Non-Living Bird

102338.jpgSorry, the raven you see perched above my head here isn't living. It's a woodcarving on the wall here at the Raven's Nest coffee shop in Culpeper, where Kelly and I are spending the morning of Woodberry's fall Free Day*.

I should also note that the Atlantic Puffin I'm posing with isn't living, either. It's the subject of Cliff Beittel's cover photo for the latest issue of Living Bird, as well as the subject of my article on Steve Kress's Project Puffin, "Not at Home." I'm tickled to have, if only indirectly, the cover of this issue, particularly when the other big article (on recently discovered film footage of Mexico's spectacular and extinct Imperial Woodpecker) was written by the magazine's editor, the estimable Tim Gallagher, who very easily could have given the cover to his own subject.

The great thing, though, is that the cover isn't even the best pic of a puffin in the magazine. That'd be the two-page spread by Arthur Morris of a bird bringing a beakful of fish back to shore. Yes, the cover shot does provide an interestingly tentacly look to the AtPu--as Kelly notes, "He looks like Doctor Zoidberg**"--but you should really pick up the magazine to get a look at the Morris photo. I couldn't be happier to have my prose appearing with it.

And speaking of picking up the magazine: all you have to do is join the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to get Living Bird delivered to you. Trust me--you'll love it. And if you're interested in my upcoming article on Cornell's Spring Field Ornithology class, there's only one place to get it...

*In case you're wondering, on a Free Day, classes are canceled by order of the headmaster, so I have nothing required of me until 2:00, when I have to go work on the sound plot for the production of Lend Me a Tenor that I'm directing. If you're in the neighborhood, the show starts at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov. 3rd, Friday, Nov. 4th, and Saturday, Nov. 5th. Admission is free and open to the public, and we'd love to see you there.

**If you're not watching Futurama, you really should be. Dr. Zoidberg is only one reason why.


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