Other Names for th© American
Bitterns Stake Driver, Thunder
Pumper, Butterbump, Mire Drum,
Bog Bull, Indian Hen, Marsh
VOLUME XX, Ne.
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP. OUTDOOR NATDRE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
MINUTES. REGULAR MEETING. ORNITHOLOGY GROUP. June 6( 1971. GLADYS GALBREATH'S
by Louise Rogers
Sarah Gordon, Chairman, called the meeting te order a- 3:00 P.M.
The minutes of the April 1, 1971i meeting wore approved as read.
Treasurer Melba Drake read the Report fior March 31-May 31, 1971. Receipts $192.12,
disbursements $127,41, balance $187,51. Receipts for th©fiscal year $806.9P, disbursements $645.09, balance $l6l,89. To date the sale af glass has brought in
$6.25 and aluminum $50.72, Enough of th© Gwen Frestic stationery has been sold to
reimburse Sarah for her outlay ef $32.50 and realize a profit of $6.50, with seme
yet to be sold.
Following the introduction ef eur new Program Chairman, Margaret Jones, Miss Gordon
added that all the ether Chairmen had agreed to se4»ve another year, Sarah would like
to hear from the members if they have any suggestions fer programs or field trips.
Pat Sullivan, Librarian, announced that Ralph Hunter has given us a map of Padre
Island, Marilyn Crane has presented us with a number of duplicate slides of birds,
and the b~«Vs donated to the Greup will be listed in THE SPOONBILL.
A letted from Texas Wildlife, an affiliate of World Wildlife Fund, was read.
This organization, which has completed the purchase of the Prairie Chicked Lands near
Eagle Lake, is new trying te pay eff an indebtedness of $100,000 for tho purchase ef
1,439 acres of Texas brushland along tho Rio Grand©, primarily t© preserve the nesting sites of the White-Winged Dove. Gladys Galbreath meved that individuals desiring
to make a contribution de so by turning in their checks te Sarah Gordon, who will forward them, and that the Greup donate later if it is advisable. Ketion was seconded by
Margaret Jones. Motion carried,
Melba Drake reported on a request from the Texas Chapter of tho Nature Conservancy
for help in paying off the $2300 balance ow©d on the 8-acre beg in the Big Thicket,
which Armand Yramategui willed te them. She moved that in memory ef Armand tho Ornithology Group give the sum of $10,00 toward the purchase of this property, which is new
known as the Rood-Hooks Beg. Motion was seconded by Louise Rogers. Motion carried.
Melba cited an article in the POST by Harold Scarlett stating that Aldrin has been
ruled the killer ef Goose, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, and tho Fulvous Tree Ducks,
Attention was called to the May issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, which
features a picture of a Road Runn©r by John Tveten. John reported that there is a
pair ©f nesting parrot er parakeet-type birds at NASA, The nest, like a gigantic
Cactus Wren nest, was found in a palm tree at Swan Lagoon. Several other people reported sightings of similar birds in Galveston and Houston.
A new book by Jim Lane is now available, entitled "Birds of the Rio Grande," that cover-
the area from Brownsville to Big Bend.
Gladys Galbreath was given a big hand fer making available such a delightful meeting