Sam Crowe on September 26th, 2009

The field trip I co-led  two Sundays ago (September 13) allows me to introduce two important parts of my life that I have not yet mentioned in these blogs. The most important of which is spouse Cindy Kerchmar, who likes natural history very much but seems to have avoided going on any outings that I have […]

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Sam Crowe on September 23rd, 2009

  I posted my account of our trip to the confluence early Sunday morning. Less than an hour later I read Dale Bowman’s story recounting our experiences in his Chicago Sun-Times column ( Meanwhile, Bill Anderson had already posted his own version on his blog at It is interesting to read the differing perspectives on […]

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Sam Crowe on September 20th, 2009

One of the seminal moments in the history of Chicago was the summer day in 1673 when  a small party of voyageurs led by Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette reached the headwaters of the Illinois River. They had ascended the river from its entry into the Mississippi and were now at the point where […]

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Sam Crowe on September 11th, 2009

The first to arrive at Miller’s Lake Street Beach on Saturday (September 5) were the three Illinoisans: Jennifer Schmidt (a developmental biologist/geneticist from University of Illinois (Chicago) and a veteran of the spring count), Amar Ayyash (mathematician who teaches both high school and junior college), and your blogger. The Hoosiers showed up soon thereafter and […]

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Sam Crowe on September 11th, 2009


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Sam Crowe on September 6th, 2009

  Unfortunately I was not with the group on July 10 when they stopped at Michigan City. Apparently, they did not see much until Jeff McCoy walked out on the base of the lighthouse and saw a large mass of birds on the beach to the east. That mass took flight and proved to consist […]

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Sam Crowe on September 3rd, 2009

Verbosity, I have been told, is not a good quality for bloggers, whose work should be pithy and to the point. Trying to adjust to this new medium, I leave stuff out of my accounts that might be of interest. For example, the post entitled “Miller Time with the Hoosier Gang”, focused on the first […]

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Sam Crowe on September 3rd, 2009

    The combination of great birds the week before and the prediction of strong northwest winds resulted in a big turn out of birders for the Miller lake watch of August 29. Close to twenty people showed up, at least two from as far away as Terre Haute. John Cassady, one of the regulars […]

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