National Geographic : 1924 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE 9 - - Photograph by Willis T. Lee WIIERE THE WALKING STICKS COME FROM This cactus (Opuntia imbricata) is a characteristic plant in southern New Mexico. It is com monly called cane cactus because of its use in making walking sticks. Photograph by F. E. Lloyd A NATURAL BIRD SANCTUARY IN A FRIENDLESS LAND The spiny branches of the cane cactus afford safe shelter to birds and are used extensively by them for nesting. Predatory animals in search of eggs or young birds usually go hungry rather than brave the needle-like cactus spines.