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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989 - Image 9. November 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1045/show/1043.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 11, November 1989
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1989
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript THE CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE It's the end of another year, and along with the many trappings of this holiday season many of us are thinking about Christmas Bird Counts. Of course I want everyone of our OG members to participate in the oldest, and one of the best of counts along the Uppper Texas Coast. Coincidentally this happens to be our very own, OG sponsored Houston Count. (Please see Coming Events for additional information.) Another of my favorites is the Attwater National Wildlife Refuge Count. This count, begun in 1977, ranks as one of the best inland counts in the country, with a species tally in the 160 range. With many a plus for birding in East Colorado County there is the gnawing problem of the steadily declining Attwater's Prairie-Chicken. As an example: Year of count Refuge population total CBC total 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 206 204 222 156 90 106 111 53 17 9 The problem this species has is not unlike that of the Spotted Owl in the Northwest. The disappearance of specific habitats is the reason for the decline and near extinction of this native grouse. The rationale in the Pacific Northwest is the shameful plundering of old growth forests, accompanied by the roar of chainsaws. Here in Texas it has been the relentless expansion of rice farming and ranching. Not so noisy perhaps, but no less devastating to the once vast expanses of long grass prairie. No prairie habitat = no prairie-chickens. We are the watchmen (and women) on the wall! Will we see the extinction of this bird in our turn at the watch? Many feel that it is already too late, that the prairie-chicken is unalterably doomed. I am not willing to concede just yet! Attwater's Refuge Manager, Mr. Steve LaBuda has, at my request, agreed to give us a brief update on the precipitous decline of this seriously endangered species at our December meeting. Please bring your thinking cap and we'll consider this conundrum. Richard Uzar, Chairman BROWN PELICAN GOOD NEWS - BAD NEWS from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Hews Release On January 7, 1988 the OG meeting program was presented by Mike Lang, biologist for the Brazoria/San Bernard/Big Boggy NWR complex. He explained and showed slides to illustrate the experimental program of placing young Brown Pelicans in suitable habitat at San Bernard NWR which had taken place in 1987. The purpose was to establish a new breeding population in addition to the one at Pelican Island in Corpus Christi Bay in case that colony should ever be affected by disease or other disaster. It was hoped that these pelicans would return and breed when mature. The good news is that 14 pairs did nest at San Bernard NWR in the spring of 1989, but the tropical storm on June 23 drowned the young that had been produced. Nevertheless the fact that nesting pairs returned to the refuge is encouraging, and we may hope for better luck in 1990. OCTl l«f FIELD TRIP TO BRAZOS BEND SP by David Bradford The October 14 ONC/OG field trip to Brazos Bend State Park had twenty-four participants and sighted over sixty species of birds. Camera buffs enjoyed close up shots of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and White Ibis. Others enjoyed adding Wood Duck and Vermilion Flycatcher to their life lists. As usual Red-shouldered Hawks were seen hunting in early morning light while Anhingas sat quietly on perches drying their wings. After lunch a few hardy souls continued birding and were treated to seven duck species off Davis Estates Road. SPOONBILL EDITOR WILL RESIGN IN MAY Due to an increasing work load I will resign in May, 1990. This advance notice, will, I hope provide time for an orderly transition to a new Spoonbill staff. I urge anyone who has good ideas "for future Spoonbills to consider volunteering. It is a rewarding job. Not only do you learn a great deal, but you become better acquainted with a lot of very nice people in the OG. Connie Clark, who has pasted up the copy by hand, and I both feel that it is time to take advantage of modern technology and compose The Spoon - bill on computer. If editing and publishing seem like too big a job, it would be a good idea to separate the two. One person could edit, type up "Coming Events," write and solicit articles, while another person could do the actual publishing with the new computer programs available. The Clearing House is already on computer. So let's hear from some of you with good ideas, and from computer buffs who have grown up with modern technology. As one who wouldn't know a byte if it bit her I will pass the torch to you. Libby Price, Editor REPORT GEESE WITH NECKBANDS Birders are asked to help those researching the movements of geese in Southeast Texas by reporting geese seen with neckbands. The neckbands are green and white with the first number or letter vertical and the second two horizontal. Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Brazoria NWR Complex, P.O. Box 1088, Angleton, Texas 77516-1088, or call (409) 849-7771, and tell date, time and location of sighting, as well as the code you read on neckband. FOR OG information, checklists, maps, contact Maxine Davis, 10602 Cedarhurst, Houston 77096, 723-8559. SEND bird sightings for Clearing House to: Clearing House (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston TX 77277. TEXAS RARE Bird Alert Tape, sponsored by Piney Woods Wildlife Society and Houston Audubon Society: (713) 821-2846. FOR LOCAL nature societies' meetings and field trips call the Audubon Society's "Voice of the Naturalist" tape: 932-1392. SEND material for Spoonbill to Editor, Libby Price, 3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159. SEND dues, subscriptions and address changes to Jerry Patrick, 814 St. Francis, Houston 77079. Members' annual dues: $15 (ONC $5, OG $10). Spoonbill subscriptions for non-members: $13.