THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OP HOUSTON, TEXAS
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB
OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
National Association of Audubon Societies
Associated Outdoor Clubs of America
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OFFICERS
R. A. SELLE — President
C. H. KIEFNER. First Vice-President
DR. A. J. JAMES.....—™...Second Vice-President
J. M. HEISER, JR Corresponding Secretary
MRS. ADELE HARRISON.-Recording Secretary
MRS. EDNA MINER Treasurer
MRS. LOUISE KAISER Custodian
ROBERT VINES Auditor
MISS MABEL CASSELL Parliamentarian
L. H. DAINGERFIELD..Honorary Vice-President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alston Clapp, Sr. Rex D. Frazier
Bud A. Randolph Dr. Kenneth Hartley
J. "W. Stiles Arthur Lefevre, Jr.
Anyone interested in the objects of the Club
may become ' a member upon presentation of
signed application card, endorsed by two members
and accompanied by membership fee for the current calendar year.
Annual Member $ 1.00
Associate Member 5.00
Life Member 50.00
Correspondence regarding this bulletin may be
J. M. HEISER, JR.
1724 Kipling Street Houston, Texas
Regular meetings of the Club are held on the
first and third Thursdays of the month at 8 p.m.
The first meeting is principally for business,
committee reports and talking over plans, but
there is usually a display of specimens, photographs and informal discussions of nature topics;
sometimes these meetings are held at the homes
of members. The open meeting, third Thursday,
is held in the Public Library, and it is the occasion for an educational lecture, an exhibition of
nature films, or some other formal feature intended to interest the general public.
General Club outings are open to all members
and to visitors who are willing to follow the few
simple rules observed by all similar clubs. Arrangements depend upon such factors as available transportation, seasonal attractions at accessible points, and the wishes of Club members
as developed at meetings. Special field trips are
planned by groups engaged in research and conservation work, and the results of these expeditions are noted in the Club's records and given
OBJECTS OF THE CLUB
To make stronger the bond of friendly understanding that exists among all lovers of Nature.
To study our local flora and fauna and work
for the preservation of all useful and interesting
To co-operate with other societies throughout
the land in the work of conservation and observation.
lo encourage Nature study, tree planting, and
appreciation and protection of wild life among
children and adults.
To encourage hiking and interest in the outdoors as a source of health and inspiration.
Outing and Publicity
J. M. Heiser, Jr.; H-8654
Conservation....Alston Clapp, Sr.; H-3912
Art Miss Tillie Schmidt; H-6915
Program Miss M. Fitzgerald; L-5929
Membership-.Miss Erna Giesecke; V-21188
Notification..Mrs. Ada S. Reeves; W-3535
Parliamentarian Miss Mabel Cassell
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amidst and flirting with far-away forest
This world of ours would be a dreary
place indeed without flowers.
They are bits of the stars that shine
on earth and bring us a little closer to
heaven. To cultivate them should be a
joy forever; to live with them is to walk
with fairies and angels. Some poet has
said they are God's thoughts of beauty
taking form to gladden mortal's gaze.
Some of the so-called commonest flowers have been in cultivation as far back
as man can trace—notably the rose and
Give me the lowly daisy, the common
pink, the morning glory that twines on
the poor man's cottage; the wild honeysuckle that sheds its fragrance for all to
enjoy; the sunflower that rises to glowing heights amidst trash piles; the wood
violet which we trample under our feet;
those snow-white clusters of our Southland called dogwood blossoms, the wild
plum, creeping Charlies, sweet bluebells
and the little desert lilies.
Soon all nature will be a riot of color
around Houston. The earth will be carpeted with green; the trees will be budding and nodding with joy; birds will be
singing joyous carols of praise; butterflies just out of the chrysalis stage will
be flying amidst the flowers and shrubs,
adding tints of every hue. Tangled moss
on treetops will seem to come to life.
Diamond dewdrops will mingle with the
golden tints of the morning sun; pearls
will burst frorn little emerald buds;
silvery sprays will twine the forest. A
carpet of glowing beauty will be at your
feet, and flaky, fleecy, foamy clouds will
float above you—for spring will soon be
with us. The miracle of the reborn world
of nature is nearing.
The ordinary mortal cannot explain a
flower. To analyze what causes their
beauty is like trying to dissect music.
I love both. I care not what causes them
to lift me upward. Too much explaining
and probing is often more harmful than
helpful. Enjoy the things of this earth
that are beautiful and sacred, and ask
not why. Be thankful that you have
them. Leave it to the scientists to explain the color and the petals of a rose.
—The Houston Press, 1929.
The gracious, adaptable and fast-
growing sycamore is too American to be
kept out of any plan for planting trees.
I Dine With
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then whirled, and the goats went up the
side of the wall; but Mr. Skunk did not
even look in their direction; he continued
down to the edge of the water, where
two more goats were standing. But they
moved away, and the arrogant black rascal was rather deliberate in getting a
"Yes," says M. E. Tracy, "I know men
like that. Skunk-men, with a bent for
a nuisance threat; they demand the roads
and highways; they are the first at the
"And the clattering surge of blackbirds
rolls through the trees like a gale."
Among the first obvious signs of spring,
the swarming of the blackbirds takes
first place. Before the arrival of the
smaller birds, the raucous charivari of^
these comedians breaks out like a car-"
nival of feathered frivolity. To the bird
world this boisterous frolic must in some
way compare to the commotion caused
by an organ grinder and his red-vested
monkey in a populous section of the city.
There may be arguments, prolonged
and animated, as to when the bluebirds
or the robins arrive, and there is some
justification for the argument as to who
saw the first robin or the first bluebird;
but every one knows the exact time when
the blackbirds arrived. Just before the
deciduous trees put out their new leaves,
the blackbirds swarm the landscape; they
come into the city with a rush as of
winds; they are so numerous and so animated and so recklessly aggressive that
other birds, pigeons and even the competent alley cats, must seek safety in
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As conservation chairman of the Federated Women's Clubs, Mrs. Herbert Rob-1
erts is carrying the message of conser-"
vation into the public schools. Conferring with teachers, meeting with club
groups and study organizations, addressing parent-teacher association meetings
and making general assembly talks, Mrs.
Roberts is really getting across with the
idea that roadside wild flowers can be
enjoyed without being picked and that
Christmas greenery should not be gathered where it belongs to the landscape.