|Bird Tour Guide Training & Resource Center Open House|
Thursday Mar. 5th, @ 9:00am
|Birds & Coffee|
Wednesday Mar. 11th, @ 9:00am
|How to be a Good Purple Martin Landlord: A Workshop|
Saturday Mar. 14th, @ 9:00am
|Spring Field Ornithology Course- Lecture 1|
Tuesday Mar. 17th, @ 6:00pm
|Spring Field Ornithology Course- Field Trip|
Saturday Mar. 21st, @ 8:00am
|Myths and Legends of the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary Birds|
|Written by Ashely Adams|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 18:26|
Here at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, we get visitors from all over the world. It’s amazing to listen to everyone’s stories and hear what the birds mean to that person. Birds are not only important parts of our ecosystems, but our cultures as well. So, let’s take a minute to explore some of the stories and myths that involve our Sanctuary birds!
A roc carrying away an elephant (Source: Wikimedia Commons-Edward Julius Detmold)
And what about our nocturnal birds of prey? Well, owls come with a mixed reputation. In Mesoamerica, many of the indigenous people considered the owls as symbols of death, sorcery, and other less than pleasant aspects. Owls are also an ill omen in Arab mythology. However, not is all doom and gloom for our owl friends. Owls can be associated with wisdom, thanks in part to their relationship with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.
The Aztec war god, Huitzilopochtli, was heavily associated with hummingbirds. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
While this gives you only the briefest glimpses into the legends and other stories surrounding birds, I you have learned a little about the significance birds have to everyone around the world. If nothing else, hopefully you will be able to view the Sanctuary birds with a new perspective the next time you visit!