Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs

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

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.

Room With a View

For reasons reason cannot elucidate, some people in Bowdoinham keep guineas. They don’t eat them, can’t domesticate them, and have to feed and shelter them through the winter.

fox alseep on tree stump

Room With a View

Before myth became history, did foxes consider the trade-offs involved and cast their fate with ours, then think better of it?