An examination of the stomach contents of a sparrow hawk, (Falco sparverius linn.) killed by an automobile in Paradise Valley, revealed that the bird had been feeding entirely on insects. The following is a list of the food contents of the bird's crop.
"Wonders never cease," such was the consesus of opinion among a group of park visitors as they watched the process which was transforming a small Alpine Fir tree to a real peanut tree. The tree bore the secret wall, for even the wind swaying its branches gently, failed to dislodge the accumulating crops of peanuts. This new addition to the park flora did not come without effort however, for a mother chipmonk, conscious of the future needs of a large family, had worked for hours in storing all this good food among the thick needles of the fir tree. When she had finished - because the supply had given out - almost every twig was supporting one or more of the nuts, held firmly between the stifly erect needles.
The recession of the Emmons Glacier on the north side of Mount Rainier had until recently never been estimated. Many visitors have been anxious to get this data on the largest glacier of the Mountain. The figures were compiled recently in the following manner.
In the path of the glacier leading down the valley, the largest tree was selected - one which had apparently taken root soon after the ice had receded. This would reveal the lapse of time between that period and the present. The tree proved to be 40 years old. The distance between the tree and the mouth of the glacier was 350 yards or 1,050 feet. From these figures the average recession of the glacier, for the past 40 years, was roughly estimated as approximately 26 feet per year.
This is the only about one third the rate of recession of the glaciers of the south side. The difference is due to the exposures and the difference in snow fall.
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