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January 7, 2012
Book collectors with fat wallets, take note: A first edition of the rare John James Audubon book "The Birds of America" will be auctioned by Christie's in New York on Jan. 20. When another copy of "The Birds of America" sold for $11.5 million in 2010, it became the world's most expensive book. "The Birds of America" was published in the early 1800s as a serial, with subscribers getting a handful of plates at a time. It was printed on oversized pages, more than 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide; the original black-and-white engravings were hand-colored.
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October 17, 2013 | By Geoff Nicholson
Nobody would file the novels of Donna Tartt under "thrillers. " But that is what she writes. And without a great plot, any thriller - even a beautifully written and very literary one - falls apart. Her previous novel, the self-consciously Southern Gothic "The Little Friend," was, despite its promising subject matter of meth and death, a little lacking in plot and disappointed some fans of her debut, "The Secret History. " Tartt's latest, "The Goldfinch" - only her third novel in 20-plus years - coheres magnificently.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1985 | MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writer
One of two rare birds reported missing from the Los Angeles Zoo last week has been found, zoo officials said Monday. The male Asian rhinoceros hornbill was captured Sunday night by zoo keepers, armed with a net, who snagged the horned creature near Big Tujunga Wash in Sunland after numerous sightings by residents there. His female partner remains at large, zoo spokeswoman Lora La Marca said.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
America's first Rufous-necked Wood Rail may have already ended its improbable stop among New Mexico cattails, but his celebrity hasn't diminished. Thousands of people in recent weeks have made a pilgrimage to Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge to see what, in the birding world, is a singular discovery: the first North American sighting of the Wood Rail, a native to South and Central American tropical forests. The Wood Rail hasn't been spotted since last Thursday, stirring speculation of a retreat into the brush or a return to the tropics, but birders are still buzzing over the unlikely find.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1990 | LAURA PITTER
Warning signs have been posted at the mouth of the Ventura River to protect a small flock of least terns, an endangered bird temporarily in the area. The signs, warning that harassing the birds is a federal offense, were posted after passersby complained that people were riding bikes, throwing stones and flying kites in the Ventura River estuary where the adult least terns are teaching their young how to hunt for food, said Barbara Fosbrink, Ventura city parks department spokeswoman.
NEWS
July 19, 1987 | WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, United Press International
One letter contained a death threat to the tiny birds, but a sixth grader wrote that the beach should be closed to protect the habitat of the piping plover, because "people wouldn't die if they didn't have the beach." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it has received nearly 300 letters commenting on its proposal to reserve Moonstone Beach--a popular spot with sunbathers--as a summer haven for the tiny, rare birds.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A rare complete edition of John James Audubon's "The Birds of America" was auctioned in New York for $5.6 million, ending three years of legal wrangling over a decision by a financially strapped Providence, R.I., library to dispose of its most valuable holding. The 1838 edition of ornithologist Audubon's most famous work went to a person bidding by telephone, said Benedetta Roux, spokeswoman for Christie's auction house. She did not identify the bidder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1988 | RAYMOND L. SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
A pair of rare Australian cockatoos valued at $20,000 have been stolen from their cage in the San Diego Zoo, and officials have alerted collectors of rare birds to be on the lookout for anyone trying to sell them. The so-called "gang-gang cockatoos," the only such birds on exhibit at the zoo, were taken after someone cut mesh wiring in the back of the enclosure and then pried open the cage door, zoo spokesman Jeff Jouett said Saturday. "There were not many feathers in the cage," Jouett said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 1990 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Marvel Mohat's "Confessions of a Temporary Secretary," the opener in Theatre of NOTE's evening of two one-acts under the umbrella title of "Rare Birds," is a totally dismissible hourlong skit with a large cast that is also dismissible, at least under the overblown, frantic direction of Ed de' Leal. The same material is covered in about 60 seconds by Mass Hysteria (see following review).
FOOD
April 19, 2000 | DAVID KARP
At dawn on Paul Hong's chicken farm in Newberry Springs, 20 miles east of Barstow in the Mojave desert, the sun peeps over distant hills, bronzing a spare landscape of sagebrush and scrub. A cacophony of clucking and crowing comes from the tin-roofed coops. Hong, a retired engineer with a passion for poultry, sneaks up with a hooked wire behind a stray golden-red rooster, snares its feet and pulls it to him. "La Belle Rouge," he says with a grin. "Sweet-meat chicken."
