Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs is a retired professor of English at Bowdoin College.

River

Provincialisms

This November’s midterm elections pit us against each other in ways that seem to have precious little to do with realities grounded in our local and national geographies or their histories.

osprey

Living Off the Grid

Early last April, a pair of ospreys — newlyweds, so to speak — built themselves a nest there. Every so often, we’d see one or the other of them…

Maine Birds

Ordinary Birds

“Rare birds, high-value birds, please us. But no more than the cliff swallows that once arrived in abundance every spring.”

wild turkey

Good Having You Back

By 1900, the following animals were extinct or nearly extinct in Maine and everywhere else east of the Mississippi: 1) any wild canid larger than a fox, 2) wild turkeys, 3) beavers. Now they act like they own the place.

canoe tripping up north

Up North, Early May

Up North, in the true canoe country, early May is to canoe-tripping what Thanksgiving to Christmas is to retailing. The whole year quickens toward those two weeks.

fallen tree

Great Elms

New England Elms, long cherished as ornaments, became symbols, providing more than simply shade.