North Country ‘Birdstones’: Mysterious Ancient Relics

North Country ‘Birdstones’: Mysterious Ancient Relics

Written by Lawrence P. Gooley /  Early Northern New York history goes far beyond the bounds of stories of pioneer families and colorful guides. As archaeologists like to say, the Western Hemisphere was invaded, not discovered. Many different societies, civilizations,...
These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne

These Birds Make Their Own Citrus-Scented Cologne

By Benji Jones /  The sexiest male crested auklets have large head feathers and a strong tangerine smell, a new study finds. On Alaska‘s rugged Shumagin Islands, no fruit tree dares take root, yet the smell of fresh lemons and tangerines hangs heavy in the air....
The Great Feather Heist

The Great Feather Heist

By Franz Lidz / April 2018 /The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century / Smithsonian/ The curious case of a young American’s brazen raid on a British museum’s priceless collection. Of all the eccentrics cataloged by “Monty...
Audubon’s Species: Bird Art, in All Its Glory

Audubon’s Species: Bird Art, in All Its Glory

Written by CORNELIA DEAN   Watercolor by Sarah Stone / from Beautiful Birds  In 1812, John James Audubon filled a wooden box with about 200 of his paintings of American birds and left it with a relative for safekeeping while he went off on one of his many trips. When...