THE LIVING MUSEUM
Vol. 1. No.6 October, 1939.
Illinois State Museum Springfield, Illinois
Located on Fifth Floor of Centennial Building
A monthly guide to a keener understanding of the Illinois State Museum as a living thing--a Museum whose exhibits are planned for popular enjoyment without loss of scientific accuracy.
GEESE ON THE WING
October--and in the north there has been a growing exodus of flying things. Out of the vast Canadian marshes where, for a brief summer, geese nest and rear their young--out of here, on a night with a pushing north wind, come the geese, heading south.
Perhaps they flew over while you slept--the blue geese and snow geese from Baffin Land, or big Canadas from Saskatchewan. Perhaps, in a cold October rain, you heard wild honkings, and, if you looked up, maybe you saw silver-bellied birds circling over the city, picked out by lights below, confused by the lights and reflections on the clouds.
There is a strange, nostalgic longing in most of us when the geese go over. It is a longing which sometimes may be assuaged by a sight of geese--by those blue, snow, and Canada geese held captive forever in the Musoum.
Thorne Deuel, Chief. Virginia S. Eifert, Editor
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