June 21, 2015 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Less than 50 years ago, there were more herons than vacationers in southern Stone Harbor. Southern Seven Mile Island was recognized as a "veritable paradise for birds" as early as the late 19th century. As many as 9,000 herons nested at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary in the 1960s and early 1970s - an incredible number for a 21-acre site, according to Wetlands Institute executive director Lenore Tedesco. But by 1983, there were only about 1,000 birds, as the site had fallen victim to overdevelopment and the intrusion of invasive species.
November 14, 2013 |
* PARROT CONFIDENTIAL. 8 tonight, WHYY12. * GROUND FLOOR. 10 and 10:35 p.m. tomorrow, TBS. POLLY, it seems, wants much more than a cracker. That's the takeaway from "Parrot Confidential," tonight's installment of PBS' "Nature," which makes a compelling case against breeding parrots for pets while offering fascinating glimpses of what it's like to live with highly intelligent creatures whose care can represent more than a lifetime's commitment. I'm no sucker for nature documentaries - I probably couldn't pick a wildebeest out of a lineup - but who doesn't love a talking bird?
December 9, 2012 |
I'll never forget sailing on a glass-bottom boat from Store Bay in Tobago to Buccoo Reef, one of the most spectacular treasures of the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago. At the Coral Gardens, the boat stopped to allow those who wanted to swim, snorkel, or scuba dive to get off, while the rest of us stayed on to survey the fantastic coral formations and watch the varied marine life swimming in the turquoise water beneath the boat. At the Nylon Pool, a naturally formed pool within the reef itself, I got out of the boat with the other passengers and jumped into the warm water.
December 6, 2012 |
I warmed to Steve Saffier as soon as he said we'd be better friends to the birds if we did a little less raking. And when he suggested a way to build habitats while spending less time on the lawn, I thought there must be a catch. Saffier, who directs the Audubon at Home program, spoke Tuesday evening with the Sierra Club of Chester County, hoping to enlist citizen scientists over Presidents' Day weekend to help with the Great Backyard Bird Count. The four-day event is made for casual birders, the sort who might sit by the fire, look out the window, and jot down the number of house finches and white-throated sparrows spied at the feeder.
September 10, 2012
Karen Rile lives and works in Chestnut Hill The sound starts around midnight, rising from the park. It slices through the late summer chorus of crickets like a deranged soprano. Is it a monster? Is something being killed? Up and down Shawnee Street, windows light up. Dogs are going crazy. Our terrier growls and postures, ready to defend his family. "Do you hear it?" texts the woman across the street. "It's back. " The first night, we thought someone was being attacked in the woods.
July 9, 2010
Jim Bohlen, 84, whose snap decision to sail to Amchitka Island, Alaska, to protest an underground nuclear test led to the creation of the environmental organization Greenpeace, died Monday in Comox, British Columbia. The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said his daughter, Margot Bradley of Philadelphia. Mr. Bohlen was a founder of the Don't Make a Wave Committee, a group of Sierra Club members determined to oppose nuclear testing at Amchitka Island in the Aleutians, which had begun in 1969.
March 20, 2008 |
It's cold, it's muddy, you're still wearing socks to bed, and snow remains a possibility. The famous Equinox Storm dumped more than 11 inches on the region exactly 50 years ago this week. But happy spring, people! It starts today. Actually, spring started at 1:48 this morning, and if you can stand the weather, head outside and be very still. Despite the chill, you'll see - and hear and smell - all the signs of this season of rebirth. Toni Ann Flanigan has only to step into her yard in Germantown to see evidence of spring: a sea of plants that signals the start of her busiest time as a garden designer.
August 2, 2004
Community for over-55s? Don't knock it I read Eileen Schafus-Cohen's July 26 commentary ("Skip the over-55 communities, and keep that youthful outlook") and would say that she has made many assumptions that aren't true about over-55 communities. About the only thing that was correct is that she wouldn't be allowed to air out her quilt - and thank goodness for that. My husband and I moved to an over-55 community two years ago. We were tired of tall trees, snow removal, too big a house and too much work.
November 18, 2003 |
It truly was a dump with a view. Back in the day, you could take your household trash, your building materials, your whatever, to the city dump and leave it out there at the edge of the island, a lovely spot (except for the landfill part) where the ocean meets the inlet meets the bay. Must've been nice to be an old Coke bottle in North Wildwood. But soon you, too, can live at the old dump with the breathtaking view. All it's taking is an elaborate and lengthy capping of the site, the blessing of state environmental officials, and a focus-group-fueled P.R. campaign by the builder, K. Hovnanian.
April 13, 1998 |
The Easter Chicken is alive and clucking - but only because it decided to cross the road. The chicken bolted from a loading dock at a poultry processing plant in Queen Village last week and dashed into the middle of Swanson Street, where dogwalker Kerri Hunter-Woodman and her client, Raggs, found it. "It was a chicken, just nonchalantly walking down the street" as cars swerved around it, she said. She was trying to grab the bird for a rescue when a car squealed to a stop and two men jumped out. The chicken took one look at the men and took off. "The feathers were flying," Hunter-Woodman said.