Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 2
Monday. March 2: Ornithology Group Meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Dr. Keith Arnold,
director of the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas Project, will
present an update on results of 1991 project and will review
which birds are thriving in Texas and which are declining.
He may have a few surprises in store for us. Dr. Arnold is
Professor of Ornithology in the Wildlife and Fisheries
Sciences Department at Texas A&M University and Curator of
Birds of the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection. In
addition to his involvement with the breeding bird atlas
project. Dr. Arnold participates in other activities of the
Texas Ornithological Society, of which he is a past
president and currently serves as treasurer. As academic
advisor to the Texa Bird Records Committee, he participates
in decisions affecting the official status of rare birds in
Texas. Don Richardson will conclude his two-part series on
gulls and terns at Learning Corner at 7:00 P.N.
Saturday. March 14: OG Field Trip to Attwater Prairie
Chicken NWR to view prairie chickens booming on their leks.
Join our leader, Winnie Burkett, as she looks for lingering
ducks, raptors and sparrows as well as prairie chickens.
Winnie compiles the Attwater Christmas Bird Count and is
involved in bird censusing at the refuge. We will meet at
7:00 A.M. at the refuge headquarters. Take 1-10 west to
Sealy and go south (1/2 mile) on State Highway 36 to F.M.
3013. Follow F.M. 3013 west about 10 miles to the refuge
sign marking the dirt road leading into the refuge. For
assistance call David Bradford at 855-2615.
Wednesday. March 25: Special mid-week 06 Field Trip to San
Jacinto Battleground State Park. We'll look for lingering
winter ducks, shorebirds and raptors. Also, by this time
some early migrant shorebirds and passerines should be
moving through. For those fortunate enough to be able to
participate in a mid-week field trip, meet our leader Gail
Luckner at the base of the monument at 7:30 A.N. Gail is
currently developing a checklist for the state park. Bring
insect repellent and water. The trip will end around noon.
For directions or to ask questions, call Gail Luckner, 328-
Monday. April 6: Ornithology Group Meeting. 7:30 P.M.
Bayland Community Center. 06 member, David Dauphin, will
present a program on identification of spring warblers and
vireos. Co-author of the UTC Checklist, David is a former
06 Chairman and currently serves as Vice President of the
Texas Ornithological Society. Come out and join David for
this special spring migration warm-up.
Fridav-Sundav. April 10-12: ONC/ALL GROUPS FIELD TRIP TO HE
kinney FALLS STATE PARK near Austin. Trip will include
birding Saturday morning with a member of Travis Audubon
Society, a visit to the Congress Street bridge to view
Mexican Free-tailed Bats, and wildflower identification in
the park and along roadsides on the trip back to Houston.
For camping reservations and motel information, call Cissy
Donaldson at 649-6543.
Saturday. April 14: REUNION DAY AT LITTLE THICKET NATURE
sanctuary. Once a year all ONC members are invited to
reunite over a potluck dinner at the LTNS. An early morning
bird hike begins at 8:30 A.M. followed by a botany/nature
hike, a photography experience and tractor-trailer rides and
potluck dinner at noon. After a short meeting, put your
knowledge to the test on a nature scavenger hunt. Camping
Friday and Saturday nights—bring your own water. 06 members
note there is a very active Red-cockaded Woodpecker colony
on FM 945 between the Sanctuary and FM 2025. Uatch for
signs. For directions to LTNS, check your ONC year book, or
call Aaron Stoley at 781-1371.
Saturday. April 18: 06 FIELD TRIP TO BOLIVAR FLATS, HIGH
ISLAND and other area "hotspots." Meet our leader at the
Flats at 7:30 A.M. We will look for migrant shorebirds and
passerines during the full day of birding. Details and
directions to follow in the March issue of The Spoonbill.
Minutes of 06 February 3, 1992 meeting: Don
Richardson discussed identification of the larger gulls and
will continue his series next month with the smaller gulls.
Chairman Bob Honig opened the meeting by announcing
the nominating committee for next year's officers. The
committee members are David Dauphin, Ed Rozenburg and
Richard Uzar. Their nomiantions: Chairman, Bob Honig; Vice
Chairman, David Bradford; Secretary, Christine Bourgeois;
and Treasurer, Frank Peace.
The ONC needs a Conservation Chairperson to succeed
Jack Gillette. There has also been a suggestion that the
maps supplied at the meeting need updating and renewing.
Volunteers would be appreciated. Also, as of July I, the
Bayland Community Center is designated a "NO SMOKING"
Ed Lebeau, Treasurer, announced that our finances
are in good shape, however only 55% of the membership has
paid their 1992 dues.
With $300.00 in the aluminum fund, several members
are interested in using these monies to fund a program that