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LETHAL GLASS LANDSCAPES



BY JEFF LINK
A proposed building and landscape ordinance could shape the future of bird-friendly design in Chicago.
FROM THE FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE.
 
On a mild Friday in early May, Ted Wolff took a personal day and drove to the Ballard Nature Center in Altamont, Illinois, to catch a glimpse of Lewis?s woodpecker, a nearly foot-long, pink- and white-breasted bird native to the western United States. Along with two other Chicago birders, Wolff, the garrulous, white-bearded principal of Wolff Landscape Architecture, was on a ?twitch,? an English expression for pursuing a bird in a geographic area where it is rarely seen.
Early that morning, an Illinois Rare Bird Alert reported that the woodpecker?named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis, who first saw the bird on his expedition with William Clark?had been seen at the nature center. It was reason enough for Wolff to clear his docket. Before long, the three birders were driving south to be among the first people to see the bird in Illinois, outside its historic range. When they entered the nature center?s indoor viewing area, the woodpecker was already perched on a platform feeder?a ?walk-up,? in birder?s parlance?eating shelled peanuts in front of a one-way reflective plate glass window. They watched it peck at the platform for several minutes, then fly to a hackberry with a peanut wedged in its bill, pausing before circling back to the feeder.
?At some point, though,? Wolff told me later ...
_MURLDELAFUENTE http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/

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