Archives for April 2014

Merlins on Campus: ‘Feisty Little Falcons’ on College Street

Quick, grab your binoculars: a pair of merlins has taken up residence on College Street. These feisty little falcons migrate each year from southern wintering grounds to northern breeding grounds, where instead of constructing their own nests they reuse old ones built by hawks or crows.

Students Ben West ’16 and Andrew Haeger ’16 are among several members of the Bowdoin community who have been keeping tabs on the birds and their quest for a nest this spring. According to West, the merlins spent a few weeks testing out housing options on both sides of College Street near Moulton Union, before they finally settled on a vacant crow nest atop a tall pine in front of Ladd House.

Joining the merlin celebrities and their groupies on campus recently, Maine Audubon staff naturalist Doug Hitchcox captured some photos and videos of the male bird perching in the morning sunlight on a favorite branch high in the trees, just across the road from the newly selected nest:

Read more about Bowdoin’s merlins.

Women’s Advocate Hannah Sherman ’15 Selected as Truman Scholar

Hannah sherman Hannah Sherman is one of 59 college juniors around the country who have received a scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Each year new Truman scholars are selected based on their academic success as well as their commitment to public service and potential to make a difference. They each receive $30,000 toward graduate school.

Sherman, a Spanish and government double major, says she intends to earn a joint MBA and MA with a focus on international affairs and Latin America. But that’s still a few years away. In the meantime, she will pursue an education about women’s issues outside of academia, studying the kinds of concrete tools, such as microfinance, that she believes can most effectively aid women. Read the full story.

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