September 7, 2008 |
Best known of the English kings, Henry VIII has usually been portrayed as a gargantuan party boy seducing court ladies, quarreling with the church, arresting friends and beheading wives. But he brought more to the throne than that. Bright, cultured and handsome, Henry succeeded peacefully to the crown as he turned 18, securing the Tudor dynasty and making possible England's golden age. Next year marks the 500th anniversary of that accession, and a variety of special events will be held in and around London to explore his life and reign.
August 31, 2008 |
It's an apt name for a predator brought in to scare away pests: Chase. Diving and soaring over a southeast Washington blueberry patch, the aplomado falcon chases pesky starlings and sparrows to prevent them from feasting on the ripe fruit. Farmer Jim Lott smiles as he watches the bird work. Lott is one of 17 farmers nationwide who have signed up for a program, approved late last year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that allows the use of predator birds to control pest birds that damage or forage on crops.
November 6, 2005 |
On Saturday mornings in autumn, the English gentleman's pleasure has long been to put on a bright red coat and ride out across the countryside on horseback, with a pack of friends in identical clothes at his side and a pack of hounds baying cheerfully ahead, chasing a friendless fox. This weekend, thousands of men and women in red did it again, joining 200 hunts around the countryside to mark the first Saturday of a new season. But this time there was a difference.
July 9, 2010 |
I came to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness Monster and found a ghost instead. Of course, I also sampled a lot of Scotch, which might lead some to think my vision was impaired. To those naysayers, I say, "Chill." My camera recorded the event. At least I think it did. But let me start at the beginning. Scotland has always appealed to me. Its wild places — its mountains, moors, lochs and islands — speak to my Scotch-Irish heritage. I'd love to take a month off and hike the high mountains and walk the deep green glens of the Highlands, then cap that off with a month of island hopping, sailing to as many of the Scotland's windswept isles — there are more than 700 — as possible.
December 22, 1990 |
Early this year a Montana forest ranger found an ailing bald eagle by the side of a road and took it to Jeff McPartlin, who was known for rehabilitating raptors--birds of prey. The eagle had ingested some poison, but McPartlin nursed it and two weeks later released it at the headquarters of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks along the Missouri River near Great Falls. Margaret Adams, an Audubon Society official, said she once took an injured great horned owl to McPartlin.
September 1, 1988 |
Our ancient families did not consciously choose family names. Hereditary surnames came into being primarily because the eternal tax collectors needed a way to identify people. Almost all of our English surnames were in existence before the beginning of the 15th Century, and most of our names were placidly accepted by our ancestors. They simply went by the name they were known by in their village.
May 2, 1985 |
After six years of trying to reintroduce a species of hawk that disappeared decades ago from its native grounds in the Lower Colorado River Valley, state and federal officials have succeeded with a pair of birds that met and mated in the wild. Two eggs hatched in a nest built by Harris' hawks in a tall paloverde tree a few miles north of Yuma, Ariz. It is the first time in 30 years that the slim, black and white and chestnut-colored hawks have bred in the area.
February 23, 1986 |
According to fable, it was a sly mouse that suggested that someone hang a bell on the cat's neck to give notice to all mice of its approach. "Excellent," responded a wise mouse. "But who is to undertake the job?" Thus evolved the question, "Who will bell the cat?" meaning "who will risk his own life to save his neighbor's?"
September 19, 1993
How did it happen? Is someone there asleep? Stephen Bodio was able to express his genuinely poetic thoughts, his calm reasoning about hunting ("What the Falconer Knows," Aug. 8). Bodio actually said that cows aren't evil, and he mentioned with affection an old Browning rifle, and he actually eats those cute grouse he kills, yet he hasn't turned into a racist redneck thug who rapes the environment, nor is he portrayed as one. Doesn't that violate some longstanding rule you have?
May 24, 2009 |
How to Cook a Tapir A Memoir of Belize Joan Fry University of Nebraska Press: 294 pp., $24.95 Back in 1962, Joan Fry, an English major, was hungry for adventure. She married an anthropologist and followed him to what is now Belize, to a village deep in the rain forest for which nothing in her suburban New Jersey upbringing prepared her.