Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club,
Houston, Texas. B. C. Robison, editor
Volume XXXIII, No. 6
JULY 11, 1984
Piney Woods Wildlife
Ted Eubanks will give
a talk on shore birds.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: North Harris
County College, Room A-126
27 00 W. W. Thome Drive
TROPICAL TEXAS TOUR
On November 30 - December 4,
Peregrine Tours will run a Tropical Texas
bus trip for the O.G. The trip will
first stop at Rockport to ride the
Whooping Crane boat and see Aransas
National Wildlife Refuge's most famous
winter visitors. Then we will hit
all the birding hot spots of the Valley-
Falcon Dam, Bentsen State Park and Santa
Ana and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges. This is the same itinerary as our regular Tropical Texas
Tour but because we are taking a bus
load of folks, we can offer it for $325,
more than $100 less than our regular tour
when you figure in transportation. This
price includes everything except food.
And you will get a free Peregrine T-shirt!
Like the other group trips we have
organized, we intend this to be an O.G.
trip, and are announcing it first to O.G.
members, hoping that the O.G. will fill
the bus. Later we will advertise it to
other Houston birders. So don't delay!
If you would like to have a great time
in the Valley with a great bunch of people
and see some great birds, make your plans
now! Save your place by sending a $50
deposit to Peregrine Tours, P. 6. Box 3062,
Houston, TX • 77253, or call us at 441-1220
and we will send you a complete itinerary.
NATURALIST TO LEAD TOUR OF
MEXICO TROPICAL FOREST
Nature lovers throughout Texas
will have a chance August 19-25 to visit
the northernmost cloud forest in America
with two of the state's leading naturalists
serving as their guides.
Dr. Marshall C. Johnston of the
University of Texas, at Austin, and Eric
Lautzenheiser, of the Armand Bayou Nature
Center, in Houston, will conduct daily
trips through five major vegetation zones
in the Sierra Madre Oriental de Guatemala
mountains near Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The remote Rancho del Cielo, a
biological field station located at 3,8 00
feet, will serve as the base for the group,
which will hike through an area ranging
from 1,100 feet to more than 6,000 feet in
The cloud forest boasts a remarkable variety of plant life, including
bromeliads, orchids, ferns, tropical oaks
and magnolias, cacti, beech, spruce and
many other species. Birdwatchers and
photographers will have a chance to see
such exotic Mexican birds as the black-
headed nightingale-thrush, the rufescent
tinamou, the singing quail, the mountain
trogon, the blue-crowned motmot, the
military macaw and the bumble-bee hummingbird.
Larger mammals in the area include
black bear, coati, jaguar, puma and brocket
The tour, which includes transportation from Brownsville, Texas and meals
and sleeping accomodations at the Rancho
del Cielo, will cost $550 a person and
can earn participants three hours of college
credit from the University of Houston.
Sponsoring bodies are the Gorgas Science
Society of Texas Southmost College, in
Brownsville and the Armand Bayou Nature
Reservations may be made by writing
to Eric Lautzenheiser at the Armand Bayou
Nature Center, P. 0. Box 58828, Houston,
TX 77258 or phoning him at 713-474-2551.