their attempt is successful, we wiI I use the permit to mail THE SPOONBILL at a considerable savings over the first class rate.
Gladys Galbreath, who is in charge of ONC's January Field Trip to Matagorda Island,
asked that anyone who had not already advised her of plans to be present to do so now,
since transportation across the Colorado River was limited. She also gave other details about places to stay overnight.
In anticipation of the Christmas Bird Count, Marilyn Crane showed a number of slides
of the sparrows we may see at that time and emphasized the aids to identification.
She included several slides of non-sparrows who resemble them and may be easily confused with them. Marilyn also described the habitat where each species of sparrow
might be found.
Jim Beaty read a newspaper clipping saying that 48 adults and 8 juvenile Whooping
Cranes have been recorded at Aransas this year - the highest number yet.
According to Margaret Anderson, a male Anna's
east Houston. It Is still singing, she says.
Hummingbird may still be seen in south-
Pat Sullivan reported 75 people were present at the meeting, including 15 very welcome guests, who were invited by the Chairman to meet with us again.
Speaking on behalf of the Nominating Committee composed of herself, Sarah Gordon and
Melba Drake, Marilyn Crane submitted the following slate for consideration for the
1976-77 year: Chairman - Jack Gillette; Vice Chairman - Pat Sullivan; Treasurer -
Mary Gillette; Secretary - Suzi Campbell. There being no nominations from the floor,
motion was made, seconded and carried that the foregoing slate be accepted as submitted by the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.
Interested birders were reminded to contact Paul Nimmons about the trip to California
and the Northwest Coast August 13 through 26. Twenty have already signed up' and
there is room for 19 more. '■"„■ ','■
Those interested in Bill Mealy's birding trip to Northeast Mexico
advised to get in touch with him.
n February were
Harry Brister has the details of a 22-day trip *o the Big Bend, cost - $375, January
2 through January 23, and sponsored by Dr. A.J. Link and the other members of the
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute. Dr. Link was the speaker at tho September Outdoor Nature Club meeting.
John Tveten gave the program, a travelogue of his late summer and early fall trip
through the scenic areas of much of Arizona, Utah and Colorado. He showed color
slides of the well-known Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and
Mesa Verde National Parks, together with not so well known places such as Cedar Break1,
Dinosaur National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Meteor Crater, the Painted Desert,
and Walnut Canyon. John recommends all of these areas as "superb places to see birds
and animals," particularly in early fall. ' '
Following John's presentation, Harry Brister sounded out the group about their possible interest In expanding the yearly number of meetings. He suggested the possibility
of five business meeting, three educational meetings, and the June picnic (traditional ly held in May). The idea was well received. Marilyn Crane has agreed to coordinate the educational meetings, which may possibly be held at the Houston Lighting &
Power faciIities on the West Loop.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.
Respectfully submetted, Louise Rogers.
CHRISTMAS COUNT FEES
There will be a participation fee of $1 for every count participant, including feeder
watchers. This fee is not optional. All observers taking part in a count must be
accounted for, their fees paid, and their names listed on participant sheets. The
fees are essential to the continuation of the Count, with its costly organizing, mailings, editing, and giant (488pg.) publication. This year there will be no extra fee
for non-subscribers to American Birds, and no copies of the Christmas Bird Count issue
of American Birds will be sent automatically to non-subscribers/participants, as previously. However, present non-subscribers may order a copy of this issue, at the reduced rate of $3.50 (regular price $4.50), per copy, by making payment to the compiler
or count treasurer with the CBC participation fee (total of $4.50).