SCIENCE
April 18, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Academic researchers and federal scientists have for the first time come up with direct evidence of feral cats killing endangered Hawaiian petrels. The study, by scientists from the University of Hawaii, the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, confirms what has been widely suspected, that wild cats are playing an important role in the population decline of the rare birds. The study involved monitoring of 14 Hawaiian petrel burrows with digital infrared video cameras in 2007 and 2008 on the island of Hawaii.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
MUSIC Steve Martin may have built his career as a one-of-a-kind, surrealist stand-up, but his most recent turn as a bluegrass musician is no laughing matter. Paired with the group Steep Canyon Rangers, Martin's deft banjo playing goes from a left-field accessory on his '70s comedy albums to front and center on the 2011 album "Rare Bird Alert," and even though there's no comedy on this bill you're sure to go home with a smile. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. $55-$85 http://www.ticketmaster.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2012
Book collectors with fat wallets, take note: A first edition of the rare John James Audubon book "The Birds of America" will be auctioned by Christie's in New York on Jan. 20. When another copy of "The Birds of America" sold for $11.5 million in 2010, it became the world's most expensive book. "The Birds of America" was published in the early 1800s as a serial, with subscribers getting a handful of plates at a time. It was printed on oversized pages, more than 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide; the original black-and-white engravings were hand-colored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 | By Louis Sahagun
Birders have been converging at South El Monte's Legg Lake for a rare sighting -- and possible photographs -- of a tundra swan and a wood stork that have been hanging out with the blue herons and double-crested cormorants that call the area home. Both birds have strayed far beyond their normal ranges, birders say. Judging from the pattern of pinkish warts on its head, the wood stork, which has a long curved beak and stands about 3 feet tall, could be the same bird seen earlier this month in Orange County.
IMAGE
August 23, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Imagine buying so many outfits at Neiman Marcus that you need a moving truck to get them all home. Or ringing up 20 pairs of Christian Louboutin stilettos at a clip. The only catch? None of it is for you. That's just another day at the office for "luxury lifestyle consultant" Raven Kauffman. The former wardrobe stylist and fashion publicist came by the job accidentally in 2001 when a hotel concierge asked if she could take a guest shopping. That turned into a permanent personal shopping gig, and other clients soon came calling.
NEWS
April 20, 2008 | Jerry Harmer, Associated Press
Conservationists in Cambodia think they may be turning the corner in their fight to save one of the world's rarest birds. Since 2005, a rush to turn grasslands into large-scale rice farms has gobbled up one-third of the Bengal Florican's habitat in Cambodia, threatening the critically endangered bird with extinction. Now, a land-protection plan devised by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, along with British-based BirdLife International and Cambodian authorities, appears to be slowing this controversial real estate grab.
NEWS
January 26, 2003 | Jane Wardell, Associated Press Writer
Working in the shadow of some of Scotland's highest mountain peaks, conservationists are ripping out thousands of trees -- planted mostly as a tax break for wealthy investors -- to preserve the habitat of some of the world's rarest birds. The European Union has partly funded a $4.3-million program to restore the Forsinard Nature Reserve in the Scottish Highlands to a massive bog. "We've started on a major operation that will return the peatlands to their former condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1990 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A controversial, hilltop home for UC Irvine's chancellor would have "unavoidable adverse impacts" on an extremely rare bird, a new environmental survey concludes. But campus planners say the survey findings have enabled them to design the $3-million home and entertainment facility to permit peaceful coexistence with California gnatcatchers and other sensitive species found on the four-acre plateau of rare coastal sage lands near the campus's southern edge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
The Hansen Dam Recreation Center is an intersection in the San Fernando Valley where open space and the suburbs clash head-on, a place blessed with willows and water and plagued by homeless encampments, crack dens and off-roaders. It is also prone to fires, such as one May 13 that destroyed 80 acres of nesting grounds for a remarkably diverse avian population, including one of the world's rarest songbirds, the federally endangered least Bell's vireo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2006 | Duke Helfand and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
An Orthodox synagogue has won permission to string a religious boundary along the beach from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey after agreeing to take steps to protect a rare bird that nests in the coastal area. Members of the Pacific Jewish Center in Venice welcomed the California Coastal Commission's decision last week to grant their request to run fishing line between lampposts and sign poles through several miles of prime beachfront, creating an unbroken symbolic border.
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