Nature Notes

Vol. VIII October, 1930 No. 11

Just Here and There

No Indians are known to have lived permanently in the Park. Most of them feared "The Mountain" as the home of the Gods. But hunger quite evidently overcame dread on some occasions. Evidence of an expedition in search of deer or goat was found on the upper slopes of Spray Park on the northwest slope of "The Mountain" in the form of a broken arrow head. The arrow was originally a broad hunting head fashioned from pure white quartz with laborious artistry. Only the tip remained of the shaft that perhaps had fallen short of its intended target. (L. G. Richards.)

Mice, apparently, care nothing for life zones. The Red Backed Mouse is properly described as living in the dense forests. It also ranges to timberline. But one was seen at Camp Misery at an elevation of about 12,000 feet on a cold, bleak morning in late July. He was complacently searching about the loose rocks and pumice for food. He seemed not at all distrubed when the climbing party turned their flashlight on him and watched him search about their feet for stray morsels. (L.G.R.)

As the last few words of the above paragraph wore written an inquisitive bear crossed the road to the Museum, walked up to the window and gazed intently into the office. He is still there--apparently wondering why I do not use the touch system instead of the "hunt and peck". Bears have the "touch" system down to a real system. Not on a typewriter, though. They usually make a "touch" in the form of food of every gullible motorist that stops along the road. And well they might, too, at this time of the year. They need to be fat when they turn in for hibernation. They are not concerned with "sylph-like" figures now. (C.F.B.)

In Yakima Park, where the trees are dwarfed by the elements and other food is scarce, the Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels have learned to climb trees not unlike the Douglas Squirrels and to harvest the cones. Once the cone is on the ground, the squirrel attacks it from the base, gleaning the nuts from between the cone scales of the White Barked Pine and stuffing his prize into his cheeks until they seem ready to burst. (L.G.R.)

The first unit of the new Tatoosh Trail from Reflection Lakes to the saddle of Pinnacle Peak will be opened for general use beginning the season of 1931.

Birds of all kings are numerous in the vicinity of Reflection Lakes and Lake Louise at present. Preston Macy, Assistant Chief Ranger, reported seeing great numbers of all kinds of birds there recently. It appeared, he stated, like some sort of convention.

The first snow of the season (with exception, of course, of the high rugged slopes of The Mountain where it snows practically all the year round) was reported on September 23d in Paradise Valley, elevation 5500 foot.

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