Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Saturday, September 18

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Walking to my office the other morning along South Wacker Drive, I saw a Northern Flicker on the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Unaccustomed to the sight of dead woodpeckers, I did a little research and learned that migrating birds sometimes smash into the glass windows of skyscrapers, particularly at night. Not all birds die; some of them are just stunned. This Chicago organization is dedicated to helping bird victims of the glass-window aspect of human encroachment on the planet. And itís looking for volunteers.

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