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This is the grave of Alexander Wilson. The Father of American Ornithology, Wilson was born in 1766 in Scotland. He was not wealthy and was apprenticed as a weaver at the age of 7. But inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns, Wilson began writing poetry of his own, some of it very political and […]

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

Condors

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On May 10, 2015

This is a good piece on the problems facing the Andean condor, the world’s second largest bird. Basically, even though condors, like other vultures, do the ecosystem a tremendous amount of servi

Here is more evidence that illegal marijuana plantations on national forest land leads to significant problems to wildlife: In the West Coast marijuana-growing region known as the Emerald Triangle, scientists want to know whether the rat poison spread around illegal pot plantations is killing northern spotted owls, a threatened species. But because it is so […]

Penguins

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On June 11, 2012
Since right-wingers stupidly decided to make the penguin their official animal of morality in the culture war, it’s of great enjoyment to learn more about the actual sexual behavior of penguins. Seriously, this recently found 1915 report is awesome: At the time, Levick was so shocked by what he saw he recorded the events in […]

Bird Men of Bosnia

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On August 23, 2008

If anyone doubted the necessity of a War on (Some Species of Pigeons Who Smuggle Some Kinds of) Drugs, this should settle the hash, so to speak: Bosnian police have impounded a pigeon after discoverin

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