MINUTES OF OG MEETING SEPT. 5, 1989
New Chairman Richard Uzar conducted the first
meeting of the 1989-90 year. The first item of
business was to offer a round of applause to Ed
Rozenburg in appreciation for the great job he did
as chairman last year. Two sign-up sheets were circulated. One was for those planning to help with
the Texas Coastal Cleanup on September 23. The
other was for those interested in participating in one
of several small study groups to research topics of
interest to the group.
A new addition to the regular OG meetings
was discussed. Before each meeting at 7:00 p.m.
novice birders will meet for an informal discussion
moderated by an experienced birder. Don Richardson
met with the group this time. The first Novice
Time focused on the five peeps. There was an
enthusiastic response to Novice Time and we expect
it to become a regular part of the monthly meetings.
Treasurer Jerry Patrick reported that the OG
is in good shape financially, thanks to Phillips 66's
generous contribution to the checklist. Jerry
made a motion to establish an expenditures policy
which would allow the officers to expend money for
budgeted items and small expenses that do not recur,
but give the whole membership time to consider
any large expenditure or recurring expense rather
than voting on it at the first meeting at which it
is proposed. The motion is printed elsewhere in
The Spoonbill. Members may read and consider the
motion before voting on it at the October meeting.
The long-awaited checklist, "A Birder's Checklist of the Upper Texas Coast," Seventh Edition,
May, 1989, was presented to the group. After
acknowledging Phillips 66, which printed the checklist,
and Exxon, which helped with computer graphics,
Richard turned the program over to David Dauphin
to present an overview of the new checklist.
Unlike previous checklists, this one was done on
computer. The database belongs to the OG and will
not be made available to the general public. It took
the committee 1000 man-hours over eight months
to compile. Every published bird record in Texas
was examined and many authorities consulted so that
each dot and dash on the checklist was justified.
David claimed that this checklist is the best in the
world. For the rest of his presentation he showed
slides of some birds whose status on the checklist
has changed. Fire ants were blamed for the decline
of many shorebirds. Loss of habitat was another
reason. Some species, we are happy to note, are
on the increase. Before concluding, David welcomed
any constructive criticism, which he would keep on
file for the next revision. The checklist is on sale
for 204 to members, 250 to non-members and 150
each if bought in lots of 100.
Don Richardson presented the second part of
the program on birding techniques for new birders.
He stressed being quiet, doing nothing to disturb
the birds, learning habitats for various species, and
being considerate of both the birds and other birders
in the use of tapes.
Kathy DeFord, Secretary
THANKS FROM THE EDITOR
Another year of Spoonbills has gone to press, an
accomplishment that could never have been made ^fr
without the monthly efforts of our staff. Ellen Red ^mV
as Assistant Editor helps with editorial decisions,
saving the Editor many gray hairs, as well as writing
articles and announcements.
The Clearing House Editors, Rene and Andrew
Franks, Lynne Aldrich and Peter Gottschling and
Wally Gardner, have been very cooperative in getting their hard work done by deadline (or even
sooner!) and keeping their format easy to handle.
Connie Clark pastes up The Spoonbill in spite
of an amazingly busy schedule of full-time job,
night classes and volunteer work. Connie was a
delegate to the Democratic convention and serves
on the Traffic Committee of West University Place
Peggy Milstead has now got the address label
list on computer, but still has to revise it constantly.
The computer saves some work and creates a few
headaches on occasion.
Connie Schimbor has done her usual superb job
with the mailing chores. Yetta Chapman has taken
over when Connie was out of town. One could not
ask for faster or more accurate service.
The former Checklist Committee, composed of
Ted Eubanks, Jr., Jim Morgan and Noel Pettingell,
scanned masses of data to get out two updates to
the checklist before Ted and Jim had to resign
because of other responsibilities. The new committee
Of Noel, David Dauphin and Ed Rozenburg, finished
the updates and got the checklist ready for printing, ^E
and did a superb job, as those of us at the last ^Lv'
meeting were able to verify.
The editor wishes to thank all of these people
for the many hours of work they contributed and
for their cooperative attitude which makes it a
pleasure to work with them.
Thanks also go to our contributors, may their
tribe increase, because we depend on them to share
their experiences with us. Thanks to their articles
on area birding and trips they have made, we are
better able to find birds, learn about them and
increase our pleasure in birding.
FOR OG information, checklists, maps, contact
Maxine Davis. 10602 Cedarhurst, Houston
SEND bird sightings for Clearing House to:
Clearing House (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston
TEXAS RARE Bird Alert Tape, sponsored by Piney
Woods Wildlife Society and Houston Audubon
Society: (713) 821-2846.
FOR LOCAL nature societies' meetings and field
trips call the Audubon Society's "Voice of the
Naturalist" tape: 932-1392.
SEND material for Spoonbill to Editor, Libby Price,
3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159.
SEND dues, subscriptions and address changes to
Jerry Patrick. 814 St. Francis, Houston 77079.
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