One of the purposes of the Outdoor Nature Club is to make
available for local lovers of the outdoors books, pamphlets and
other Information covering every phase of nature study, woodcraft,
camping and hiking, and wild life conservation. The club's
library has made a promising start, with several good books in
possession of the Custodian. Individual members have popular and
scientific works, and files of magazines en outdoor topics, which
any member is welcome to refer to, and the seeker after nature lore
in printed form will always find ready cooperation at the Houston
Here are listed some publications that will be of great help
to anyone desiring a better acquaintance with the flora and fauna
Check List of the Birds of Texas (Baylor Bulletin) by John
K. Strecker. Lists all birds recorded as occuring in Texas, and
the seasons in which they are to be found here.
Check List of the Reptiles and Amphibians of Texas (Baylor
Bulletin) by John K. Strecker. Lists all species found in Texas,I
and section of state in which found.
The Trees of Texas (University of Texas Bulletin), by Lewis.
An illustrated booklet valuable to,the beginner in tree study.
Five Hundred Wild FloWers of San Antonio and Vicinity, by
Ellen Shultz. Miss Shultz*s book is indlsponsible on a trip throug
the San Antonio region, and is helpful in almost any part of Texas.
The Malvaeeoua Plants of Texas.
A Key to the Families'and-Genera of the Wild Plants of Austin!
Seed Plants, Ferns and Fern Allies of the Austin Region.
The three last mentioned are University of Texas Bulletins',
which may be of considerable help in the identification of plants.
This list does not make any attempt at completeness, hut simply includes sources of information and guidance that are available to
every member of the Outdoor Nature Club.
Nearly everyone will recall one or more instances of high-
powered modern advertising campaigns carried on' by fire-arm and
munitions interests under the guise of "vermin" extermination campaigns. During the course of such events, the word vermin
becomes one of the most comprehensive and elastic in the language,
and exceeds charity in the capacity to cover a multitude of sins.
There are, of course, several species of creatures which, if
allowed to increase and multiply without interference, would soon
render the country unfit for habitation by mankind. '• These range
in si$e and character from the mosquito to the mountain lion. Every
year, hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent in combatting these
pests, the work being directed and carried on by scientists and
trained workmen (not by gun-p owder salesmen). This is one of the
activities that the United States Government carries on with a fair
degree of system and thoroughness, and for that reason, as well as
others, the words of Dr. Harry C. Oberholser, of the United States
Biological Survey, bear some w eight for everyone whose thinking
apparatus is In working order:
"The activities of civilized man,are usually inimical to the
large native wild mammals and birds, particularly the predatory
species. By the great reduction in numbers of such of these animal,
as prey on rodents, .the latter, relieved of their natural check, tend
to increase enormously. Thus by man's often unwise efforts to pro-1
tect himself from what at first sight might appear to be injury, he
sometimes brings upon himself much more serious damage; for such
birds as hawks, owls, and even crows have an important place in the
economy of nature, and to destroy them indiscriminately, as is sometimes practiced as well as preached, Is to exterminate the innocent
and guilty together, with potentially disastrous results. Really
obnoxious species, moreover, should be attacked only when and where
they are actually damaging man's interest, for even those are in
most Instances not wholly bad. Campaigns against them should be
conducted only under the strict supervision of State or Federal
authorities. ..».*.... Conservation, it is thus easily seen, Involves the repression of man's wild enemies, as well as the protection of his wild friends, but the weapon of destruction should
be very judicious ly wielded, and only after careful investigation
of the facts concerned and unbiased consideration of all the evidendej