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An immense forested area of southern Alaska is being spotted with warning signs attached to the finest of its huge old trees, the youngest of which are estimated to be some 350 years old. The point is not to protect the trees as such, but to save the bald eagle nests atop them.
Eagles need the big trees. Their massive nests may contain 150 cubic feet of limbs, moss and grass weighing several tons. It is believed that eagles that lose their nests go through the mating season in such a state of frustration that they refuse to build a substitute nursery.
It is illegal to cut trees bearing the nests, but in the dense woods the aeries are often hard to see from the ground. Clear-cutting operations have not done much for the eagle's lot, either.
This spring, to give the eagles a fighting chance for survival, the Forest Service began supplying Fish and Wildlife Service biologists with maps detailing proposed forestry, mining and road-construction projects. The biologists in turn fanned out over Alaska's widespread woods, marking every eagle nest they could find. Moreover, by law no trees may be cut within 330 feet of the marked ones.
Trees bearing eagle nests often are the most valuable in an area leased for cutting. Recognition that eagles have first claim on them is a full-fledged triumph.
Actor Cameron Mitchell bets horses on their beauty rather than past performance charts, and after what happened recently at Miami's Calder Race Course even wizened purists will find it hard to fault the system. Raemax and Magic Lil in the $10 perfecta brought Mitchell $1,104. He took a flyer on 12-to-1 Snugasabuginarug in the fifth, won that too, for $260.20, then cashed tickets on First of the Fare ($5.40) and I'm Adorable ($3.20) in the sixth and ninth races. In the final he used Victors Verse in the perfecta and trifecta, collecting $43.80 and $211.40 more.
But it was not a perfect day. In all the excitement Mitchell completely forgot another system he likes, betting his favorite number—four. Miami's Choice, No. 4 horse in the fourth, returned $75.60 for $2. Got any other systems, Mitch?
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