McCormick’s Skua - Feet
1. Nestling, right after hatching
2. Nestling, two to three weeks old
3. Juvenile, around the time of downy feather shedding
4. Normal adult
5. Piebald morph of adult - Juvenile coloring retained, with adult feathering
National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904: Natural History - Vol II. Zoology. The Order of Trustees of the British Museum, 1907.
Will the lower Hudson valley soon have its very own High Line? If Supervisor Paul Feiner gets his wish, cyclists and foot traffic may enjoy a new parkland high above the Hudson.
Originally scheduled for demolition while we wait for 2017’s completion of the replacement, a $150 million price tag to knock down the 56-year-old Tappan Zee bridge has Governor Cuomo and others reconsidering Feiner’s proposal; state government had initially deemed the idea “impractical.” But it’s funny how quickly minds change when the prospect of repurposing and beautifying an old structure may actually turn out cheaper than hauling everything to the dump.
Groups have been pushing for the reopening of the bridge as a pedestrian walkway ever since the proposal for its demolition came to light, including urban planner Milagros Lecuona (whose imaginative early rendering you can see above).
More green, less barren concrete? I’m for it. —MN
(Image source: Treehugger)
Mirai Nagasu, USA
Tetracoralla by Ernst Haeckel