306 Dickop Street
Portraying Audubon the artist, Brian “Fox” Ellis will enchant children and families with stories of his travels in the wildest places on the planet. Listen to tales of his adventures as he accomplishes something no one had ever done before: drawing every bird in North America. Fox is a storyteller and educator who brings the personality and artwork of Audubon to life.
- This is a free program for all ages held at Nature At The Confluence
- This program will be held outdoors if weather permits. Please bring lawn chairs.
- Families are invited to stay after the program for activities
- A guided tour of our new Rock River Birding Trail will be offered after the program.
- Presented in partnership with Nature At The Confluence, Sinnissippi Audubon and Green-Rock Audubon Society
Audubon settled on an ambitious plan to chronicle all 435 bird species in America. According to the National Audubon Society, which bears his name, Audubon ventured mostly on foot into the wilderness to document his subjects’ feeding preferences, calls and songs, courtship rituals, and other unique characteristics. His paintings showed the birds’ typical behavior in their natural habitats. Several of the species that he painted — including the passenger pigeon, the Carolina parakeet and the ivory-billed woodpecker — now are extinct.
Brian “Fox” Ellis is an internationally acclaimed author, storyteller, historian, and naturalist. He has worked with The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The Field Museum and dozens of other museums across the country. Fox is a highly sought keynote speaker at regional and international conferences including the International Wetlands Conservation Conference, National Science Teachers Association Conference and the North American Prairie Conservation Conference, et al. Fox is also the Artistic Director for Prairie Folklore Theatre a unique theatre company that celebrates ecology and history through original musical theatre productions. He is the author of 16 books including the critically acclaimed Learning from the Land: Teaching Ecology Through Stories and Activities, (Libraries Unlimited, 2011), the award-winning children’s picture book The Web at Dragonfly Pond, (DAWN Publications, 2006) and Content Area Reading, Writing and Storytelling (Teacher Ideas Press 2010). Many of his stories are also available on one of 12 CDs. He and his wife run a Bed and Breakfast, The Twinflower Inn, in Bishop Hill, Illinois.