Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, Ubby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXVIII, No. 10
Friday - Sunday, Nov. 3-5: Ornithology Group field
trip. There will be one OG field trip in November,
and it will be a weekend trip to Welder Wildlife
Refuge and other Central Coast spots. We will
arrive at Welder at 8:00 Friday if spending the night
camping in the Rotunda on the refuge. After an
early breakfast we will tour the refuge with Gene
Blacklock as leader. Those arriving from Houston
or spots off the refuge on Saturday morning should
be at the refuge gate by 7:30 a.m. to join the tour
group. Depending on the birding situation we may
also visit surrounding areas with Gene. The tour
will conclude in midafternoon on Saturday, and we
must pack up and be off the refuge by 4:30 p.m.
Saturday night and Sunday activities will be
individual choice. Camping facilities are available
at Lake Corpus Christi and on Mustang Island.
There are also numerous motels in the area. For
those seeking birds of tropical affinities the Lake
Corpus Christi area below the dam offers opportunities, while there is good shorebirding at Hans Suter
Park and elsewhere in the Corpus Christi area.
Gene has promised to brief the group on the best
spots ">nd directions to reach them.
We can expect to see such birds as Long-billed
Thrashers and Pyrrhuloxia and rarities are possible.
Reservations are a must, and if we don't sign up
at least 15 people the trip must be canceled. Call
John Buckman at (713) 359-4685 to reserve a spot
and for more information.
Friday, Nov. 3: Deadline for Clearing House reports
and for Spoonbill material.
Tuesday, Nov. 7: Ornithology Group meeting at 7:30
p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. The program will be on birds of Papua,
New Guinea, presented by Larry Shelton of the
Houston Zoo. NOVICE TIME will be at 7:00 p.m.
Bring field guides to participate.
Thursday, Nov. 9: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
the Houston Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. The program,
"Earth Observations From Space," will be presented
by Dr. Mary Cleave, Astronaut.
Monday, Nov. 13: Steering Committee meeting. Any
member wishing to attend is welcome. The time
is 7:30 p.m., the place as yet undecided. Call
Richard Uzar at 527-0454 to find out, or ask at the
Nov. 7 meeting.
VOTE AGAINST CHANNEL DREDGING NOV. 7
OG OUTING SEPT. 9 TO BRAZORIA NWR
by Judy Boyce
Is it possible to become blase about Wood
Storks after seeing over 160 mixed with hundreds
of spoonbills, egrets, herons and White Ibis, all rising
up and flying low over the coastal prairie and
marshes of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge?
One observer moaned over and over, "I should
have brought my video camera." Life is full of
regrets and 'should haves,' and if you missed the OG
outing on September 9, you shouldn't have!
Over 30 OG members showed up and they were
not disappointed. A bright hot day of deep blue
skies, brilliant cumulus and isolated dark rain showers
skipping around the horizon was the backdrop for
a great birding day: 71 species including Swallow-
tailed Kite (!), 5 least bittern, Horned Lark, Wilson's
Phalarope, Swainson's Hawk, Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers and one white Little Blue Heron.
A special "Thank You" goes to Tom Taroni and
Warren Preuss of Lake Jackson, who are now official
volunteers at Brazoria NWR, uniforms and all. They
announced that the refuge is open to the public the
first FULL weekend of each month; if the first of
the month is on Sunday, the refuge is open the
FOLLOWING weekend. A good time was had by all.
Thank you birds.