Volume XXVIII, No. 12 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
pTJBTl'SWD~BT"ttiE~pRNITHOLOOTGROUP" 0F~THE QTjTdOOR""NAfURE CLUB," HOUSTON,"TEXAS "
WE HAVE LOST A VALUED MEMBER +>:iC<
Mr. Alvah C. Learned died last week. For those of you who did not know Mr. Learned
he was a longtime friend and member of the OG and the ONC. He was the strongest
voice of conservation in the Freeport area. He was Dow Chemical Company's corporate reprasen+a+ive +o the Na+Ional Audubon Socie+y. He worked very hard to secure
the we+lands in +he recently acquired National Wildlife Refuges on the UTC. He was
primarily responsible for the OG obtaining financing for its last two checklists.
He aided, immeasurably, to the Houston Audubon Society's Freeport Christmas Count.
He was instrumental in Dow's opening its Lake Jackson Nature Trail. He was a rancher, an industrialist, a hunter, and a devout conservationist. Perhaps his greatest
gift to us was his continuing expression of the need for all four of those Interests
to work closely together in order to protect the natural resources and wildlife of
Texas. We will miss Mr. Learned, and we express sincere condolences to his family,
to Kay Lewis (his sister-in-law) and to all his friends.
Wednesday Bird Research Group (re-named, re-dedicated and re-grouped as the Bird
April 16 Education, Environmental and Research Group) will have Its mooting at
Edith Moore Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. Details on page 2.
Weekend Spring Open House at Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary will also be Youth
April 19 Days with many activities planned for young ONC members and guests. If
and 20 you can camp Saturday night, you can join the youngsters on King's Hill
for a star-gazing session. Come enjoy your Sanctuary, the genial,
friendly companionship you will find there, and support the Bake and
Plant Sale (donate and/or buy, all proceeds go to youth activities).
Friday SPOONBILL deadline for articles, announcements, etc. We welcome Learn-
ApriI 25 ing Corner items, birding anecdotes, especially bird behavior, etc
you write it, we'll print it!
Saturday "Spring Round-up". Form your own party (3-4 people is Ideal) and bird
April 26 the coast at places of your choice. Object is to find as many birds as
possible. We will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Pizza Hut at 61st and Stewart
Road in Galveston that night to compare observations. Those who can't
make the dinner send your sightings to Jim Morgan. (Be sure to send a
copy of your party list, with numbers, to the Clearing House.
Saturday 0G field trip for ONC members as well. Silsbee and Sabine Pass to High
May 3 Island. Led by Ted Eubanks, Jr. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Ramada Inn Coffee
Shop in Beaumont, I — 10 and IIth Street exit. Plan on about 2 hours for
the trip to Beaumont (approximately 90 miles). This will be a long day,
bring lunch, snacks, drink, and insect repellent. Will try for Bachman's
Sparrow and other pineywoods birds, than coastal migrants.
May 3 Deadline for Clearing House April observations. Send early, If possible.
Wednesday Photography Group meeting, 7:30 p.m.. Bayou Manor auditorium, 4141 So.
May 7 Braeswood. This meeting will be devoted to a workshop on "How to Produce a Slide Show". Putting slides together effectively and giving
appropriate commentary makes the difference between just showing some
slides and giving a sifde show. Here's an opportunity to learn how.
Visitors are welcome.