Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston,
Texas, Judy Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 6 - 7
Tuesday. August 7: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Dr. Keith Arnold, Head
of the Ornithology Department at Texas A&M University,
will present a program on identifying gulls and terns. Dr.
Arnold is Chairman of the Texas Bird Records Committee, an
organizer of the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas and Treasurer of
the Texas Ornithological Society. LEARNING CORNER will meet
at 7:00 P.M. as usual. Don Richardson will lead a
discussion on the identification of migrating shorebirds.
Remember to bring your aluminum!
Tuesday. September 4: Ornithology Group meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. Nancy L. Newfield
will present slides and lecture on the hummingbirds of
Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. LEARNING CORNER will meet
at 7:00 P.M. Leader and subject to be announced.
Saturday. August 25: Ornithology Group field trip. The
year's first field trip will be a half-day outing from 7:00
A.M. to 12:00 noon, starting at East Beach and ending at
Bolivar Flats. Don Richardson will be our leader as we look
for migrant shorebirds and anything else with wings. We
will meet at 7:00 A.M. where Seawall Blvd. ends at the
extreme east end of Galveston Island. Expect a hot, half-
day filled with numerous migrant and resident shorebirds.
Bring plenty of water and insect repellent. Call David
Bradford at 855-2615 for more information.
Friday and Saturday. September 7-8: Ornithology Group field
trip. The first of two field trips in September will be to
the Rockport/Fulton area to attend the 2nd Annual
Hummer/Bird Celebration. Scheduled to speak are well-known
authors, Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of The Hummingbird
Book, and Ed Kutac, author of The Birder's Guide to Texas.
Although seminars and hummingbirds will be the emphasis of
the trip, many other birds can be expected in this rich
birding area of the Texas Coast. More information will
follow in the August Spoonbill. If you have any questions
or intend to participate in this logistically-difficult
trip, please contact David Bradford at 855-2615. You are
encouraged to make motel reservations as soon as possible.
Saturday, September 22: Fifth Annual Texas Coastal Cleanup
and Ornithology Group field trip. The Cleanup is sponsored
by the Center for Marine Conservation and the Texas Adopt-A-
Beach program. Come to Bolivar Flats and help remove the
tons of human refuse endangering our shorebirds. Analysis
of the 158 tons of trash collected last year showed that
Texas ranked second in the nation behind Louisiana in galley
waste and had more plastic six-pack rings than any other
state! Plan to arrive early, beat the crowd and enjoy some
fine birding before you work. Richard Uzar will lead an
early-bird field trip at Bolivar Flats from 7:00 to 9:00
A.M. The Cleanup is from 9:00 A.M. to Noon. Who says you
can't play before you work?!
AND YARD REPORTS
On Hay 2, 1990 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
added the Golden-cheeked Warbler to the Federal list of
endangered wildlife because its habitat is threatened by
urban expansion and the widespread clearing of Ashe
junipers. "Because of recent habitat clearing and the
potential for additional destruction in some of the best
warbler habitat, the Service decided to emergency list this
species. Habitat fragmentation may make the species more
susceptible to increased predation and cowbird parasitism.
The Golden-cheeked Warbler nests exclusively in central
Texas in mature Ashe juniper-oak woodlands. It winters in
Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and possibly Belize.
A recent status survey reports an estimated loss of 15-45%
of warbler habitat in Texas over about a 10-year period. At
present rates, the estimated carrying capacity of the
habitat will suffer a reduction of more than 50% by the year
2000." Submitted by Bob Honig
"The Bald Eagle is not yet out of the endangered
species woods," wrote Steve Sherrod, Exe. Dir., Sutton Avian
Research Center in Bartlesvilie, Oklahoma to the New York
Times on March 13, 1990. Mr. Sherrod cited the misuse of
statistics to try to prove a point. He stated that the
figures used in a March 6 issue of "Science Times" showed
1989 wintering eagle counts were defined by breeding
numbers. "For example," Sherrod wrote, "the Science Times
article listed Oklahoma as having 728 eagles, but this state
had zero breeding eagles in 1989. These 728 birds came for
the winter only, from Canada and the Great Lakes, where bald
eagles Care] in little, if any, danger of extinction." Mr.
Sherrod concluded that "a wide distribution of nesting
eagles is clearly essential for the safety of the eagles in
the long run, and the long run is what we all have to begin
thinking about in this country instead of continual crisis
management." Submitted by Bob Honig
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diskettes. We promise to return your diskette and we'll
even thank you for saving us typing time. Questions?! Call
Don Richardson at 661-1365.