VENUS — “It all seemed too good to be true. Hither and thither through the meadows (Mole) rambled busily … finding everywhere birds building, flowers budding, leaves thrusting – everything happy, and progressive, and occupied ... The clear sky ... seemed to pulsate with promise; today the unseen was everything. The unknown, the only real fact of life … and still, as he looked, and still as he lived, he wondered ...” — “The Wind of the Willows” by Kenneth Grahme.
Hilary Swain, the executive director of Archbold Biological Station since 1995, wasn’t born or raised along the soft, rural Thames River where the best part of life still means “messing about in boats” and the wind still blows through the willows. She was born in Scotland and grew up near the city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland, a harder country but no less beautiful.
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