Well-trained Bear Hounds

Excerpt from Francis Harper’s Mammals of the Okefinokee Swamp, published March 1927: Hounds are generally used for locating and following a Bear’s trail. A great deal depends on the courage and tenacity of the hounds, for if they do not close with the bear, it readily makes off through the thickest portions of the swamp atContinue reading “Well-trained Bear Hounds”

“Gentlemen” Plume Hunters

“Plume hunting” for sport and fashion was common in the years before laws were enacted to protect our birds. The following is an excerpt from A Florida Sketch-Book by naturalist Bradford Torrey in 1895, mocking those who engaged in such activity: “Happily, the lawmakers of the State have done something of recent years for the protectionContinue reading ““Gentlemen” Plume Hunters”

The Finest of Embroidery

An excerpt from naturalist Bradford Torrey’s 1895 book, A Florida Sketch-Book: “We were at that moment approaching a bird about which I felt a stronger curiosity,—a snake-bird, or water-turkey, sitting in a willow shrub at the further end of the bay. ‘Pull me as near it as it will let us come,’ I said. ‘I wantContinue reading “The Finest of Embroidery”