"Birds at Your Backyard
Date: December 4,1995
Location: St. Philip's Methodist
Church, 5501 Beechnut at Renwick
Time: 7:00 p.m
Pre-meeting learning Comer at 6:30
p.m. Don Richardson will conclude
our series on identification of ducks
A former research chemist, John
Tveten works as a freelance naturalist,
writer and photographer. He has led
numerous tours for the Smithsonian
Institution and other organizations.
His weekly column, Nature Trails,
twenty years. Tveten now shares the
newspaper column byline and book
writing with his wife, Gloria, a former
mathematics teacher. Both John and
Gloria are longtime members of the
For the evening's discussion,
John invites you to meet some of the
bird species that visit Texas feeders,
particularly the winter finches. John
and Gloria Tveten have banded birds
in their backyard for more than twenty
years. During this time they have
documented individuals that return
year after year and others that have
turned up in other states. Detailed
weight studies show just how
precarious birds' lives really are and
add to our knowledge of their habits
and lifestyles. Share a year in their
lives through the Tveten's banding
data and color slides.
Saturday, December 2: "Youth"
Field Trip to Galveston Island
State Park. Meet at the park
headquarters at 8:00 a.m. for a
half-day exploration of the park's
various birds and habitats. Call
David Veselka, 692-1384, to
confirm details. Parents or other
adults are invited to accompany
the group in the field. OG
members are encouraged to bring
a youth and introduce them to the
joys of birding with a group of
their peers. David Veselka, 692-
Wednesday, December 6: ONC
Photography Meeting. Bayou
Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood, 7:00
p.m. Gerry Aitkin of the Houston
Camera Club will present "An
Underwater Overview." Using her
excellent underwater pictures,
Gerry will discuss special
techniques and equipment for
underwater photography. Irene
Wednesday, December 13: OG
Weekday Field Trip to Brazoria
NWR. 8:00 a.m. Refuge
Headquarters. If the gate is
closed, wait for Winnie Burkett!
To reach the refuge, take Hwy.
288 south from Houston to Lake
Jackson. Turn left on FM2004.
Cross Hwy. 227 (old 288) and
almost immediately turn right on
County Road 223 (there is no road
sign... it's the first right). After
2.5 miles, 223 ends at Hwy. 523.
Turn right. Proceed 2-3 miles.
Turn left on County Road 227.
After another two miles, refuge
entrance will be on your right.
Tom Lewis, 497-2550.
Sunday, January 7: "Beginners"
OG Field Trip to West Harris
County. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Bear
Creek Park at the jogging trail
parking lot (From Houston take I-10
west to Highway 6. Turn north onto
Highway 6, then turn right or east on
Clay Road. Continue past the golf
course to the jogging trail parking
lot.) Bring your lunch. Designed for
beginners, this trip will go slow and
easy. Leaders, Dave Bradford and
P.D. Hulce, will help the beginning
birder identify and find sparrows.
We will also seek out ducks, geese
and hawks. Bill Eley, 662,0034.
Monday, January 8: OG
Membership Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Meeting place and program will be
announced in the December issue of
The Spoonbill. Dan Coleman, 961-
Wednesday, January 10: OG
Weekday Field Trip to Barker
Reservoir. 9:00 a.m. Half-day trip
with Winnie Burkett. Meet in
parking lot near Diamond Shamrock
gas station/ convenience store on the
west side of Hwy. 6 at Briar Forest,
south of I-10 west. Be prepared for
wet and muddy walking. Over 10
species of sparrows are possible.
Phyrrhuloxia, Bewick's Wren and
Grasshopper Sparrow have been seen
here. Tom Lewis, 497-2550.
Saturday, February 10: OG Field
Trip to Anahuac NWR. Discover
the joys of the Anahuac refuge with
leaders, David Veselka and Bill Eley.
Details will be published later. Bill