VOLUME 42, No. 3
Published by The Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston
Monday, April 5: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING.
Please note our new meeting time, 7:00 pjn., at Bayland
Community Park located on the north side of Bksonnet just
west of Hillcroft. OG member, Winnie Burkett, will present
a program on how birds use islands. In thk program, we will
explore islands in three different parts of the country to
learn why they are important to birds and interesting to
birders. Winnie grew up in Florida where she began birding
at an early age. She lived in the northeast for many years
where she was in charge of a banding station associated with
the University of Connecticut and was an officer and board
member of the Connecticut Ornithological Society. She k
currently membership coordinator for the OG and compiles
the Attwater Prairie-chicken NWR Christmas Bird Count.
She ako does censusing at Bolivar Flats and Attwater
Prairie-chicken NWR in addition to leading field trips for
various local bird clubs. Learning Corner will begin at a
new time beginning thk month, 6:30 pjn. Karen Beekman
will talk on "Bird Topography: Feather Facts." Bring a field
guide with a diagram that shows the parts of a bird.
Saturday, April 17: OG FIELD TRIP TO HIGH ISLAND.
On thk trip, during the height of spring migration along the
Upper Texas Coast, we should see lots of shorebirds and
passerines. Meet our leader, John Bregar, at roadside picnic
area north of High Island (west side of State Highway 124).
John plans to bird High Island and surrounding area and
possibly Anahuac NWR later. Bring a sack lunch and bug
spray. Questions? Call John Bregar...360-7769.
Wednesday, April 21: OG WEEKDAY FIELD TRIP TO
HIGH ISLAND for migrating passerines. Scheduled near the
peak of migration, we'll search both Boy Scout Woods and
Smith Oaks for warblers, buntings, thrushes, et al! Meet
Gail Luckner and Winnie Burkett at 8:30 a.m. at Boy Scout
(Audubon) Woods near the restrooms. Bring insect
repellent! Questions? Call Gail...328-6236.
Monday, May 3: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING.
7:00 p.m. Harris County Bayland Community Park. OG
member, Marilyn Crane, will present a program about the
birds of Australia where she traveled extensively last year.
Born and raked in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marilyn, a
retired geologkt, has been an OG member since 1968 and
served a two-year term as chairperson in the 1970's. She k
actively involved in censusing at Attwater Prairie-chicken
NWR and other area parks and participates in several
Christmas counts each year. Remember our new starting
times: Learning Corner at 6:30 pjn. with the meeting
following at 7:00 pan.
Saturday, May 15: OG FIELD TRIP TO EAST TEXAS to
view Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch,
Bachman's Sparrow, Prairie Warbler and other avian
inhabitants of the Piney Woods. Meet our leader at White
Memorial Park at 6:00 a.m. To reach White Memorial park
take J-10 east from Houston. Turn right at Hankamer Road
exit, State Highway 62. The entrance to White Memorial
Park k on the west side of 61 just south of I-10.
Wednesday, May 19: OG WEEKDAY FIELD TRIP TO
GALVESTON ISLAND. We'll be covering several areas of
the island for shorebirds and passerines and expect to see
both migrants and summer residents. Thk as a great trip
last year! Meet Gail Luckner and Winnie Burkett at 8:00
a.m. where Seawall Blvd. ends at the extreme east end of
Galveston Island. Bring insect repellent and scopes and plan
to bird until early afternoon. Call Gail for more
Saturday, June 5: OG FIELD TRIP AND 4th ANNUAL
POTLUCK PICNIC AT BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK.
Meet the oldtimers and newcomers at our 4th Annual OG
End-of-the-Year Potluck Picnic Meet at the park
headquarters at 7:30 a.m. for a half day of enjoying some of