Volume XXIV, No. 12
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
May I I
Visitors Day at the ONC Little Thicket Sanctuary, 10 AM to 3 PM. Bring
lunch and water.
ONC and Herpetology Group is sponsoring a lecture and demonstration by
John Werler about :Poisonous Snakes of Texas", 7:30 PM, Fondren Hal I of
St. Paul's Methodist Church, 5401 So. Main Street. Birders, who are often
in the fields and woods with their eyes up instead of down, should welcome
the opportunity to attend this lecture by a world re-nowned authority on
Photography Group regular meeting, 7:30 PM, Bayou Manor Auditorium, 4141
Houston Audubon Society field trip to look for the Red-cockaded Woodpecker
and Bachman Sparrow In the Smart Fire Tower and Koontz area. Meet at 8:15
AM at Ramada Inn, Beaumont (llth Street exit from IH 10). Driving time
from Houston approximately I 3/4 hours. Bring lunch.
ONC regular meeting, 8:00 PM Houston Garden Center,
Speaker: John Werler.
1500 Hermann Drive.
Sat. & Sun. 0G weekend field trip to Louisiana in search of the exotic Black Francolin..
May 15 & 16 (an introduced bird, now well-established), as well as other birds in the
southwestern corner of Louisiana, well known as a very "birdy" area. Meet
at 9:00 AM at roadside park, right hand side, just across the Louisiana
line on IH 10, near the Information building. On Sunday we will return
to Texas by the coast road from Cameron to Sabine Pass. Arrangement will
be made for campers (only those who do not need hookups), others may make
arrangements at the following motels in Cameron:
Gulf Motel AC3I8 775-5118
Broussard Motel AC3I8 775-5115
Rutherford Motel' AC 318 452-8
0G "June Meeting" picnic,-with .meeting to start shortly before noon, and
conclude after lunch. But come early, and enjoy the Sanctuary. We have
permission to camp Saturday night, so those who wish to do so, come Saturday. Bring food and water, and remember you must take away your refuse.
And don't forget your insect repellent. Everybody come, especially you
new members, and let's enjoy our annual outing. Take IH 45 north to Willis
right on #1097, then right on #150, then right on #945, 2 miles to gate
On March 13 thirty-fIve^people met in Angleton for a field trip to Brazoria National
Wildlife Refuge, which is still closed to the general public. Jim Hargrove, who knows
the refuge, kindly served as guide. Remembering that last year's trip was rained out,
we were relieved to find the dirt roads firm. Our first good sighting was a pair of
white-tailed kites, which seemed to be nesting. In the woods were a barred and a
barn owl. Spring migration was being ushered in by tree and barn swallows, white-eyed
vireo, black-and-white warbler, and some early chimney swifts. At the reed-filled
marsh were a large flock of black-crowned herons and a long-billed marsh wren. There
were good numbers of sandhill cranes, as well as the usual ducks, geese, shore birds
and waders. Even though the day was windy, the group was rewarded with over ninety
species. —Wes Cureton