To survive the cold of winter, some animals take advantage of protected habitats, such as wooded areas or under a blanket of insulating snow. Ruffed grouse, for example, fly into piles of loose snow and create roosting cavities to rest in when not foraging. Mice and other small mammals remain active in tunnels under the snow. [Read more…] about How Animals Stay Warm In Winter
There’s More To Animal Fur Than Meets The Eye
A flash of orange streaks across the meadow – a red fox, like a starburst in the snow. Its fur shimmers in the early morning light, and I, bundled in my winter layers and still shivering cold, envy the fox’s luxurious coat. [Read more…] about There’s More To Animal Fur Than Meets The Eye
A World War II Bomber Pilot’s Canine Companion
Season two of The Object of History podcast by the Massachusetts Historical Society continues with “A World War II Bomber Pilot’s Canine Companion,” the story of Thunderbolt, a dog who served as a companion to an American bomber pilot and POW Lt. Robert Payne during World War II. [Read more…] about A World War II Bomber Pilot’s Canine Companion
Woman & Two Dogs Rescued In The Adirondack High Peaks
New York State Forest Rangers rescued a woman and her two dogs who became lost while hiking Mount Marcy, New York State’s highest mountain, located in the Adirondack High Peaks.
On November 15th at 2:45 pm, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance with the search for a hiker on Mount Marcy. The 35-year-old from Toronto became lost while hiking with her two dogs and called for help from her cell phone. [Read more…] about Woman & Two Dogs Rescued In The Adirondack High Peaks
A Dog’s Tale: Dachshunds, Hot Dogs, Coney Island & Greenwood Cemetery
Exploding urban populations during the nineteenth century demanded new solutions towards burying the dead. Traditional congregational graveyards were either full or overcrowded. A combination of practical thinking and the wish to commune with nature (inspired by Romantic poetry) led to the development of serene burial grounds outside the city boundaries.
Founded as a “rural” or “garden” cemetery in 1838, Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery is famous for its picturesque landscape features with evocative names such as Camellia Path, Halcyon Lake, Oaken Bluff, or Vista Hill. Elaborate monuments and mausoleums, designed in an array of architectural styles, honor the Lispenard dynasty (Norman), William Niblo (Gothic), the Steinway family (Classical), and others.
And then there is the Feltman mausoleum, the columns of which feature Corinthian capitals. On each side of the doorway stands a trio of mourning figures. Those on the left hold symbols of faith (cross and doves); those on the right show grief and sorrow. The pediment features two cherubs holding a wreath with the initial F in the center. On top of the temple is a cupola with the Archangel Michael standing guard, sword at the ready. The building serves to celebrate the memory of just one man. Who was this person? A Founding Father maybe? A respected politician (if that is not a contradiction in terms)? A celebrated artist? [Read more…] about A Dog’s Tale: Dachshunds, Hot Dogs, Coney Island & Greenwood Cemetery
Lethal Chambers: The Curse of Anglo-American Eugenics
The relationship between politics and science has always been complicated, and at times, disastrous.
The term eugenics was coined in 1883 by the British scientist Francis Galton who advocated that society should promote the marriage of the “fittest” individuals by providing monetary incentives.
Numerous intellectuals and political leaders (Winston Churchill and John Maynard Keynes in Britain; Woodrow Wilson and Alexander Graham Bell in the United States) came to accept the idea that society should strive for the improvement of the human race through governmental intervention. [Read more…] about Lethal Chambers: The Curse of Anglo-American Eugenics
Some Anecdotes From Political History
What Adirondack mammal did President Grover Cleveland chase while fishing with his outdoor guide, “Dave,” at Upper Saranac on June 4th, 1887?
A black bear. “The guide said it was a burned log, but the president thought otherwise, and keeping his eye on the object soon after saw it was a black bear,” The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on June 7th, 1887. “The two men followed the bear, which was a large one. The race was exciting, and ended by the bear shaking the water from his shaggy sides and disappearing in the depths of the forest.” [Read more…] about Some Anecdotes From Political History
Dog Rescued From Ruined Kaaterskill Hotel Cistern
On October 17th at 4:15 p.m., Greene County 911 contacted NYS Department of Conservation Forest Ranger Fox about a dog that fell into a cistern at the ruined Kaaterskill Hotel site in the town of Hunter, in the Catskills.
Ranger Fox and Assistant Forest Ranger France reported that they responded to the location to assess the situation, along with Forest Rangers Martin, Mitchell, and Skudlarek. [Read more…] about Dog Rescued From Ruined Kaaterskill Hotel Cistern
Dog Rescued After 5 Days Trapped In A Cave In Minnewaska State Park
A dog trapped in a rocky crevice near Gertrude’s Nose Trail in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, NY was rescued unharmed Tuesday evening after five days without food or water. [Read more…] about Dog Rescued After 5 Days Trapped In A Cave In Minnewaska State Park
Metal Heads and Canine Compasses: Dog Navigation
As the title of the animated TV series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! suggests, getting lost was a frequent premise. From 1969 onward, the cadre of teen gumshoes has spent a lot of their time looking for young Shaggy, who always disappears to smoke a joint (so it’s implied), and then to satisfy his raging munchies afterward. His dog Scooby-Doo of course tags along for the food. I recall one episode where Shaggy attempts to navigate a forest by looking for moss on the north sides of trees. He should’ve just asked Scooby for directions. [Read more…] about Metal Heads and Canine Compasses: Dog Navigation