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis portrays Audubon in a dynamic performance that engages listeners in scientific inquiry and natural history, art appreciation and ornithology. Come spend an hour in the studio of one of America’s greatest naturalists and wildlife artist. Listen to tales of his adventures in the wilds of Mississippi in 1820!
Friday the storyteller will present three different performances. The 10 a.m. performance will be Hummingbird Tales followed by Bird Tales at 11:30 a.m. and a repeat of the Adventures with John James Audubon at 1 p.m.
HUMMINGBIRD TALES – Hummingbirds are a unique species found only in the New World. Native American cultures from the Peruvian Andes, across New Mexico’s deserts to the Appalachian Mountains all tell tales of these winged jewels. Listen as storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis tells the stories of how hummingbird earned its colors, why they sip nectar, and how hummingbird added stars to the heavens.
BIRD TALES: Stories and Songs from Many Cultures - Weaving his lifelong love for birds with traditional folktales from many cultures, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis takes listeners on the migratory flyways of our winged friends. Taking strands from the latest ornithological research, melodious ribbons from song birds and birds of prey, waterfowl and cranes, along with patchwork squares from Native American, African, European and Asian folklore, Fox creates a tapestry of tales informative and inspiring, all drawn from his new book Bird Tales (Fox Tales 2020).
Saturday festival performances will be at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The first performance will be Birds Along the Path followed by a final performance of Adventures with John James Audubon at 1 p.m.
BIRDS ALONG THE TRAIL – The Ornithology of Meriwether Lewis
The Corps of Discovery was first and foremost a scientific expedition sent out by Thomas Jefferson to “observe the animals of the country,” and the men collected more than 100 species of bird, more than 50 were new to science. With quotes from the journals and his own ornithological field notes, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis performs as Lewis to bring to life an important chapter of natural history through exciting stories and hands-on science based on his new book, Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery.
All performances are free with admission to the festival. For the early birds, Fox will be offering a free birding walk, Birding with Audubon, at 7:30 Friday and Saturday morning. Join John James Audubon on a unique bird watching adventure as he regales listeners with his in-depth observations of the species we happen to see on a walk around the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.
To purchase tickets for the festival or to reserve your early morning birding spot, click HERE.