By MIKE ROYKO | August 6, 1993
Judy Enright, 54, is a professional artist, currently exhibiting in Chicago. Usually she works in oils. But recently she tried something a little different: genuine bird feathers.Like much artistic inspiration, it was sort of a fluke.She lives in a small town in Michigan called Brighton. The area has many lakes, ponds and streams. So migratory birds frequently stop there. And they loiter in her yard because she feeds them.Birds shed feathers and this led to a hobby. About 10 years ago, she started collecting the feathers and saving them in shoe boxes.
September 22, 2014
Last week, Jim Perdue spoke at a Maryland Chamber of Commerce event to complain about the regulatory environment in the state where his company roosts. "The problem is, we have no seat at the table in Maryland," the Perdue Farms chairman said, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. "Even if we have an onerous thing that happens in Virginia or Delaware, we can sit at the table and at least express our opinion. " Wow. Just wow. No doubt there are a lot of corporate CEOs out there who are nodding their heads in agreement at Mr. Perdue's chirping.
In defense of Vice President Dick Cheney, who accidentally shot a wealthy campaign contributor while hunting quail over the weekend, the two species can be easily confused. Here, then, is a primer, for Cheney and hunters and non-hunters everywhere, on how to differentiate between the two. Bobwhite Quail: Scientific name, Colinus virginianus. Wealthy Campaign Contributor: Cloutus politicus. Quail: 8 inches to 11 inches long and weighing about half a pound; reddish-brown feathers are mottled with black, white and gray to help blend into surroundings and avoid predators.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Four instruments fashioned from magnets and turntables and thick metal springs are conversing in a gallery of the Walters Art Museum . They pop and hum, plink like the teeth of a comb. One calls to mind an amplified heartbeat. Another sounds like someone far away brushing a drum head. Like drunken guests at a party, their tones blend, then break into discordant sounds. One bellows at unexpected intervals. "These are idiosyncratic machines," says their creator, artist and musician Neil Feather.
By CANDUS THOMSON | December 12, 2004
Critter counts. We've been doing them since Howdy Doody was a 2-by-4, from swans a-swimming and geese a-laying to Dr. Seuss' red fish and blue fish. This year is no different. Hearty bands of volunteers will be tromping around this season, sizing up the populations of bird species and taking stock of the traditional spawning grounds of yellow perch. Both groups could use a couple more boots (and waders) on the ground. Tuesday starts the 105th annual "Christmas Bird Count" sponsored by the National Audubon Society and billed as the nation's oldest and largest citizen-run science project.
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2001
As a volunteer cleanup crew in Finksburg disposed of the last of 20 trash bags of litter collected along Route 91 near Route 140, something rustled and squawked in a clump of tall grass. Volunteer Neil Ridgely followed the sound and found an injured great blue heron, the long-legged avian whose likeness adorns many Maryland license plates. Herons grow several feet tall, with feathers accounting for most of their weight. They are graceful, skittish and decidedly unfriendly. This bird threatened its prospective rescuers with its foot-long beak.
By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun Reporter | December 18, 2006
TRAPPE -- For 30 years in a converted garage at a crossroads about halfway between Trappe and Easton, William Woodrow "Woody" Bramble Jr. has been doing the dirty work for Eastern Shore hunters. Right now, they are bringing geese to Bramble's Waterfowl Cleaning Service to be plucked, cleaned and bagged -sometimes all in less than 30 minutes - and made ready for the oven or freezer. When it comes to his rather messy craft, Bramble is downright blase. Livers and other slimy innards, assorted webbed feet and wings don't faze him. Feathers?
By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | January 23, 2003
Chinese fossil hunters have discovered a new creature that's as potentially significant as it is just plain strange: a four-winged dinosaur that swooped through the sky. "It's weird, no question," said Thomas R. Holtz Jr., a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Maryland, College Park. While scientists don't yet know quite what to make of this bird-like beast, they speculate it could represent a previously unknown stage of avian evolution. The fossil is also adding new wrinkles to one of the most fascinating evolutionary enigmas of all - how did birds first learn to fly?
