by Noel Pettingell
10 YEARS AGO/FROM AUGUST '79 SPOONBILL
"Recommended Reading-Hazel Green, of Wimberly,
recently sent an excerpt from 'Wildlife Watcher's
Handbook' by Frank T. Hanenkrat, in which the
author preaches restraint by photographers, data-
seekers, birders or just the curious. He says, 'All
of us should also show voluntary restraint (and
observance of law) by staying away from endangered
or rare species. For many of us who are intensely
interested in wildlife this amounts to a kind of self-
denial, and perhaps we should be able to earn points
in some way by not having made the trip to see a
rare creature. Many of us would like to see California condors at their nests, or peregrines at their
aeries, or, if one should be found, an active ivory-
billed woodpecker's nest. Don't try. No amount
of interest in or love for animals entitles anyone
to disturb these or other dwindling species.'
"If you haven't read it, get a copy of Audubon
Magazine and read Mr. Graham's 'Case of the Ugly
Birder,' and listen to the thunder rumble. Resentment is mounting, and there is a storm coming that
will engulf all birders because of the actions of a
minority of the estimated 5 to 10 million birders
in America. Take responsibility for your actions,
and do nothing, even unconsciously, that will add to
the problem. Be aware of the results of your
actions for instance, did you know that a predator
can later follow your scent if your approach too
closely to a nest? did you know that taped bird
calls during breeding seasons may force abandonment
of the nest and drive the birds away? and the
list can go on.
"Enjoy birding, and by your actions prove it can be
a joy to all around you."
MAKE A BEACH BEAUTIFUL!
Have you been to a Texas beach in recent
years that was NOT littered with plastic bags,
bottles, cups and other trash too disgusting to
mention? Only Beach Buddies get that chance;
after the TEXAS COASTAL CLEANUP they can
look at miles of beach that has regained its natural
beauty and serenity.
The recent storm tides have gathered a lot of
the trash at the vegetation line, so our work should
be a bit easier this year. Let's do our part to help
the cleanup and field more members this year. If
you can't lean over to pick up, you can record the
trash on the cards for those who can lean over.
Get details at the September meeting or call the
OG coordinators, George and Celeste Hinds at 984-
1634. Or just come to Bolivar Flats 9:00 to 12:00
noon on Saturday, September 23, and make the
THE OG BIRDING CARD CONTEST
by Peter Gottschling
Purpose: To increase interest and membership in the i
OG and win new friends and influence enemies by "
introducing yourself and the OG to other birders.
How to play: Design a business card that does the
Basic design requirements: 1. Everything must fit
onto one side of a standard business card. 2. It
should have our name, Ornithology Group. 3. It
should have a short message telling who we (you)
are and what we do. 4. It should say for further
information contact "OG Membership," P.O. Box
271374, Houston TX 77277. 5. It may have a space
for you to give your name and phone number so
someone can contact you personally to learn more
about the OG and your birding avocation.
These requirements are pretty loose, so be creative
and let it all hang out.
First Prize: A free OG membership for one year.
Second Prize: A picture of Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars.
Third Prize: Our gratitude for playing.
Send entries to "OG, Birding Card Contest," P.O.
Box 271374, Houston TX 77277. Entries must be
postmarked no later than Sept. 15, 1989 so we can
announce the winners at the Oct. meeting. Don
Pardo will not announce the winners nor will the
entries be audited by Price Waterhouse. Members,
officers and Spoonbill editors are all encouraged to
participate in this contest. j
Chairman Richard Uzar
Co-Chairman John Buckman
Secretary Ronnie Carrol
Treasurer Jerry Patrick
Spoonbill Editor Libby Price
Assistant Editor. Ellen Red
Clearing House Editors Andrew & Rene Franks
Peter Gottschling and Lynne Aldrich
Programs Ed Rozenburg
Field Trips John Buckman
Publicity Barbara Hoffman
Resources Don & Lee Richardson
Aluminum Rene and Andrew Franks
Information Maxine Davis
Membership Peggy Milstead
Christmas Count P. D. Hulce & Richard Uzar
Checklist Committee Noel Pettingell
David Dauphin and Ed Rozenburg
WATERFOWL AND WETLANDS EXHIBIT
The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present the Smithsonian exhibit "The Legacy Endures: .
Conserving Waterfowls and Wetlands" from August!
17 through October 22. The exhibit includes more
than 200 objects: original drawings, die proofs, prints
and stamps, decoys, photographs and documents that
illustrate the history of wetland and waterfowl