Quote of the Day

At 200 feet, the first pilot, Chris Gullikson, was perfectly visible in his trike’s open cockpit. He was wearing his whooping-crane costume, a white hooded helmet and white gown that looked like a cross between a beekeeping suit and a Ku Klux Klan get-up. (New York Times)

The full article is delightfully kooky.  Its serious side concerns the difficulty, and arguably the futility, of many of our efforts to conserve or reintroduce endangered species into the wild.  Also:

The crane’s size, elusiveness and abrasive voice also seem to have made it a particularly satisfying trophy for hunters. (Washington Post headline, 1904: “Two Nebraska Duck Hunters Kill the Last of the Pompous Bird.”)

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