Sam Crowe on February 28th, 2010

We have hit March, yet little suggests that we are not still in deep winter. One’s mind can escape by either heading farther north or slinking south. This is in the way of passenger pigeons- you ignore the date and aim for the forage. So this week’s blog will tell of a trip I made […]

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Sam Crowe on February 21st, 2010

This starts out somewhat convoluted. Last fall during a field trip, my camera was left in the car of a couple who live on the north side of Chicago. They further indicated that there was no place they could leave the camera at their residence so that I could pick it up during the day. […]

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The world of folklore is fascinating and provides an interesting lens through which to observe the events around us. Spouse Cindy Kerchmar, who has a graduate degree in the field and was a practitioner for a while, introduced me to the discipline and I now keep my eyes open for examples. I find it pretty […]

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Sam Crowe on February 12th, 2010

Before (on left) and after (on right) photos showing the effects wrought by the earth quake. On February 10 at 4am, an earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale rocked (ok nudged) the Chicago region. It was horrifying: I was laying awake in my chair thinking about passenger pigeons when I felt the house shake […]

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Sam Crowe on February 6th, 2010

Last week, Josh Engel gave a dynamite talk on the natural history of Madagascar to the Evanston North Shore Bird Club. (As program chairman, I was amazed that 70 people turned out. I usually have to bribe people with food to get that kind of crowd.) As I heard Josh talk, I could not help […]

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