October 26 OG field trip to Anahuac Wildlife Refuge. Meet at 9.00 A.M. at the intersection
of SH 65 and SH 61 . Bring drinking water and lunch. Will look for the Masked
Duck, Fulvous Tree Duck, and maybe some rails. Leader will be Steve Williams.
November 10 Audubon Wildlife Film, presented by ONC and Audubon Society. Meet at 6:00
PM at Suzanne Cafeteria, 2912 South Shepherd. The film will be "Small World."
presented by wildlife photographer Fran William Hall of Northfield, Minnesota.
Mr. Hall brings to the screen some very unusual and fascinating sequences in the
daily lives of some of our smaller creatures, particularly insects.
Novembe' 15 Overnight field trip to Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary Saturday and Sunday,
November 15 & 16. Bring water, food, garbage bag, and camping equipment.
The Ornithology Group will have an exhibit in the new shelter. Contact Gladys
Galbreath, phone 523-5805, to volunteer help.
November 22 November field trip to Sheldon Reservoir, Meet Sat., Nov 22, at 8:00 A.M. on
Fauna Road at the south ramp of the reservoir. Bring picnic lunch. Leader will
be Alan Wenger.
December 27 Another reminder of the Christmas count, A big turnout is needed to insure a successful count, so try to plan to take part.
TRAVIS AUDUBON SOCIETY WILL VISIT UGC.
It was interesting to note in the October bulletin of the Travis Audubon Society of Austin that they
are planning a field trip to this area November 1 & 2. Sat., Nov. 1, they will start a trip through
the Anahuac Refuge at 8:00 A.M. The following day they will bird in the Galveston area.
STUDY OF FRANKLIN'S GULL
Another item of inte'est published in the Travis bulletin was a letter to Mr. Fred S. Webster, Jr.,
of Austin from Joanna Burger, Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
Minn 55455. She is a graduate student working on the ecology of the Franklin's Gull. In an
attempt to ascertain the migratory route of immatures, she color marked 300 of them (orang, blue,
black and purple) ar Agassiz National Refuge in northern Minnesota. The wing markers are li
inches in diameter and are supposedly very easy to see.
She needs to be informed of any sightings of these birds and would appreciate the help of anyone
who sees them , She needs date, color, location, flock composition (number of adults and immatures)
and any other pe'tinent information.
WATCH TOWER SUGGESTED
We received a letter f<om Carter H. Miller, Baytown, who has participated in some of the
"Baytown Birders" activities, and which might be of general interest to birders of this area. As
most of you may know there is an area near the Baytown-LaPorte Tunnel which is rich in water
bi'ds and is used as a rookery. However, viewing is rather difficult. Mr. Miller wrote to the
state highway department suggesting that a tower be erected near the tunnel for viewing the
rookery and the bay. The letter was referred fo J. R'. Singleton, Executive Director of the Parks
and Wildlife Department. Mr. Singleton's answer stated that the Department is presently not
financially in a position to consider the feasibility of the project, but that the suggestion will be
filed for later consideration as a possible future outdoor recreation project. We think this is a
suggestion that bird groups might work toward in the future.
BANDING OF MOTTLED DUCKS
Just before news deadline we received the latest issue of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department News, and it included some very interesting information on banding of mottled ducks.
With a helicopter and three tender-mouthed Labrador retrievers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists this year banded a record number of mottled ducks.