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Meeting my hero, Jane Goodall

This week marks an important anniversary for me: Twenty-five years ago, I met my hero, the legendary chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. To the world, Goodall gained her first measure of fame in 1960 by changing the definition of man with her discovery that not just humans, but chimpanzees too, fashion and use tools.

Stalking the night stalkers

It’s 8:45 in the woods of Lincoln, MA, and we’ve got our first Northern saw-whet owl of the night. She’s no bigger than a kitten—about 7 inches tall and weighing less than a stick of butter. The brown and white ball of feathers, talons, and…