A naturalist in the Bahamas: John I. Northrop, October 12 1861 - June 25, 1891

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The Columbia university press, 1910 - Nature - 281 pages
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Page 209 - Wading birds, which frequent the muddy edges of ponds, if suddenly flushed, would be the most likely to have muddy feet. ' Birds of this order wander more than those of any other; and they are occasionally found on the most remote and barren islands of the open ocean; they would not be likely to alight on the surface of the sea, so that any dirt on their feet would not be washed off; and when gaining the land, they would be sure to fly to their natural fresh-water haunts. I do not believe...
Page 223 - Dr. Henry Perrine, responded to this call -with energy and enthusiasm, and soon introduced into Congress " a bill to encourage the introduction and promote the cultivation of tropical plants in Florida, and conveying to Dr. Perrine and his associates a township of land, on. condition that every section should be forfeited if at least one fourth thereof should not be occupied and successfully cultivated in tropical or other plants within five years.
Page 209 - I took in February three table-spoonfuls of mud from three different points, beneath water, on the edge of a little pond : this mud when dried weighed only 6| ounces ; I kept it covered up in my study for six months, pulling up and counting each plant as it grew ; the plants were of many kinds, and were altogether 537 in number ; and yet the viscid mud was all contained in a breakfast cup...
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Page 209 - ... kinds and were altogether 537 in number, and yet the viscid mud was all contained in a breakfast cup ! Considering these facts, I think it would be an inexplicable circumstance if water birds did not transport the seeds of fresh-water plants to unstocked ponds and streams situated at very distant points.
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