PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
GOOD NEWS! GOOD NEWS! Our Chairman, David Dauphin has announced +ha+ Dow Chemical
USA, Texas Division, Freeport, will finance the publication costs of the 6th Edition
of "A Birder's Checklist of the Upper Texas Coast", up to $2,100.00. We, In the OG,
deeply appreciate Dow's generous offer. This company's awareness of and interest In
our environment is well known, and birds, birders, and birding have benefited for
many years from their interest. Nesting Black Skimmers on their famous "parking
lot" breeding grounds, birders enjoying the Dow Nature Trail, Freeport CBC'ers enjoying a welcome feast at the end of a long day, anyone enjoying the 5th Edition of our
Checklist (publication costs also sponsored by Dow), all are beneficiaries of Dow's
continuing envIronmen+aI and community interest. We are grateful.
NOW Is the time to put out our hummingbird feeders to accommodate our coming winter
visitors. An Anna's, a Black-chlnned, and Rufous have already been seen.
NOW Is the time to buy your Duck S+amp. Debbie DeKeyzer reminds us we can ge+ our
1979-80 s+amps a+ any P.O. The revenue goes towards acquisition and main
tenance of waterfowl areas. Besides waterfowl, many of the other birds
we enjoy....yellowthroat, marsh wrens, ratJs, northern harriers, etc.,
also enjcy areas this revenue provides.
Nov. 25 Deadline for SPOONBILL announcements, articles, etc.
Dec. 3 Deadline for Clearing House November observations.
Saturday HAS Beginner Birder field trip. Meet at 7:30 a. m. at small white church
Dec. I on Hwy 6 just north of 1-10. Please car pool.
Tuesday Brazosport Birders' regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Brazosport Center for
Dec. 4 the Arts and Sciences, on College Dr. in Clu+e.
Wednesday Pho+ography Group regular mee+ing, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor audl+orium,
Dec. 5 4141 So. Braeswood. Larry Haines, art1st and photographer, will conduct
a workshop on composition. Don't forget to bring a few slides of your own
Thursday OG regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium. This is a tradi-
Dec. 6 tional pre-Chrlstmas Count meeting, with discussion of Counts, and study
of problem birds which may be encountered.
Saturday Visitor's Day at Sanctuary. These Visitor's Days were set up a few years
Dec. 8 ago so that new members, or a car full of ladies, etc., would be sure of
company at the Sanctuary. Marian and Ed Taylor have hosted these Days fc
quite some time. Come join us for the day.
Tuesday ONC regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., at Garden Center in Hermann Park. The p-
Dec. II gram, "Color In Winter Woods", will be presented by Charles Peterson, of
the Vines Science Center In Spring Branch. Also ONC Life members will bt
COMING EVENTS AND PLACES TO GO CHRISTMAS COUNTS
The main purpose of a Chrls+mas Bird Count is to keep track of the birds....their
changing patterns of movement, their declines, their increases, etc. Counts of lot
standing can show, perhaps more than many "studies", just what Is meant by "environ
men+al impact". An annual inventory of bird species takes on a real importance by
showing which species have adapted to the changing environment, which species move
on to more favorable locale, and which species become newly established In the area
New birders, experienced birders, young birders and old birders....alI are needed a-
Count time. There is a real thrill in being one of fhe thousands of people who, at
some time during the Count period, will be out in the field, all over the country
and beyond. Join us!