Not “Unseen.” More like “Uncanny.”

On May 26, 2012, we published a post titled “Unseen.” It said Northern Flickers hadn’t been noticed much around here recently. Separately, people who saw a Flicker and weren’t sure what kind of bird it was, went online to search for a picture that could help them identify it. They found our post with its photo, […]

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The missing tree.

From spring through fall, an old dead tree near a highway has many cormorants in it. It’s been their hangout for generations. People drive by and think they’re seeing crows or maybe vultures. But they’re cormorants. On this winter day, you drive past that spot and notice the tree’s no longer there. When things warm up […]

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An irony of geese.

Say it’s back in the middle of the last century. You’re a kid who likes jungle stories and wild places. You hang out in a prairie south of Chicago. It’s got an industrial taint since there are adjacent factories and dumps. But, hell, Illinois is the Prairie State, and you can’t quash its elemental nature. […]

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Unnatural.

Years ago, you’re in an office on the 26th floor of a Chicago skyscraper, doing work profoundly unrelated to nature. You have the feeling of being watched. You look over your shoulder. On the other side of your window there’s a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, clinging to the building, meeting your gaze. The bird had picked your […]

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