birds

Sandhill Cranes: Tastes Like Pork?

by Emily March 13, 2012

Guest blogger Dennis Wild is the author of the newly published The Double-Crested Cormorant: Symbol of Ecological Conflict, which tells how, after cormorant populations rebounded from near-extinction driven by DDT contamination, these amazing birds were persecuted throughout their entire range  because of their perceived threat to American fishing interests. Today’s double-crested cormorants face the challenge of being referred to as “overabundant.” Their numbers had been so low for so long that more than one human generation grew up never seeing large gatherings of cormorants, either at their breeding grounds on the Great Lakes and other northern areas or favorite wintering quarters […]

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Reverend Billy returns with the “Church of Earth-a-lujah” in a series of appearances

by Trade Marketing January 19, 2011

“After ten years we ARE a church, if a post-religious one.” Every Sunday starting January 30th, Reverend Billy, the revivalist preacher created by performance artist Bill Talen, is inviting readers to revel in the glory of the Reverend’s worship-show, “The Church of Earth-a-lujah.” Reverend Billy is the subject of The Reverend Billy Project: From Rehearsal Hall to Super Mall with the Church of Life After Shopping by Savitri D and Bill Talen. The Reverend has attracted an international following as he has railed in white suit and clerical collar against the evils of excessive consumerism and corporate irresponsibility. Hosted every […]

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Summer road trip: ‘Michigan’s County Courthouses’ offers a historic staycation

by University of Michigan Press July 19, 2010

John Fedynsky is a Ferndale attorney and author of the new book Michigan’s County Courthouses, which walks readers through the history and architecture of every county courthouse in the state, plus the home of the state Supreme Court. Looking for a statewide staycation this summer? Consider making a tour of Michigan’s courthouses, he suggests. Their beauty and backstory can make every stop worthwhile. “Michigan summers cry for the open road. Hit the road and experience Michigan’s eighty-three county seats. Each boasts a courthouse that is the pride of the local community. “Michigan is a vast and varied land, its area […]

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‘World of Warcraft: Cataclysm’ Beta test preview by author Bonnie Nardi: Goblins

by University of Michigan Press July 13, 2010

Bonnie Nardi is author of My Life as a Night Elf Priest,  a new book on the culture and gameplay of the international bestselling online world game, World of Warcraft. This is the third in a series of blog posts talking about new changes coming in the game. For the first post, describing what the new Worgen race starting area will be like when the game’s “Cataclysm” expansion/upgrade comes later this year, click here. For the entry regarding developer Blizzard Entertainment’s aborted effort to require real names on its user forums, click here. For a description of how “Cataclysm” changes […]

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Hear Tamarack Song read a native tale from his new book, ‘Whispers of the Ancients’

by Heather Newman May 13, 2010

Tamarack Song is a storyteller, counselor, wilderness skills teacher, rites-of-passage guide, and founder of the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. He is also, along with Ojibwe artist Moses (Amik )Beaver, the coauthor of Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time. He took time out to read one of the stories for us. Take a listen by clicking on the link below; it’s a treat. Here’s what he had to say about the selection: “Two Hungry Bears is co-author Moses (Amik) Beaver’s favorite story in the book, and this telling is in his […]

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