Where Have All The Pigeons Gone?
February 21, 2013

New York City would be an entirely different place without our pigeons (AKA Rock Doves, Carrier Pigeons). But for hundreds of years, a different pigeon dominated America’s landscape. The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird on the North American continent, with estimates putting their population at three to five billion at their height….

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For Red-Tailed Hawks, Skyscrapers Are Just Cliffs
December 4, 2012

As we’ve mentioned before, John James Audubon often depicted the dark side of nature through birds of prey. His watercolor of two Red-Tailed Hawks shows two of the birds fighting over a fresh kill, a common sight in bird territory. However, many people assume that a bird’s habitat is a secluded forest or cliffside. Not…

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Pale Male, Audubon and the Life of the Red-Tailed Hawk
March 8, 2012

UPDATE BELOW: If Central Park had a mascot, it would be Pale Male, the majestic Red-tailed Hawk who has made the park his home since the early 1990s. Birders have chronicled his life and loves, from First Love to Lola to his latest mate, Lima. But nature has its dark side; last week Lima was…

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Edith Wharton and the Beauties of the Gilded Age
January 20, 2012

Today, the New York Times wishes a happy upcoming 150th birthday to Edith Wharton, the author of such works as the Age of Innocence and The Buccaneers, which ripped into the culture and practices of the American nouveau-riche. Wharton herself was born into the New York upper crust, but said many of these families “had…

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