America is overrun with European starlings and it’s all Shakespeare’s fault. The bard himself had nothing to do with it–there was an organization called the American Acclimatization Society that wanted to introduce every bird in Shakespeare’s works into the United States. Thus, for the love of Bill, in the late 1890s they introduced a lot of non-native species into the U.S. and the starlings decided to stay.
I mention this because it’s a cool Shakespearean factoid, but also as a way to note that I’ve just added one of Shakespeare’s modern birds to my own blog. Much has been said about Shakespeare online, and much has been tweeted. I’ve just joined Twitter under the handle of @CathyTenzo. If Twitter is a thing you do, you can follow me there. I’ll have links to all my blog posts (including my other blogs) and short items of note on Shakespeare and other geekery. As long as I was being promotional I’ve also made myself a public Facebook page where I shall share other items that may be of interest. Take this for what you will, and thanks as always for reading.