Latest Stephen Packard Stories

2005-10-03 07:25:00

NORTHBROOK, Ill -- Restoring vanished prairies that looked to long-ago observers like an endless inland grass sea covering the U.S. Midwest requires backbreaking work to clear brush, collect and spread seeds and, most importantly, set fires. The culmination of nearly 30 years of hard labor to bring back the prairie landscape on one piece of land in this Chicago suburb is arresting to the senses. It bursts with scents and colors from hundreds of different types of flowers and grasses. It is a...

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'