BRAZORIA REFUGE UPDATE: The Brazoria
National Wildlife Refuge will be open to the public as
always 7a.m. to 5p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the first
"full" weekend of each month from November through
May. In addition, the refuge will be open 7a.m. to Noon
on the third Saturday of each month from November
In November, the refuge will be open Saturday and
Sunday the 19th and 20th from 7a.m. to 5p.m. This is in
addition to the first "full" weekend opening.
As usual, the gate may be open occasionally on
weekdays, 8a.m. to 4p.m., when refuge crews are working
there. Check with the refuge office (409) 849-6062. \
Changes are starting to appear on the auto route.
Parking areas, passing zones, new trails, interpretive signs,
observation platforms and possible changes in the tour
route itself are underway or planned. New marked trails
are planned for San Bernard refuge as well. The Friends of
Brazoria will try to keep a supply of their new Auto Tour
Rouge Guide and updated bird checklist on hand at the
The Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges has
played a large role in initiating these changes. Al Clarke,
Friends of Brazoria and Brazosport Birders
SPOONBILL DEADLINE FOR NOVEMBER
HAS BEEN CHANGED: To avoid mailing The
Spoonbill during Thanksgiving week, I will need your
contributions no later than November 12.
possible; please give your suggestions to David Bradford
(855-2615). Also, Mary Pat Haddican (ONC
Membership) is resigning at the end of this year, and we
need a new person to take her place. Preferably, this will
be someone who will be available to train with Mary Pat
for a month or two, and will be able to give approximately
10 hours/month to this important job. Please give
suggestions to David Bradford.
Peggy Boston (528-0259) has a pile of yearbooks
for those who never received one and whose dues are
current. David Veselka told us about the youth field trips
and reminded us that a handout with the schedule is
available. Bob Schultz is still collecting aluminum for
recycling; please bring your aluminum to the meetings.
Bob Honig gave a short slide program on the May
1995 OG excursion to Trinidad which he and Maggie
Honig are coordinating. There are only a few spaces left,
so if you would like to go, please call Dottie Praus ASAP
(621-5481, at Meteor Travel). She is taking care of the
Page Williams circulated a petition against a
proposed golf course at Bastrop State Park. Also, Sandi
Hoover reminded everyone to write to Mayor Bob Lanier
about the trails in Memorial Park. Lanier has received
lots of letters from the bikers but not very many from those
who would like to give the trails a rest!
Steve Bennett introduced Pete Mclaughlin, who,
using his own photographs, presented a fine program on
the birds of Chilean Patagonia. Maggie Honig, Secretary
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Bring your
shovels, gloves and strong backs to Houston Audubon's
next scheduled Work Day at High Island's Boy Scout
Woods on December 3rd. The fun begins at 8a.m. and
lunch is provided.
. MINUTES OF OCTOBER 3RD OG MEETING:
For the learning Comer, Karen Beekman presented Part III
of her Fall Shorebirds discussion.
Chairman David Bradford opened the meeting and
asked for books (or buying suggestions) for the library. He
noted that Gail Luckner is moving to New Jersey, and
therefore cannot complete her term as Vice-Chairman. Bob
Luckner has agreed to assume the position. This change
was opened for discussion, and the motion for Bob's
approval was made and seconded. We will vote on this at
the November OG meeting.
David asked for suggestions for what to do with
the old computer. We would like to move it as soon as
. BEGINNING BIRDING CLASSES for the late
winter, spring and early summer 1995 will be conducted as
a joint venture by the Houston Audubon Society and Don
Richardson. Classes are limited to 12 participants. They
are learning field trips, packed with identificatioin,
technique, discussion about birding materials and lots of
personal experience to build confidence. The cost is $125
per person. There are four series (five classes each)
scheduled. Call Don Richardson for dates and to sign up.
Phone/Fax: (713) 661-1365.
BIRD THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY WITH
ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CENTER, January 10-
15, 1995. Join leaders George Regmund and Paula
Kennedy at Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary, Santa Ana
National Wildlife Refuge, Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park
and Falcon Dam State Recreation Area where some of the
finest bird watching in the U.S. can be enjoyed. Call (713)
474-2551 for more information.
The Spoonbill, October 1994