| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:58 AM
The dolphin calf officially known as S13 is sometimes called Thor or Maximus by Brookfield Zoo staffers who've been taking care of him round-the-clock since his birth.
On Tuesday, the young aquatic mammal with the several names zipped around the...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"We know that even fish have emotions," says Marc Bekoff, author of "Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation" (New World Library, New York, NY, 2013; $15.95). "We chose the (book's) title...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
To this day, if you Google "dog screamer," up pops a column I wrote back in 2006 headlined, "He Ought To Call Himself the Dog Screamer." The column went viral and I received hundreds of hate-laced emails because I dared express concerns about dog-training...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Museums are meant to be almost timeless, places that offer a long-view look at the world around us and a focus on what is important rather than merely fashionable. So to excerpt one year from the lives of Chicago's museums and talk only about what...
| Nov 2, 2013
Although the government shutdown has ended, the Visitor Center at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was still closed on my recent visit to this quiet gem, one of almost a dozen national parks and monuments in Florida.
A park volunteer at the...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Pardon me for staring, young Disney World cast member. I was just admiring your name tag.
I've been borderline obsessed with the white oval designators with blue engraved lettering since childhood. I used to imagine my name on one in a now-retired...
| Jul 29, 2013
| 8:32 PM
Saving open space for future generations has all kinds of beginnings, back stories and results.
Sometimes those stories are successful, sometimes they're mind-numbingly complicated, and sometimes they simply bring tears to the eyes.
All three are the...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 12:12 PM
To look at Laguna now, you wouldn't know what the year-old California sea lion has been through.
In the backstage Sea Lion Support Area of the Shedd Aquarium, the male pup darts through the water. With human visitors standing by, talking about him, he...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Many folks have tried speed dating, but who would be up for a turn at speed parking?
If you want to hit all 47 rides at Walt Disney World in a single day, you better have comfortable shoes and a plan. That's the advice I gleaned from Shane Lindsay and...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 8:03 AM
Disney World is taking a natural approach to its latest in-park scavenger-hunt experience.
The Wilderness Explorers program, which debuted last month, sends guests on missions to earn badges at 31 stations spread across Disney's Animal Kingdom. Most...
| Jul 31, 2009
A day in a theme park isn't usually a bargain. Frugal visitors may find admission deals or resist souvenir stands, but we've gotta eat, right? When a soft drink price is twice what you'd pay at a 7-Eleven, you've got to swallow hard.
Ah, but there are...