THE NATION: Molting Season

Among many other items of interest in this critical time, the New York Times one day last week carried a story headlined GEESE ARE FOUND IN GROUNDED STATE. It seemed that a party of naturalists had tracked to Bylot Island in the upper reaches of Baffin Bay the Greater Snow Goose, who wanted at that point to be let alone. His zoological middle name is hyperborea, ("from beyond the north wind"), and the reason he wants to get behind the north wind once a year is that then he loses all his feathers at once. It takes...

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