London’s Thames River was never a particularly pristine body of water, but by the mid-19th century, things had gotten out of hand.
It’s Corinne’s birthday and we’ve squirreled away this nutty story just for her.
It’s March of the Wild and it’s also Women’s History Month. Get ready to meet “the most honest, unselfish, indomitable hellcat in the history of conservation.”
In 1914, over 100 years ago, the final passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. All attempts to breed them in captivity failed. Martha suffered from a palsy that made her tremble and had never laid a fertile egg. The passenger pigeon was extinct, thanks entirely to mankind.
How did this happen?
Edward Bauer – yes, Eddie Bauer of catalog fame! – almost froze to death so that I could wear my down jacket 80 years later, sweating it out on the MBTA and whining about my eeeeemaaaaillssss and my meeeettinggggs.
Marilyn McCusker, the first woman to die in a mining accident, wasn’t a cautionary tale. She was an unsung inspiration for an entire industry.