Nature Notes

Vol. III August 26th, 1925 No. 9


The other day a Clark Crow was flying among the alpine firs just back of Paradise Camp and in some way became entangled in a quantity of string which it was carrying. After a time the crow succeed in tying himself very throughly to a limb and there he hung by one leg until some girl camper came along to liberate him.

The heroine climbed the tree for a distance of about fifteen feet and clipped the string with a pair of shears furnished by another camper. The crow did not stay to thank her but no doubt was glad to be released.

By P. M. Fogg, Nature Guide.

Not a few trees in the Park are liberally festooned with long streamers or tufts of Usnea, a tough, gray-green lichen. This occurs not alone in the forested areas, but also in the open, parklike spaces where the trees, far less numerous, are growing in small clumps. By reason of the fact that the growth is is found on dead or dying trees, as well as on those that are alive, many casual observers wrongly assume that it alone is respnsible for the death of the trees. The lichen does not however derive nourishment from the timber, and will flourish as well on a stick. It is an air plant, and perhaps prefers dead wood, or trees that have been attacked by insects, because on such there is less foliage to hinder its spread.

By P. M. Fogg, Nature Guide.

The foot trails are in many inctances, the solo highways from place to place in the Park. Usually they are flanked with blooming plants, ferns or trees, and as they wind this way, or that, over the slopes, the hiker, enjoys views that constantly shift in delightful fashion. It is unfortunate that some Park visitors are content to partake of such pleasures as the trails offer, and at the same time litter these footways with trash. Thus those who follow must make their way amid rubbish. One well travelled path was recently strewn for half a mile with pieces torn from blueberry bushes. The berries had been plucked and the twigs thrown away as they were stripped. Discarded sandwiches, fruit peelings, film cartons, tobacco cans, cardboard boxes, waste paper and other refuse are common sights. If the trails are to be maintained in suitable condition, cooperation on the part of the public is essential, for the rangers cannot patrol the many miles of foot highways to collect rubbish that should never have been deposited there.

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