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  • 'Billions' brings pigeons' extinction tale to screen

     'Billions' brings pigeons' extinction tale to screen
    The star of a new, compelling and cautionary documentary titled "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction" (10 p.m. Thursday on WTTW-Ch 11) is a dead pigeon named Martha. She died on September 1, 1914, in a zoo in Cincinnati,...
  • James Alter, Chicago businessman and civic leader, 1922-2014

     James Alter, Chicago businessman and civic leader, 1922-2014
    In war, as a combat aviator during World War II, and in peace, as a businessman, civic leader and powerful player in local politics, James Alter was always fighting the good fight. Mr. Alter, 92, died of congestive heart failure Thursday, Aug. 14, in...
  • Jenny Kendler puts ethics, empathy in art

    Jenny Kendler puts ethics, empathy in art
    "Human exceptionalism has got to go," artist Jenny Kendler tells me. "Yes, we have great skills, but so does every other species on the planet." Witness the mantis shrimp, one of the artist's current favorite animals, with claws that can shatter...
  • Fen ecosystem in Elgin a treat and a treasure

    Fen ecosystem in Elgin a treat and a treasure
    Bluff Spring Fen was on my list for years. Time and again, when I asked fellow nature lovers to suggest a truly special experience in the Chicago area's wilderness, they sang the praises of Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve. A rare ecosystem, a...
  • From Nazis to Lincoln, from World's Fair to bees

    From Nazis to Lincoln,  from World's Fair to bees
    Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
  • Learn to speak outdoorsian at the Notebaert

     Learn to speak outdoorsian at the Notebaert
    Here's my favorite "nature deficit disorder" story: Years ago, my non-outdoorsy boyfriend and I planned a little camping trip, reserving a campsite online at a Wisconsin state park. We got a late start and pulled into the ranger station just as evening...
  • Endangered Blanding's turtles get new Brookfield Zoo home

    Endangered Blanding's turtles get new Brookfield Zoo home
    Nine female Blanding’s turtles were placed near the shoreline of a pond in a private section of Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday morning. Some required a little help to find their new watery home while others immediately began to shuffle their way into...
  • From billions to zero: Story of pigeon extinction

    From billions to zero: Story of pigeon extinction
    Three pigeons were sharing what was left of a piece of pizza that was lying on the sidewalk on East 53rd Street near Woodlawn Avenue on Tuesday morning, between the hours we human beings usually eat breakfast and lunch. No one walking past or around the...
  • Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg

    Review: 'A Feathered River Across the Sky' by Joel Greenberg
    On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her passing marked the end of a species that once was so ubiquitous that enormous flocks, one estimated at more than 3 billion birds, were said to have...
  • 21 reasons to leave the house

    21 reasons to leave the house
    It's 2 degrees outside, and just the thought of wrestling into 17 layers of wool -- plus parka -- saps your will to live. But you've seen every episode of "Boardwalk Empire"(twice), your rations of last week's chili are depleted and restless leg...
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       - Return to other listings Jane Dailey Jane Dailey is a professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the Law School. She has published extensively on the history and law of race in the United States since the Civil War. Bill...