(409) 265-4764. To get directions to the boat, call Captain
Elliot'* Party Boat at (409) 233-1811 or from Houston 225-
3497. David Bradford, 855-2615.
Monday, February 1: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP
MEETING. 7:30 P.M. Harris County Bayland Community
Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife -superintendent and
photographer Kelly Bryan will present a program about the
birds of Davis Mountains State Park. Learning Corner at
Saturday, February 6: OG FIELD TRIP TO SAN
BERNARD AND BRAZORIA NATIONAL WILDLIFE
REFUGES. We will visit two very "bird/ refuges on the
Upper Texas Coast. Birds expected include ducks, geese,
Sandhill Cranes, raptors and sparrows. We hope to -see
LeConte'-s and Grasshopper Sparrow. Local guides will
show us their favorite spots within the two refuges. Meet
our first leader; Warren Pruess, at the headquarters of San
Bernard NWR at 7:45 A.M. After an active morning in this
refuge we will meet our-second leader, Tom Morris, at 1:30
P.M. at the Brazoria NWR headquarters to finish out our
day of birding. You may join us for one or both refuges.
To reach San Bernard NWR, take Hwy. 288 -south through
Angleton to Lake Jackson. Turn right on FM 2004. Follow
FM 2004 for about ten miles, crossing the Brazos and San
Bernard Rivers, to the refuge -sign. Follow the -sign left for
about one mile, to the next refuge-sign, At the second* refuge
-sign go right onto the dirt road that leads to the refuge
headquarters. Allow 1.5 hours drive time from Houston.
Bring insect repellent.
Saturday, February 20: OG FIELD TRIP TO TEXAS
CITY DIKE AND GALVESTON ISLAND. At the dike we
expect to find wintering loons and ducks. In the past we
have found Pacific Loon and Common Goldeneye at Texas
City Dike. Galveston Island is always exciting this time of
year. Meet our leader, Arch Dillard, at Texas City Dike at
7:30 A.M. To reach the dike take the Gulf Freeway (1-45
south) to the College of the Mainland/Texas City exit, FM
1764. Follow FM 1764 east (which becomes the Palmer
Highway, which then becomes 9th Avenue) all the way
through Texas City until it ends near the water front Turn
right at the T" intersection and then turn right at the first
traffic light- Turn left onto the dike road. On the left is a
parking lot where we will meet. Call David Bradford at 855-
2615 with any questions.
.AN INFORMATION HOTLINE FOR SOUTHERN
BRAZORIA COUNTY includes information for birders.
Through the auspices of the Brazoria National Wildlife
Refuge Complex, refuge and birding reports are available by
calling (409) 297-3447, extension 242. Extension 515 is also
available for "exotic" or unusual birds. If no unusual birds
are reported in the area, there will be nothing on this tape.
COLORADO FIELD TRIP, JUNE 4-13, 1993: The
time is here to reserve rooms in Estes Park, the gateway city
to Rocky Mountain National Park. If you are interested in
participating, please call David Bradford to make
arrangements. The basic itinerary is to fly to Denver, rent
a van and spend three nights in Fort Collins exploring
various parks and Pawnee National Grasslands. Three nights
will be in Estes Park, and the next two or three nights will
be spent in Denver birding the foothills and mountains of
the area. Birds of particular interest include White-tailed
Ptarmigan, Williamson's Sapsucker, Lewis and Three-toed
Woodpecker, Mountain Plover, Sage Thrasher, Brewer's
Sparrow, Chestnut-collared and McCown's Longspur, Pine
Grosbeak, Rosy Finch, Cassin's Finch and many more.
Please call ASAP so the correct number of rooms can be
reserved. David Bradford, 855-2615.
_..._NEW WATERFOWL PROJECT, WOLFWEED
RESERVOIR PROJECT, DEDICATED AT SAN
BERNARD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. The
United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently
announced a partnership project at its San Bernard National
Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) near the mouth of the San
Bernard River. Teaming up with FWS to support the
waterfowl project are Phillips Petroleum Company, Ducks
Unlimited and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Named after a low-value plant that covers much of the area,
the Wolfweed Reservoir Project will provide the Refuge with
much-needed water during waterfowl migration seasons.
The planned 374-acre reservoir will provide moist
soil areas rich in waterfowl foods, eliminate areas of dense,
undesirable wolfweed, provide resting and feeding habitat for
a wide variety of migratory birds, provide freshwater inflows
to the brackish marshes damaged by saltwater intrusion and
enhance other conditions for wildlife using the Refuge. It is
estimated that the Wolfweed Reservoir Project will be
complete in the fall of 1993. FWS News Release, November
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JPLEASE WELCOME NEW OG MEMBERS: Vaughn
Hamilton of Wharton, Tina V. Fanning, Patricia L. Ireland
and Nancy S. Callery of Houston, Pat Foreman of Baytown
and Mark Elwonger of Victoria.
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