Articles by Bil Gilbert

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Prince of Tides

Before "ecology" became a buzzword, John Steinbeck preached that man is related to the whole thing

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In Good Spirits

Lily dale, New York, is a curious little village where the still-quick commune with the once-quick

A Guide to Cliches

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Ringtails Like To Be Appreciated

Although they are by nature loners, these clever "cats" don't mind a little human companionship

Javelina

Do Not Take the Javelina Lightly

Oh yes, it's a touchy-feely creature all right, but the collared peccary, or javelina, has very big teeth and it knows how to use them

Rafinesque Constantine Samuel 1783-1840

An "Odd Fish" Who Swam Against the Tide

The pioneering naturalist Constantine Rafinesque did just about everything, and he always did it his way

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Rah, Rah Ruffians!

If schools aim to bring out the best in our youth, why do they name their teams after beasts, bullies and buccaneers?

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The Joys of Rehabbing

Rehabilitating injured or abandoned wildlife fulfills the longing of many animal lovers to know other bloods

Ernest Thompson Seton

Black Wolf: Ernest Thompson Seton

In his lifetime no one did more than Ernest Thompson Seton to promote the idea that nature is a very good thing

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To Be a Champion, a Tree Must Measure Up to High Standards

If it is tall, wide and thick enough, it might qualify for listing on the National Register of Big Trees--but first someone has to find it

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New Ideas in the Air at the National Zoo

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America's Favorite Game Is the One Everybody Can Play

It doesn't get hyped big-time like other sports, but at the grass-roots level, where it thrives, softball is in a league of its own

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That 'Little Armored Thing' Doesn't Get by on Looks Alone

It appears to be made out of spare parts, but the only mammal equipped with a carapace is actually a model of ecological efficiency

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Strang the Strange: America's Only King

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The Dying Tecumseh and the Birth of a Legend

A sculpture in the Smithsonian collection reveals much about how the Indians of the West were viewed in the early ages of the United States

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The Battle of Lake Erie

We were floundering in the War of 1812 when young Captain Perry delivered the winning motto, "Don't Give Up The Ship"

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