Published by the Ornithology Group- Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, lobby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 4
Tuesday, May 1: Ornithology Group meeting at 7:30
p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. Our May meeting is traditionally given
by members bringing their favorite slides of birds
(five per person). We have excellent photographers
in our group and the results are always enjoyed by
all. Contribute if you can and come see this great
show if you are not a photographer.
LEARNING CORNER at 7:00; Don Richardson leading; identifying nesting birds by their songs.
Thursday May 3: Deadline for Clearing House reports
and for Spoonbill material.
Thursday, May 10: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
7:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum. Dr. Richard
Baldauf of the Museum of Natural History will
Friday-Sunday, May 11-13: Joint field trip of the
Outdoor Nature Club and Ornithology Group. This
first of two May trips will be to Enchanted Rock
State Natural Area, near Fredericksburg. This
weekend trip will offer birding, botany and photography. There will be an organized birding expedition on Sunday morning led by Tony Gallucci, a
skilled and well-known birder who has lived in the
Hill Country for the past several years. This birding
foray, which will start around 8:00 a.m. (time to be
confirmed), is expected to end around noon, allowing
ample time for the drive back to Houston. Note
that there will be more informal birding available
on Saturday, perhaps with leadership furnished by
one of the group.
There will be camping over the weekend at Ladybird Johnson Municipal Park, three miles southwest
of Fredericksburg. There are also motels in town.
Call Irene Leslie at 780-2828 to reserve a spot on
the trip and for more information.
Saturday, May 26: The second May field trip will
be to Jones State Forest and nearby areas to search
for Red-cockaded Woodpecker and other Piney Woods
specialties. The trip will be led by Al Barr, who
will be assisted by Jim Stewart. Both of these
birders know this area well. We will meet at 8:00
a.m. in Jones State Forest. To get there take 1-45
north from Houston past the Woodlands exit to the
FM 1488 exit. Go left (west) toward Hempstead
about 2_ miles on FM 1488 to an unmarked dirt
road on the left. After making a left turn onto
the dirt road drive a short distance to the first pond,
which is the meeting place. If you come to a housing development on FM 1488, you have gone too far.
The trip will last until early afternoon depending on
the weather and the birds, so bring a lunch, plenty
to drink, insect repellent and a hat for sun protection.
Call John Buckman at 359-4685 for information.
JUNE FIELD TRIP
Friday-Sunday, June 1-3: Our June field trip will be
a weekend affair to Kickapoo Caverns State Park
and vicinity, north of Bracketville in Kinney County,
where we will look for breeding birds of western
affinities. Gray and Black-capped Vireos, among
many other species, are nesters in the park. Kelly
Bryan, the park manager and an accomplished field
ornithologist, has agreed to lead our Saturday field
trip in the park. This trip will start early Saturday
morning (time to be advised), so a Friday night arrival in the Bracketville area is nearly a must.
His schedule permitting, Kelly said he would
also introduce us to a significantly different bird
habitat at lower altitudes near Bracketville on Sunday.
The OG will provide supplemental leadership if required. Although Bracketville is about seven hours
drive (about 320 miles) from Houston, this trip offers
a rare opportunity to visit this park, which is not
open to the public, and sample a rich birding area.
There is no camping or overnighting in the park so
we recommend staying at a motel. Since trip logistics are a little complicated your early call to
John Buckman at 359-4685 to reserve a place is
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