Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on February 2, 1972 · Page 9
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Dolliver Couple Find ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, WED., FEB. 2, 1972 Page 9 The Galapagos a Bird Lover's Paradise BY CAROL HIGGINS Daily News Staff "I was so afraid our pictures wouldn't come out," says Mrs. James Stillman, "and our friends would never believe us." Mr. and Mrs. Stillman of Dolliver have returned from a two- week trip, Dec. 1&-Jan. 3, to the Galapagos Islands. Their preplanned tour, took them by plane to Quito, Ecuador, and thentothe Galapagos. There they had reservations for a three-day boat trip to visit one group of islands and a four-day trip to another group. THEY LIVED on the boat, spending most of each day sightseeing onthe various islands. The incredible part of their experience, which has them still in a state of wonder, was the utter fearlessness of the animal life there. Looking at a globe, this cluster of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean is 650 miles off the coast of Ecuador and appears to be straight south of Iowa. Touching on the equator, the islands get the direct rays of the sun but also a breeze off the Humboldt current. "We got t»rown,'' says Mrs. Stillman,'' but never too hot." Inhabited by tropical birds, sea animals, giant tortoises, iguanas and lizards, the natives and tourists can walk or swim among them as il among domestic farm animals. To the Stillmans, it was like visiting a kind of Garden of Eden paradise. Tourists are forbidden to bother the animals or birds, or so much as pick up an egg or feed them. "Finches will come right up to you," says James Stillman, and he insists it is because "they have never been taught fear." His wife tells of visiting an island where the ground seemed covered with nesting birds. "They aren't scared and don't move," she says, "but they will squawk if you are about to put a foot down on them." BIRD LOVERS, the Stillmans describe seeing a web-foot seabird called the booby-both blue- footed booby and red-footed booby with red feet and red bill; the cormorant — a flightless fish- eating bird; the frigate which has a red pouch which he extends to attract a mate; and the tropic bird. The tropic bird was unusually beautiful, Mrs. Stillman said — white with a long tail, scarlet bill, and "when it flies it is like a jet going across the sky." Of the many finches, Stillman was most intrigued with a woodpecker finch which "breaks off a twig and uses it to poke into a hole to get a bug to come out." They were fortunate in seeing one albatross, although most of these had migrated. ON THE BEACHES they found hundreds and hundreds of sea lions>- sunning on the rocks or playing in the water. For each family of mother and young, there was always an old bull, watchful and ready to protect them. When the babies played in the water near shore, the old bulls would be swimming farther out in the bay, back and forth, watching for sharks. On the beach tourists could walk near the sea lions, but not too near. Stillman tells of taking movies of a mother and her young, when "someone started hollering a bull was coming toward me. I didn't wait to find out what he would do." Fur seals were swimming, diving and playing in one bay with people swimming among them, the Stillmans said. Iguanas, a dinosaur-like animal about five feet long, also ignored humans but would fight among themselves, Mrs. Stillman says. They didn't bite but would push each other's heads until one tired and moved off. Finches would sit on their backs and pick off vermin. The lizards seemed almost tame and would take a fly from a person's fingers. GIANT TORTOISES, an endangered specie, are increasing in population due to the efforts of the Darwin Research Station on the islands. In earlier times, sailing vessels would stop at the islands and gather the tortoises and stack them on ship to use for fresh meat. The tortoises thus stacked would remain alive without food or water for a year. Rats which came to the islands from the ships also helped destroy the tortoises by eating their eggs. Plant-life on the islands is mostly cacti, the Stillmans found. "The flowers are very, very tiny," Mrs. Stillman said, explaining the islands have very few insect and the flowers must be self-pollinating or pollinated by the winds. THE GALAPAGOS is no place for the vacationer who wants excitement and night life, according to the Stillmans. They laugh about visiting Post Office Bay, the islands' only place for mailing letters. Ships which pass, stop there to pick up letters going their way out of an odd-looking stack of boxes. No postage is used and there is no assurance when the message will reach its destination. The longest known time in transit was 14 months and the shortest was three months. The Stillmans mailed themselves a letter and are awaiting its arrival. The letter, their slides and a metal ashtray shaped like a tortoise which was presented them at the end of the tour will be their only souvenirs of the Galapagos. Skydiver Dies FROGMORE, S.C. (AP) - A skydiving accident killed Marine Sgt. Daryl Allen John of Burlington, Iowa, authorities here said Monday. John died Sunday when his parachutes malfunctioned. Stillmans Pinpoint The Galapagos in Relation to Iowa Graettinger Lists Honors «A' AVERAGE Seniors— Sheree Lammers. Juniors— Linda Lammers. Freshmen— David Reitz, Peg- .gy McQuown. Grade 8- Kathy Hoimpland (for, second nine weeks, Robert Mesenbrink). 'B' or BETTER Seniors—Maureen Dalen, Joe Ferrell, Lois Fries, Dennis Jacobson, Carole Knutson, Connie McQuown, Randy Tindall, Mary Kay Peterson, Ann Schealler (second nine weeks, Linda Oleson, Randy Tindall). Juniors—Dean Refsell, Kathy Schealler, Susan Stroud, Michelle Weber (second nine weeks, Debra Funk, Eileen Peton). Sophomores— John Anderson, Brenda Babcock, Heidi Funk, Amy Jensen, Maria Kulow, Tim Millea, Robert Peton, Carla Peterson, Roger Schmitt (second nine weeks, Jackie Dunn, Cathy Graettinger, Randy Nicol, Mary Rooney, Terry Wegener). Freshmen—Bill Brown, Ronald Hankey, Lowell Jacobson, Chris Peterson, Greg Peton, Aleta Poeppe, Dwight Schmitt (sec­ ond nine weeks, Duane Dalen, Connie Graettinger, Peggy McQuown). Grade* 8— Nancy Christiansen, Steven" Dawson, ©athei bast, Susan Jacobson, Joe Thoi son, Robert Mesenbrink, Kathy Stroud, Mary Westergard (second nine weeks, Kathy Hompland). Grade 7—James Graettinger, Laure Miller,. Vernon Reitz, Jerry Schealler, Shelly Blighton, Brian Bonstead, Marian Jensen, Kay Starkey, Rhonda Henderson. 'B' AVERAGE Seniors—Linda Oleson, Connie Tuininga (second nine weeks, Sue Frick, Sandra Mammen). 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