Volume XXVII, No. 12
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Tuesday Brazosport Birders regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., Brazosport Center for the
April 24 Arts & Sciences, 400 College Dr., Clu+e. Vic Wade will present a program
on the Red-tailed Hawk, Including results of some studies on the effect
of pesticides on this species.
Wednesday SPOONBILL deadline for articles, announcements, etc. Remember us In the
April 25 coming vacation season, and send In any unusual birding experiences you
Saturday OG field trip to Anahuac NWR for a Rail Buggy Trip. Meet at refuge enr
April 28 trance at 9:15 a.m. (this entrance is several miles down a private road
from the highway entrance, for those who may never have been there), and
bring Insect repellent (necessary!) and lunch. A few have expressed concern that these buggy trips are damaging to the birds and vegetation, but
Russ Clapper, manager at Anahuac for many years, assures us that the welfare of the birds and habitat has topmost priority with them. They have
found that the vege+a+lon recovers In about a week from the impact of the
large balloon tires of the buggy, but It takes a few months from the more
narrow wheeled flatbed wagon often pulled by the buggy. Also, they never
drive directly at a spot where a flushed bird has dropped down. The marsh
buggy is used In many of their research studies and banding programs, and
THE SPOONBILL has confidence In the Judgement of these professionals as
to what Is and is not damaging. (These Rail trips are made only In April).
Saturday Brozosport Birders field trip. Meet at 7:30 a.m., 400 College Dr., in
April 28 Clu+e, for birding at Municipal Park and Dow Nature Trail. Sherry Collins tells us that the new Lake Jackson Cl+y Park on Hwy 332, west side
of Buffalo Camp Bayou, is now open, though not developed. But there Is
now a place to park, and you can follow an old track into the property.
Be sure to take your insect repel lent!
Wednesday Photography Group meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor auditorium, 4141
May 2 So. Braeswood.
Clearing House deadline for April sighting reports.
May 10-11-12 T.O.S. meeting In Nacogdoches
Weekend OG field trip to Mo Ranch in Hill country. We plan to stay Friday and
May 18-20 Saturday nights and bird on Saturday and Sunday. Lodge facilities are
$5.75 per night, per person, food prices are breakfast-$l.75, lunch-$2.50,
dlnner-$2.75 for adul+s, somewhat less for children. Some campsites at
$1.00. Send money as soon as possible to Mary Glllet+e, 5027 Longmont,
Houston, Texas 77056. Expect to see Hill Country birds, plus possible
Sanctuary Visitors' days provides a
make it +o Mo Ranch.
place +o go for +hose who can't
Fred Webster Is leading three tours to Rancho del Clelo this summer.
The August tour Is new, and is replacing the January tour, which is
being discontinued. For those who are unfamiliar with this biological
field station in America's northernmost tropical cloud forest, this Is
your opportunity to explore a Mexican wilderness area In complete freedom. You may accompany naturalists on walks through the forest, or be
on your own, to bird, photograph,, etc. For full details contact Fred
Webster, 4926 Strass Drive, Austin, Texas 78731 — (512)451-1669.