National Geographic : 1938 Jun
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE rnotograpn Dy wllnelm looDen DREDGES SCOOP UP "MELLOWED SUNLIGHT" STORED BY NATURE IN REMOTE AGES Raw amber appears in light-colored strata, called "blue earth," on East Prussia's Samland prom ontory (p. 770). Ancient trade routes have been traced by the finding of "Baltic gold" in far-away places. This fossilized resin of prehistoric northern pine trees was even discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamen, Mycenaean burial places, and Phoenician cities. Pliny called it a "tear of resin." after the hot hours we spent on the blister ing dunes. A PATHWAY FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS The Rossitten bird observatory was founded in 1901 by Dr. J . Thienemann, and in 1923 endowed under the Kaiser Wil helm Society. A staff of ornithologists and trained ob servers studies the movements of the birds of passage and bands hundreds of young of all available species. Especially valuable is this station's study of the mating habits and migrations of the white stork along two distinct routes (page 789). On the wall of the recently built bird museum hangs a framed letter. Its simple text bespeaks a tale of stork tragedy and of simple native faith: Dist. Commissioner's Office, Northern Darfur District, Kutum, A. E. Sudan. 6 December, 1932 Messrs. Vogelwarte, Rossitten. DEAR SIRS: I have the honor to report that a dead stork was retrieved from the Malma (coaster), lat. 15 deg. 9 min., long. 26 deg. 10 min., having attached to its leg an aluminium ring bearing the inscription, "VOGELWARTE, ROSSITTEN, GER MANIA." The ring has been retained by the chief of the Meidob tribe in whose territory it was found, as his people felt it was a visible sym bol of the Deity's interest and encouragement. Should you require the ring to be returned, I will arrange to do so, but I would be grate ful if you would agree to leave it as a divine gift to a remote African tribe. I have the honor to be your obdt. servant, (Signed) District Commissioner.