What should you do if a troculus invades your home?

Call a chimney sweep! Once known as a troculus, the bird now known as the chimney swift originally nested in hollow trees. Smithsonian ornithologists say that when early settlers cleared the forests and built European-style houses, the birds began nesting in chimneys.

A cigar with wings? 

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Posted: 28 January 2013
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.