| Jun 27, 2012
| 1:20 PM
Barry H. Landau, the once-esteemed collector of presidential memorabilia, was sentenced seven years in federal prison Wednesday for stealing thousands of historic documents from archives and libraries in Baltimore and up the East Coast.
| Feb 7, 2012
| 9:58 AM
Today's Google doodle honors Charles Dickens on his birthday. On the letters, you can see characters such as Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol" (one of my favorite works, in all forms, including the movie Scrooged and the Mr. Magoo cartoon). I always...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 12:55 PM
One hundred years ago in September, Martha the passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo.
She was the last of a North American species whose population once had numbered in the billions. Naturalist John James Audubon once described a mile-wide migratory...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:10 PM
The summer solstice traditionally celebrates the warmth and bounty of the season on the longest day of the year. But the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (the public exhibition arm of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, founded in 1857), celebrates a few days...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 4:37 PM
The new exhibition at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is like a roll call of lost, or nearly lost, species: the passenger pigeon, the American bison, the black bear in Illinois, the Carolina parakeet.
But "Nature's Struggle: Survival and Extinction,"...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:40 AM
Peter and Marjorie Schwarze opened The Old Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House inside the DeLeon Springs State Park in 1961. And food is still being served in the same hands-on, do-it-yourself style.
Each table is equipped with a griddle. Servers bring...
| Jan 24, 2014
On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her passing marked the end of a species that once was so ubiquitous that enormous flocks, one estimated at more than 3 billion birds, were said to have...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 5:43 PM
Over the last several months, a young brown pelican's obsessive preening regimen has dominated the view from my office window at the Northern California wildlife hospital where I work. We don't name the patients we care for — if animals could talk,...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:18 AM
Get free entry to Everglades National Park at the Homestead entrance to celebrate the fourth annual "Vintage Day."
Turn-of-the-century South Florida history comes alive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as costumed Gladesmen, gator and plume hunters, park wardens,...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 7:25 AM
A trail winds up the side of a glacial esker to a high point known as Pigeon Hill – a place where the ghosts of a long-extinct species still seem to haunt the forest.
High on this rise in the woods of Bristol's Harry C. Barnes Nature Preserve,...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 2:00 PM
A copy of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in English-speaking North America, was purchased for $14.2 million on Tuesday night at Sotheby’s in New York.
There are 11 surviving copies of "The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Those people who argue that print is dead just don’t understand the business model. A tiny book of psalms, printed in Colonial America in 1640 -- when digital referred to nothing more than fingers and toes -- has been sold for about $14.2 million, a...