Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas Libby Price & Ellen Red, Co-editors
VOLUME XVI, NO. 3
March 31, 1987: "The Birds of Africa" will be the
subject of a talk by Michael John Allen, a
renowned ornithologist at the University of
Cambridge. Sponsors are HAS and Museum
of Natural Science where the talk will be at
7:30 PM. Besides West and Southern Africa,
the speaker has led expeditions to France,
| Spain, Morocco, Swedish Lapland, Foula, Tur
key and Romania.
Thursday, Apr. 2: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood at 7:30 PM.
Wild life photographer Werner Stebner will
present the program.
Friday. Apr. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill and Clearing
Tuesday, Apr. 14: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
Sutton Elementary School Library, 7402 Alba-
core.(See Nature Notes map.) The program
will be "Backpacking and Adventure Travel"
presented by Nancy Landau.
Saturday, Apr. 18: Ornithology Group field trip to
the Big Thicket and High Island, led by Art
MacKinnon and Derek Muschalek. Meet at
7:00 AM at the Brookshire Brothers' parking
lot in Silsbee. From Houston take I-10 East,
exit at Beaumont and take Hwy 69-96-287
North. Continue straight on Hwy 96 after
the 69-287 fork until Hwy 96 becomes Hwy
92 in Silsbee. In Silsbee go to the last light
on Hwy 92, about 2 miles north of Hwy 327.
The Brookshire Brothers' parking lot is on
the left side across the street from "Pine
Plaza" mall.. In the Big Thicket we will see
nesting Prairie Warbler, Bachman's Sparrow
and possibly Red-cockaded Woodpecker. At
High Island we should see migrating Golden-
winged, Blackburnian and Cerulean Warblers.
For more information call Derek Muschalek
PIPING PLOVER BANDING PROJECT
by Ted L. Eubanks, Jr.
The Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) has
recently been listed by the Interior Department as
an endangered species in its breeding range, and
a threatened species within its wintering range. One
of the reasons for the discrepancy between classifications in ranges is a lack of data concerning the
species where it winters. In order to gain more
information on the wintering ecology of the species
in Texas (a major wintering area), I have begun
color-marking a limited sample of Piping Plovers
at both Bolivar Flats and San Luis Pass.
These Piping Plovers will be marked with a
combination of colored flags and bands. This sequence of colors allows me to track each bird individually. In order to gain as much information as
possible for each marked plover, I am asking for
the assistance of the Ornithology Group.
If you should sight one of these marked plovers, please record the following information: date,
location, time of day, • tide, total number of Piping
Plovers present, and sequence of colors. (Please
make a note of positions of flags and bands.)
Each bird will have two green flags on the
left leg (one above and one below the metatarsal
joint), and two color bands of varying colors below
the joint but above the lower flag. On the right
leg there will be a metal Fish and Wildlife Service
band above the joint, and two color bands of varying colors below. Note: the Piping Plover Recovery
Team is banding plovers on the breeding grounds,
and their color sequence is different from the
above (the flags differ). I have observed six of
their birds on Bolivar Flats, so pay close attention
to the colors and their sequence. Please forward
the information from your sightings to me at 1000
South Loop West, #120, Houston TX 77054, 713-666
7639 (h) or 713-747-0101 (w).