The Feather Thief

Nov 14, 2018


This program is part of an annual series presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

American flautist Edwin Rist had an unusual obsession: the Victorian art of fly-tying. Bizarrely, Rist broke into the Tring Museum north of London in 2009, home to rare bird specimens with feathers worth staggering amounts of money among flytiers. Once inside, the champion salmon flytier grabbed hundreds of bird skins and escaped. After hearing about this unusual event, author Kirk Wallace Johnson was catapulted into an obsession of his own that took him around the world. Hear Johnson share his relentless pursuit to find the missing birds, which he documents in his book The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century. This program is presented in partnership with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies with promotional support from Audubon Society of Greater Denver and Audubon Rockies.