Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, Libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 3
Tuesday, Apr. 3: Ornithology Group meeting at 7:30
p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. The program, "Birding in North Central
Texas," was announced for February, but a family
emergency prevented Dr. Warren Pulich from coming.
Dr. Pulich is a member of the board of the Texas
Bird Records Committee and teaches ornithology at
the University of Dallas.
Learning Corner will be led by David Bradford discussing spring migrants, especially those which are
likely to be confused. 7:00 p.m., bring field guides.
Deadline for Clearing House reports and for Spoonbill material.
Friday-Sunday, Apr. 6-8: LITTLE THICKET DAY at
the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary replaces the
April meeting of the Outdoor Nature Club. Springtime at LTNS is a particularly lovely time of year.
There will be orientation hikes for first-time visitors as well as botany and birding walks. Following
a pot luck luncheon (bring your contribution) Gerry
Davis of the U.S. Forest Service will talk on the
advantages of a diverse forest, and about the Red-
cockaded Woodpecker in the area.
For those who wish to camp the sanctuary will be
open after 3:00 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon.
Bring your own drinking water! Directions to LTNS
and other information appears on page 6 of your
ONC Yearbook, or call Irene Leslie at 780-2828.
Saturday, Apr. 14: Ornithology Group field trip to
High Island and surrounding areas. We will bird the
sanctuaries and the other areas will be chosen
according to prevailing conditions. Rob Thacker will
lead this expedition, which should produce a good
selection of migrant landbirds and shorebirds. Meet
at the High Island roadside picnic area on Hwy 124
at 7:30 a.m. To reach the meeting place take 1-10
east from Houston to Hwy 124 in Winnie, then south
on 124 past the Intracoastal Waterway bridge and
on into High Island. The picnic area is on the right
in a tree grove opposite an old service station at
the edge of town.
The trip will last most of the day, so bring
lunch, plenty to drink, insect repellent, and hat for
sun protection. Because of the large attendance on
recent trips, please call John Buckman at 359-4685
if you plan to go. Then we can plan more effectively and add leadership if necessary.
Saturday, Apr. 28: Outdoor Nature Club field trip
to Matagorda Island for conchology and birding. OG
members are invited. The trip will run all day and
will afford a rare opportunity to visit the island.
Meet at Port O'Connor to board a chartered boat.
Cost is $20 per person, $10 of which must be sent in
ahby April 1. A maximum of 22 people can make
the trip, so call early if you are interested. Phone
Dorothy Parmesan at 622-7139. ■
Sunday, Apr. 29: The Ornithology Group field trip
scheduled this day has been canceled.
We will try to schedule it next year.
Saturday, Apr. 28: HAS LONE STAR SHOOT-OUT
Sunday Apr. 29: Choose either day to participate in
this competition to find the most bird species in a
24-hour period. (See article)
Friday-Sunday, May 11-13: OG/ONC field trip to
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Birding on
Saturday. IF YOU PLAN TO GO AND CAMP call
Irene Leslie at 780-2828 ASAP to be sure of a space.
Saturday May 26: Ornithology Group field trip to
Jones State Forest and other piney woods areas.
See the April issue for details.
If we are ever to see an Eskimo Curlew again
on West Galveston Island it will be in late March
or April. Be sure you know what they look like,
anyway. Then if you see something you think must
be it, do call an expert to check it out. Biologists
are anxious to hear of any confirmed sightings, so
don't just keep it to yourself. Tell somebody.