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Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 2
Saturday, Mar. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill material and
Clearing House reports. Send CH reports to P.O. Box
271374, Houston TX 77277.
Tuesday, Mar. 6: Ornithology Group meeting at
7:30 p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west
of Hillcroft. Marilyn Crane will present the program: "Birding on Attu." Marilyn is an outstanding
photographer, so we are in for a treat when we see
her slides, which will also cover some birds seen
elsewhere on the Alaska trip.
LEARNING CORNER will be at 7:00, before the
meeting. Don Richardson will lead a further study
of ducks, continued from last month.
Thursday, Mar. 8: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
7:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum. John Tveten,
well-known local naturalist, will present the program.
Monday, Mar. 12: Steering Committee meeting; all
members welcome. Time and place to be announced
or call Richard Uzar at 527-0454.
Friday-Sunday, Mar. 16-18: Ornithology Group field
trip to the Rio Grande Valley. Travel to the Valley
on Friday will be on an individual basis, although
car-pooling is encouraged. We will meet early Saturday morning to start birding the traditional Valley
hot spots. Emphasis will be on current rarities, but
we will ensure that a good cross-section of Valley
birds are seen. Leaders will tentatively be Lynne
Aldrich, Peter Gottschling and John Buckman. We
will plan on birding until mid-afternoon on Sunday,
and will cover different areas that day than on Saturday. In order to plan the trip effectively, we
request that you call John Buckman at 359-4685 to
confirm your intention to participate. The trip will
go, however, regardless of numbers. Information on
Valley area motels and other items will be given
when you phone. (The meeting place for Saturday
morning will be set later.)
Saturday, Mar. 31: Ornithology Group field trip: a
coastal trip from High Island to Sabine Pass to search
for gannets, sea ducks and, hopefully, jaegers. The
leader will be Mike Austin, who requests that we
meet at the roadside rest area in High Island at 7:30
a.m. We will bird the High Island area in the
morning and then head up the coast to Sabine Pass,
stopping to bird along the way.
The trip will last most of the day. Bring a
lunch, plenty to drink, insect repellent and a hat for
sun protection. This trip has been scheduled during
the height of the coastal migration, and should yield
some interesting birds, so please join this adventure,
led by one of our premier birders.
Because of the large attendance on recent field
trips we request that you call John Buckman at 359-
4685 to confirm your intention to participate in this
trip. Then we can plan more effectively and add
additional leadership if necessary.
Saturday, April 14: There will be two OG field trips
Sunday, April 29: in April. The first will be to
Anahuac NWR, High Island and
vicinity. The second will be to Hardin Co. and
coastal Jefferson Co.—Sea Rim State Park and
vicinity. Leaders for both trips will be announced.
Details in next month's Spoonbill.
MORE PUBLICITY FOR OUR CHECKLIST
In the Houston Post on February 7, 1990, our
checklist was the subject of B. C. Robison's column.
As a former editor of The Spoonbill, B. C. is very
familiar with the Clearing House and the Checklist.
We appreciate his bringing the Checklist to the
notice of the many readers of his nature column.