January 1, 2015 |
When Jason Weckstein looks at a bird, he doesn't just see a creature with feathers that flies. He sees the bird as a habitat of related creatures, a teeming community of wee beasties, some of which live - and feast - on its feathers, others that roam more widely and engage in more general mayhem, including gorging on the bird's blood. When he talks about these nasty things, his eyes light up and he smiles with pleasure. "When I'm in the field," he said, "when I'm out bird-watching, I think, 'Boy, I'd love to get the parasites off that host.' " Weckstein, 43, is an expert on chewing lice - about 4,000 of them are known to live on birds - and this year left the Field Museum in Chicago to become associate curator of ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
July 27, 2012
A boy riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure was hospitalized after a small bird slammed into his face Thursday afternoon, park officials said. Kristin Siebeneicher, a spokeswoman for the park in Jackson, N.J., said the Kingda Ka coaster had already plummeted 45 stories back toward the ground and was pulling into the station when the bird struck the passenger's face about 4:45 p.m. Park officials said that they could not disclose the age of the passenger but that he is a minor.
February 5, 1987 |
Bozo is back. A little hungry, but still talking his head off, said one of his owners. Bozo, a parrot-type bird called a chattering lory, was stolen from his home at Beasties Unlimited in Exton, Chester County, on Thursday. Acting on a tip from another pet-store manager, Uwchlan Township police and one of Beasties' owners, John Kauffman, found the bird in the home of a St. Vincent Township woman yesterday afternoon. "The bird appears to be just fine, although it seemed a little on the hungry side" said Doug McLaughlin, another owner of Beasties.
June 11, 1988 |
Herbert Kale carefully picked up the tiny stuffed bird and measured its beak with a caliper. He studied its black and white feathers, examined its wings and compared it to more than 70 other sparrows lined up in neat rows on a tray at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The tiny bird - known as the Dusky seaside sparrow - achieved a dubious distinction last year. Rapid growth near Cape Canaveral, Fla., during the last 30 years had gradually destroyed the marshes where it lived. Despite vigorous efforts by conservationists such as Kale, the last of its kind died in captivity June 16, 1987.
May 18, 1990 |
What do you call a movie starring Mel Gibson as a daredevil whose temper is shorter than his endurance, and Goldie Hawn as a princess whose fingernails are longer than her skirts? Lethal Benjamin? Try again. Private Weapon? Try, try again. Which is exactly what Bird on a Wire does. Observing the Hollywood philosophy that "if at first you do succeed, try it again," Bird splices together Gibson's Lethal Weapon action with Hawn's Private Benjamin comedy. The results might not be a complete waste of its genial performers, but putting Gibson and Hawn into Bird on a Wire is a little like putting high-test fuel into a junker.
September 15, 1997 |
Kermit goes to the beauty salon regularly to have his nails done. He also showers daily under a plant mister and demands a slice of apple first thing in the morning. And although Kermit, a 7-year-old vibrant green parrot - or green conure, to be more precise - is named after the famous male frog, it's not clear whether the pampered pet is a boy or a girl. It would take a blood test, at least, to answer that question, which doesn't seem to matter that much to Kermit or his owner, Linda Field of Trenton, who refers to Kermit as a him. They were on hand Saturday for the Chester County Bird Club's 10th annual bird show, held in Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds.
May 19, 2012 |
Growing up in Broomall, Jesse Grantham remembers two unscripted moments that played an outsized role in shaping the career he would choose and the person he would become. Moment No. 1: He's 8, in the car with his parents, on the way to pick up the babysitter. Once there, he looks up and sees a purple martin rockin' and a-rollin' through an old sycamore tree. He knows about these aerial acrobats from his bird books, but up close, as they dive-bomb for flying insects, they're wildly entertaining.
February 20, 1995 |
It's an emu-eat-emu world out there. But finally, after much perseverance, Pennsylvania has an Emu Farmers Association of its own. No more straining to be heard at meetings of the American Emu Association. No more interstate disputes among members of the Eastern Regional Emu board. No more ostrich envy. Yes, a cry has gone up from Lancaster to Latrobe - a bold stand for acceptance and respect: We farm emus, hear us honk. For the ornithologically challenged, the emu is a flightless, long-necked, just plain ugly bird from Australia that could pass for a short ostrich.
August 13, 1989 |
The Boston Celtics' Larry Bird will be paid more than $6 million a year under the terms of a contract extension he signed before last season, sources close to the negotiations said yesterday. Bird negotiated the huge extension, which will take him through the 1991-92 season, before undergoing surgery on his feet last October. At the time that extension was disclosed, it was estimated that Bird would be paid $4.2 milion a year. The $6 million figure came to light after the NBA announced the new salary cap level last week, the sources said.
February 19, 1999 |
It's news in Philadelphia when any dance performance has a weeklong run, and on a theatrical mainstage at that. Eric Schoefer's Icarus, a memorable entry in the first Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 1997, has returned this week to play on the Arden Theatre Company's F. Otto Haas Stage, through Sunday. That earlier performance carried a mega-volt charge, fueled partly by Schoefer's ambitious, Icarus-like reach (his original plan called for suspending his dancers from the underside of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge)