| Sep 10, 2014
| 12:27 PM
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,...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:22 PM
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...
| Sep 12, 2014
| 6:41 AM
"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...
| Jul 10, 2013
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...
| Aug 30, 2013
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...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 7:52 AM
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...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 3:55 PM
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...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
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...
| Jan 24, 2014
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...
| Dec 10, 2013
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...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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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.