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...
From the Mouths of Babes and Birds

From the Mouths of Babes and Birds

By TIM REQUARTH and MEEHAN CRIST Babies learn to speak months after they begin to understand language. As they are learning to talk, they babble, repeating the same syllable (“da-da-da”) or combining syllables into a string (“da-do-da-do”). Do humans learn to speak...
Nests: the art of birds

Nests: the art of birds

Author: Janine Burke Research Fellow, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University Can the nests of some birds be regarded as works of art, as aesthetic creations worthy of our admiration? Charles Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man that...