WILD THINGS: 2 SCENES FROM A BREEDING SEASON

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She flew in and landed atop the fence, although it wasn’t immediately clear that she was a she. Mourning doves are sexually monomorphic, meaning both genders look...

WILD THINGS: THE AFTERNOON THAT HASN’T ENDED

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It was mid June, hot as Hades and I was on the sidewalk outside of Harpoon Harry’s after lunch.  This was three years ago. The heat was that all-encompassing,...

WILD THINGS: NOTES ON A NEAR-HURRICANE

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Winslow Homer painted two watercolors on his first trip to Key West in 1895. The first was a relatively demure study of a coconut palm. There was...

WILD THINGS: THE SECRET LIVES OF YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS

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It would be tough to be a yellow-billed cuckoo in the Florida Keys if you viewed yourself through the eyes of a birdwatcher, because, well, you’d always...

WILD THINGS COLUMN: AN IDEA OF ORDER AT KEY WEST

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In the proper scheme of things we, as humans, are not supposed to occupy intimate space with a bird like a Cory’s shearwater. Shearwaters are pelagic birds,...

ASK THE BIRD GEEK: ARE BIRDS REALLY JUST FANCY, LITTLE DINOSAURS?

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Are birds really just fancy little dinosaurs? — Bi-Residential Barry Yes! Yes, they are.  I started to write about how all the birds we know can be traced to one...
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