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1996
WASHINGTON -- To help figure out what downed an Air Force radar plane in Alaska in September at the cost of 24 lives, investigators shipped some of the debris to Roxie C. Laybourne in Washington. She examined the clues. The clues were feathers.Ms. Laybourne has spent 36 years at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History solving mysteries involving birds. She was able to confirm in an hour or so what investigators suspected: that a flock of Canada geese had flown into the engines of the Air Force E-3 AWACS.
April 11, 2003
On April 9, 2003, CORA I. FEATHERS WHEELER (nee Holden); beloved wife of the late John E. Feathers and William Wheeler; devoted mother of Fred Feathers, Eddie M. Feathers and the late Myrtle Widner; dear sister-in-law of Marie Holden, of Frederick, MD. Also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held at the family owned Leonard J. Ruck, Inc. Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road (at Echodale), on Saturday, 11 A.M. Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetary.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Artist Neil Feather, who builds mechanized musical instruments from bowling balls, film projectors and cigar boxes, among other objects, received this year's $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday evening. Trained as a ceramicist, Feather said he draws inspiration from antique machinery and "strange technology that didn't make it to the mainstream. " "I like listening to all the matter around me vibrating," Feather, 58, said in a phone interview after the award ceremony at the Walters Art Museum . The Waverly resident is a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, groups that have pushed Baltimore to a vanguard of the international experimental music movement.
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Date: March 29 Her story: Danielle Young, 33, grew up in Bel Air. She is a project manager for Leidos, a government contractor in Columbia. Her parents, Sylvia and Earl Young, live in Bel Air. His story: William Kelly, 31, grew up in Torrington, Conn. He moved to Maryland in 2005 and is a chief systems engineer for the federal government. His parents, Charlotte and Michael Kelly, live in Torrington. Their story: In October 2010, Danielle and William were at Looney's Pub in Canton, watching a New York Giants game separately — she was upstairs with her friends and he was downstairs with his. During halftime, Danielle went downstairs and ran into a friend who was there with William.
May 6, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. recently asked "what do you think it will take to get [President Obama] to see that Mr. Putin and his fellow bullies might be playing him for a fool?" Since it takes one to know one, Mr. Ehrlich should know - about being a bully, that is. After all, this is the same power-besotted individual who, as governor in 2004, autocratically promulgated a ban against Sun journalists, issuing a memo ordering his staff not to speak with two Sun writers. He even sicced his wife on the Sun and the Washington Post in 2005, having her declare that those two publications should be "punished.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Federal wildlife officials announced Monday they have approved measures taken at Maryland's first industrial wind energy project to reduce the risk of spinning turbine blades killing endangered bats and birds. Exelon Generation, which owns and operates the 28-turbine Criterion wind project built in 2010 in Garrett County, has pledged to "feather" or reduce the rotation speed of its turbines' blades during nighttime from late summer to early fall, peak bat migration time. The company also has agreed to install a protective gate over a bat cave in a neighboring state as mitigation for its turbines possibly killing one or more Indiana bats.
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
Southern Living magazine named Fells Point 's Birds of a Feather one of the top three whiskey bars in the South today. The magazine's description of the bar keeps it appropriately simple: "Hole-in-the-wall Scotch bar with 120 single malts. " A Lagavulin, neat ($15), is recommended by the publication. Alicia Horn and her late husband John opened the bar at 1712 Aliceanna St. roughly 30 years ago. They once served food, but scotch has been the main priority for years.
December 20, 2012
With the possible exception of Mayan calendar followers and all others who expect the world to end in a matter of hours, is there a gloomier bunch around metropolitan Baltimore than Ravens fans? Rarely in the history of professional sports have people with so little to grouse about made themselves so miserable. It can't be a Baltimore thing. Just three months ago, this city was thrilled over the unexpected good fortune of a hometown team that hoped to - in the final days of its season - capture a playoff spot.
September 25, 2012
The city of Baltimore and the state of Maryland have an ongoing love affair with the football Ravens, and rightly so. We have seen the Hall of Fame players, the future Hall of Famers, and some very dedicated organizational personnel represent the purple and black. The pride runs deep, from 80-year-old seniors to their pre-teen grandkids. There is an obvious buzz in the air the days following a victory, such as the nail-biter the Ravens just won over the Brady Bunch Patriots. We shed some tears and admired the fierce loyalty of Torrey Smith who bravely chose to play hours after learning of his younger brother's death ("Winning tribute," Sept.
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