National Geographic : 1944 Jun
His Front Door is a Waterfall THE WATER OUZEL, or dipper, (Cinclus mexi canus unicolor) is quite an ordinary-looking little fellow. But, actually, he is one of the most interesting birds of North America. He lives only near high mountain streams and has the strange habit of diving into the stream and walking on the bottom while he feeds. The ouzel's choice of a place to live is unique. The female often builds her nest under and behind a waterfall. Where a stream drops over a cliff, it pitches out ward a short distance as it falls, leaving a mist filled space between the waterfall and the rock. There, on some jutting ledge, the nest is placed. This strange location has two distinct advan tages for the water ouzel. Not only is the nest well hidden, but it has only one approach: through the falling water. The water ouzel has no difficulty in flying through the waterfall to his nest. But this barrier proves quite effective in preventing most enemies from discovering the nest, invading it and stealing the eggs. And so the water ouzel's home is well protected from danger. Now, obviously, it is not convenient for the average man to protect his possessions by hiding his house. And though his home, with its strong walls, its locked doors and windows, may seem as safe as the water ouzel's nest, actually it is far from invulnerable. You may become the victim of prowlers who steal your possessions and damage your prop erty. Unless you have insurance to cover the value of your loss and damage, you may suffer serious financial consequences. Today, the value of your property is increased by wartime shortages. You need Theft insurance more than ever before-insurance that covers your possessions while they are in your home or when you have taken them on a trip. And it is important that you make sure the policies you already hold, now give you enough protection. Your local Travelers man will be glad to help you with this problem. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers Insur ance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Com pany, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut.