By the end of the 1800s, it became quite fashionable for a woman to not only don hats bearing feather plumes from a variety of exotic bird species, but also to wear the entire bobbing bird atop her head.
“They hunted birds by the tens of thousands and wanted the breeding plumage because those feathers were the coolest,” said Debbie Corbett, an archeologist with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. “They were killing them while they sat on their nests. The heads would bob and the wings would flop.”
A famous account has it that an ornithologist had only to stand on a busy New York City street corner to count dozens of bird species in a single day.
Two dead sea otters reportedly washed ashore in Homer this weekend, one a female pup and the other not located before the tide carried it away.
Kristin Worman, U.S. Fish and Wildlife unusual mortality event responder, said the baby otter – found below Glacier Boardwalk on the Homer Spit – had suffered no apparent injuries. It measured approximately 18 inches and was under 10 weeks old, she said.