Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas Libby Price & Ellen Red, Co-editors
Volume XVI, No. 2
Tuesday, Mar. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill articles,
announcements and Clearing House reports.
Thursday, Mar. 5: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood at 7:30 PM.
Dr. B. C. Robison will present the program.
Tuesday, Mar. 10: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
Sutton Elementary School Library, 7402 Alba-
core. (See Nature Notes map.) Ron Grimes
will present "Backcountry Big Bend."
Saturday-Sunday, Mar. 7-8: Ornithology Group field
trip to Aransas NWR to see the Whooping
Cranes. The trip is limited to 40 people.
For reservations call Derek Muschalek (473-
6876) as soon as possible. The trip will officially get under way at 12:00 noon Saturday,
when all participants will meet at the Sea
Gun Marina at Lamar, which is just north
of Copano Bay causeway on State Hwy 35.
Look for the pink buildings on the left. At
this time the group will organize and each
person will pay $16 for a 4-hour ride on
"The Pisces" (1-5 PM). Afterwards you could
find accommodations at the Best Western in
Fulton (512-729-8357) or camp at Goose Island
State Park in Lamar (512-729-2858). On Sunday the group will reunite at the headquarters
of the Aransas NWR at 8:00 AM to explore
this great birding area.
Saturday, Mar. 14: Ornithology Group field trip to
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR to see the
chickens perform their courtship display and
utter their "booming" calls. You can expect
to see a number of different raptors and some
sparrow species as well. Directions: take
I-10 west to Sealy, exit on Hwy 36 (not the
first Sealy exit), go south on 36 about one
mile to FM 3013, turn right and go about
10 miles. After crossing the San Bernard
River look for the refuge sign on the right,
and go to the headquarters building where
the trip will begin at 7:00 AM. We will bird
until noon. Bring lunch if you wish to bird
on your own after noon.
SUCCESSFUL TREE PLANTING
A group of OG members under the direction
of David Marrack planted 130 trees in Galveston
State Park on Feb. 7. The hardy souls were: Barbara and Sam House, Arch Dillard, Bill and Jean
Harwell, Laura Singleton, Marilyn Crane, Anne Bushman, and Ellen Red. They were rewarded by the
sight of four Palm Warblers.
MINUTES OF THE OG MEETING,
FEB. 5, 1987
Chairman Robert Thacker opened the Ornithology Group meeting and the treasurer, Peter
Vennema, reported that dues were coming in slowly.
Libby Price told of the new list of OG library
books now being sold for ten cents at the meetings.
The Nominating Committee's report for next
year's officers was: Robert Thacker, Pres.; Ed
Rosenburg, V.P.; Caroline Callery, Sec; Jerry
Rob reported that the Galveston Co. Commissioners had partitioned a section of Bolivar Flats
for a bird sanctuary, and thanked Stennie Meadours
for her efforts in making this possible.
Rob told of a request from Hana Ginzbarg
that the OG erect a Purple Martin house at Russ
Pittman Park. The Chickadee Bookstore has volun-
teered to donate one and give the OG a good price
on another. Peggy Milstead moved that the OG
purchase a martin house from the Chickadee for
$99 for Russ Pittman Park. The motion was seconded and passed.
Ted Eubanks reported on the Breeding Bird
Atlas which Keith Arnold of A&M University is promoting. The OG has given $250 to this project and
the Audubon Society $1000, but many more individual donations are needed.
Rob introduced Noel Pettingell, who gave the
program on the subject of bird listing. The highlight was reading some delightful entries from his
Ellen Red, Acting Secretary