National Geographic : 1982 May
HUMMINGBIRDS In "Hummingbirds: The Nectar Connection" (February 1982) you state: "Homing in on a stoplight-bright patch of California fuchsia blos soms .... " Neither the blossoms nor the foliage even remotely resembles any fuchsias I have seen here in California. The plant in the photo ap pears to be either a form of ice plant or moss rose. If it is a new form of fuchsia, let me know. Mrs. Elaine Allen Hollister, California The Californiafuchsia (Zauschneriacalifornica) is indeed differentfrom the domesticfuchsia, al though they belong to the same family, Onagra ceae. Another common name is hummingbird's trumpet. TAIWAN The statement that Taiwan is but a province of China (January 1982) is merely a Chinese slogan. The Chinese use the slogan to disguise their terri torial ambition over Taiwan, and the refugee Chinese Nationalists in Formosa use it as an ex cuse to reign over the Taiwanese. The second point to be made is that the post-World War II economic development and prosperity in Taiwan have been achieved entirely by the For mosan people, not by the Nationalist Chinese government on the island. Name withheld by request PERU I cannot forget the picture of the little Peruvian boy (March 1982) who had six of his sheep killed by a hit-and-run cab. Perhaps the author or pho tographer secured his name. We are enclosing our check for ten dollars, hoping that you can ar range to get it to him. Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Torson Rhododendron, Oregon We have received many letters and contributions in response to this photograph.CARE has agreed to try to locate the young shepherd and to accept contributionsto replace his sheep. Any surplus will be used for a worthy project for Peruvian children. Checks should be sent to CARE, National GeographicPeruvianChildren'sFund, 660 First Avenue, New York, New York 10016. EGYPT'S DESERT OF PROMISE This article (February 1982) mentioned plans to dig a canal so Mediterranean Sea water would create electricity as it fell into the Qattara De pression. May I suggest that solar energy would be a better solution for Egypt's electricity needs. Arlene Wyatt Inverness, Florida Members Forum ELEGANCE A WOMAN CAN USE EVERY DAY. CROSS SINCE 1846 Give the beautiful gift of new Cross for Women in 10K gold filled. With its own pen purse and lifetime mechanical guarantee. Suggested prices, $22.50 each; $45 the set.