Keyword
in
Collection
Date
to
The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 4, April 1987
Image 3
Citation
MLA
APA
Chicago/Turabian
The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 4, April 1987 - Image 3. April 1987. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/213/show/207.

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

(April 1987). The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 4, April 1987 - Image 3. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/213/show/207

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 4, April 1987 - Image 3, April 1987, Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 20, 2019, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/213/show/207.

Disclaimer: This is a general citation for reference purposes. Please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting of the type of source you are citing. If the date given in the citation does not match the date on the digital item, use the more accurate date below the digital item.

URL
Embed Image
Compound Item Description
Title The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 4, April 1987
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 17, No. 4, April 1987; The Spoonbill, Vol. XVII, No. 4, April 1987
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date April 1987
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 1
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/9872
Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
Use and Reproduction Rights Undetermined
Note Incorrect volume number, XVII, printed on front page.
File Name index.cpd
Item Description
Title Image 3
Format (IMT)
  • image/jpeg
File Name uhlib_2007_023_b012_f001_004_003.jpg
Transcript JOE HEISER by Paul Nimmons When Joe Heiser died last month, all of us became poorer. Because of his life, all of our lives are richer. He was a founder of the Outdoor Nature Club. He and a few others founded the club in 1923 by posting a notice of meeting at the Houston Public Library. He was also a founder of the Houston Zoological Society and the Nature Conservancy, and the driving force behind the acquisition of the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary. The idea of a sanctuary spawned early in the history of the ONC. Money was the greatest problem, but there were also the questions of location, the type of habitat, the size of the land and its management to be answered. After many attempts by members to find land along the lower San Jacinto River, Joe searched the upper reaches and tributaries. Because he had no wife or children he was able to use all of his weekends, and he searched every weekend for five years. In 1950 he found a tract in San Jacinto County that was selling substantially below market price. The land was not prime natural habitat; it was overgrazed, hilly pasture. But the size of the tract (455.28 acres), its several creeks and the purchase price of $19.12 per acre convinced Joe Heiser that this was the tract to buy. He purchased it for $8,708.00 cash and sold it to the ONC for $208.00 down plus a note for $8,500.00 bearing interest at 3% per annum, payable in installments of $50.00 per month for twenty years. After the initial purchase Joe continued to search for adjacent land and tried to find benefactors to help pay for the property. In 1958 he contacted the Cullinan family, and through their generosity was able to add 137 acres to the sanctuary. Likewise, in 1961, he negotiated the purchase of 40 additional acres and obtained the funding through a gift from the Homeland Foundation in New York. Later he came to believe that land protection could be accelerated by adding a network of landowners to the organized efforts of the Nature Conservancy. I know he was considering making an endowment to the Nature Conservancy to encourage landowners to practise ecological protection on portions of their land. Joe Heiser was a birder as well as a protectionist. He had photographs of hundreds of Brown Pelicans around Galveston. He remembered the rediscovery of Roseate Spoonbills on Vingt-et-Un Islands. From Joe I learned that the early ONC members made annual spring treks to High Island. Because of the distance they stayed overnight with Mrs. Hooks, a member of one of the families benefiting from the oil discoveries at High Island. Joe Heiser was interested in the early Christmas Counts. He knew George Findlay Simmons, the man who was the sole participant in the first two Houston counts in 1913 and 1914. Joe remembered him as a very intelligent, knowledgeable person. Joe himself was a participant in the Christmas Counts as early as 1924. In those days the group would take the Interurban to an area east of town, bird for the day and come back late in the afternoon. His proudest avian accomplishment was his single-minded, succesful campaign to have the Mockingbird named as the state bird of Texas. This and his other efforts have added something to our lives. MINUTES OF OG MEETING APRIL 2, 1987 The meeting was called to order at 7:40 by Chairman Rob Thacker. Treasurer Peter Vennema gave the following financial report: PROJECTED REVENUES: Membership Dues, 370 x $6 = Spoonbill Subscriptions, 35 x $9 Checklist and Map Sales Aluminum Sales Interest on Monpy Mkt Fund PROJECTED EXPENSES: Spoonbill Printing, 11 x 250 - Bulk Mailing, 11 x $35 = Bayou Manor Donation Speaker Fees and Expenses New Books Birdathon Team Roster (with ONC) Texas Breeding Bird Atlas DEFICIT $2,220 315 125 75 225 $2,960 $2,750 385 150 75 75 25 200 250 $3,910 (950) Peter asked members to consider raising dues. A vote on raising dues will occur at the May meeting. Libby Price urged members to submit articles to The Spoonbill. Ed Rozenburg reported $3.65 worth of aluminum collected. (We need to improve this revenue by bringing more aluminum to monthly meetings..Ed.) Barbara House asked for donations to World Wildlife Fund for the Monteverde Forest in Costa Rica. Ted Eubanks, Jr. announced a meeting of the monitors of the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas, and reminded members of the Birdathon at the Audubon Sanctuary in High Island to benefit the Atlas. Noel Pettingell spoke of contributions made by Joe M. Heiser, recently deceased former ONC president. After discussion, members voted that Rob Thacker should make the suggestion to the ONC board that the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary be renamed for Mr. Heiser. Ted Eubanks moved, and members voted to make a donation in memory of not only Joe Heiser, but also Sarah Gordon, another recently deceased OG member and past ONC president. The donation of $100 will be used for the Sanctuary. Caroline Callery passed out information about members' efforts to oppose the passage of Texas House Bill 1117, which would permit the trade or sale of Jones State Forest. She urged members to write members of the State Affairs Committee, whose names she will gladly furnish to anyone calling her at 523-6800. Carol Sloan presented Werner Stebner, a professional photographer who gave a beautiful slide program of birds seen on the Texas coast. The meeting then adjourned.