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Volume IV No. 7
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"Defenders of the great white whooping cranes-
handed the powerful Strategic Air Command a
resounding defeat. The Air Force announced
it was abandoning plans to expand the danger
zone around a flash bombing range off the #
Southeast Coast of Texas where the rare birds*
spend their winters. The decision ended a to
prolonged controversy which saw the Air Forced-
pitted against the Canadian government, bird *
societies and even the U.S.Fish and Wildlife #
Service." - Houston Post - October 15, 1955 *
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Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston, Texas
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November 19-20 — Outdoor Nature Club Overnight Trip to Sanctuary
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This is the regular scheduled November field trip of the Outdoor Nature Club -
leader is Mr, Olever S. Ferguson. This brisk fall weather should encourage everyone to bring family and friends and enjoy the beauty of the Little Thicket Nature
Sanctuary. Come at any time, and if you plan to stay overnight, bring bedding and
food. There will be something of interest for everyone - plants for the botanists,
birds for the ornithologists, snakes for the herpetologists, insects for the entomologists, and trees for those who just want to sit in the shade and relax. Even
a refreshment booth to buy hot and cold drinks, home-made pie and cake, hot buttered pop corn and apples. Proceeds go to the Sanctuary fund. Lets all take advantage of this opportunity to visit the Sanctuary and at the same time get better acquainted with other members of the Club.
November 26-27 ~ T.O.S. 1955 Fall Field Trip to Rockport
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For the third year the Texas Ornithological Society has selected the Rockport-
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge area for its fall field trip to be held on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving. Interested birders, whether members
of T.O.S. or not, are invited to attend this outing. Plans include field trips to
the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, wintering grounds for wild turkeys, ducks,
geese, many shorebirds, and numerous species of woods birds, as well as the fajjious
tthooping Cranes. A 37 foot tower has been built on the refuge at Dagger Point and
a 30-power telescope was provided by the T.O.S. so that visitors to the refuge will
have an opportunity to view the whoopers without disturbing them. Boat trips are
being planned along the intracoastal canal following the coast-line of the refuge.
In this way the whoopers may be observed at closer range as boats moving up and
down the canal past their feeding grounds do not seem to disturb them.
Each party will make their own reservations for overnight accommodations. Boat
reservations are to be made with Miss Carrie Holcomb, 1008 Missouri, Houston 6,
For further details see October 30, 1955, T.O.S. NEV7SLETTER.
December 1 — 0. G. Meeting
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The next regular meeting of the Ornithology Group will be held on December 1
at 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History in Hermann Park.
December 11 — Sunday Field Trio to Sheldon Area
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Meet - 9:00 a.m. at Sears Parking Lot - 'Jay side and Harrisburg. In addition
to Sheldon, the territory covered on this trip will include Garrett Road, Lake
Houston and the Magnolia Gardens area, Jimmy Murray will act as leader and it is
planned to have our picnic lunch at "Murray Manor" on the San Jacinto River.