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Second Council Meet.........( )

[[underlined]] Mr. Birdseye [[/underlined]]: During the past week I have finished up my Bitterroot report, covering a little over 100 typewritten pages, and I may index it so as to make it easier to find the different subjects.  I have finished also my reports on the work we did in seed poisoning on the Cabinet National Forest this fall, which contains recommendations for the future poisoning of rodents.
     I have started to write a Bitterroot Bulletin and in hunting for illustrations I find it is very difficult to find photographs that have been taken.  If we had our photograph collection all in shape and card-indexed it would save many times the cost of the index.  The same is true of notes that are in the files of Mr. Bailey's Division.  There may be some notes in reports there that would be of great value in writing up the Bitterroot Valley Bulletin, but unless I spend a great deal of time in looking over these reports I cannot tell; but if they were indexed properly I could turn at once to whatever species I wanted.

[[underlined]] Dr. Fisher [[/underlined]]: You have had not trouble in looking up notes on economic work. 

[[underlined]] Mr. Birdseye [[/underlined]]: I mean mammal reports that have come in form field collectors.  I have to look through all the reports to find what I want.

[[underlined]] Mr. Lantz [[/underlined]]: Up to 1907 all the economic reports of mammals have been kept out.

[[underlined]] Mr. Kalmbach [[/underlined]]: I am working on the crow.  I was out at the roost again last Sunday and found the crows roosting in a new place.  Some interesting facts were noted.  Contrary to the generally accepted belief that crows find secluded places for these sites, I found that the edge of the woods in which they roosted was within 150 feet of the Chevy Chase car track and some of the birds were on the very edge of the woods.  Automobiles and cars were running past every few minutes without seeming to disturb the crows.  I stayed there until all the crows were in.  It was a bright moonlight night and I could see all that were coming, and was sure that all had arrived.  The flight that I witnessed out across Connecticut Avenue at this point.  Once in awhile the flight would be interrupted by the passage of a car and the birds would swing back and then fall in line again.  The first ones in made a big rumpus for some time, but as darkness fell they gradually became more silent.  Later in the evening, after sunset, I found individuals, or sometimes squads, suddenly
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