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A cabinet of feathers

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working my way through a HarvardX course titled “Tangible Things.” The course focuses on material culture–“stuff,” in a word–and it’s given me ample opportunity to reflect on the histories inherent in even the most mundane objects of everyday life. My most recent assignment involved putting together a “museum… Continue reading A cabinet of feathers

The secret garden

During quarantine, I suddenly found myself with extra time on my hands. I studied my schoolwork, Zoomed into classes, and memorized Radiohead’s entire discography. But when my eyes grew tired from screens and the hollow strains of “Idioteque” faded from my headphones for the hundredth time, I started to crave something a little more real.… Continue reading The secret garden

A little poem

I recently found a poem that I wrote three years ago in eighth grade. Keeping in character, I chose to write about birds in an endeavor (that is ongoing to this day) to inject birds into as many of my school assignments as possible. This assignment in particular asked for a “reverso” poem, one that… Continue reading A little poem

Bald Eagles in Ottawa!

Do you love Bald Eagles? (The only acceptable answer is “yes.”) As the iconic emblem of the United States and an undeniably impressive raptor, I always find it a treat to spot these guys. I spent the first few days of September 2019 in Ottawa, IL, one of the first places I started truly birding.… Continue reading Bald Eagles in Ottawa!

Confusing Corvids

You may already know this depending on your level of bird-nerdiness, but in some parts of the United States there are actually two different types of crows! Besides the standard American Crow, its cousin the Fish Crow can often be found around bodies of water, especially the coast. The folks living in the Pacific Northwest… Continue reading Confusing Corvids

Unusual Blue Jay feathers: part one

Earlier this week, I came across a very interesting Blue Jay specimen while doing a presentation at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. These presentations usually entail me choosing several of the awesome specimens in the education collection (i.e. toucan bills, pheasant tails, and owl wings) and then pointing out their unique traits and adaptations.… Continue reading Unusual Blue Jay feathers: part one

An unusual find in Texas…

…and why feather evidence isn’t always reliable. In July of 2018, I had the opportunity to go birding in Big Bend National Park, an ecological gem situated in the big bend (how fitting!) of southwestern Texas. The trip involved a road-trip tour from Atlanta with my very patient father, seeking birds and their feathers all… Continue reading An unusual find in Texas…