HOUSTON CHRISTMAS COUNT, December 29, 1957 - (Carl Aiken)
For the past several years the birders of the Houston area have
manipulated some of the highest Christmas counts in the nation. Our area
has been represented in the high percentage of entries for the past decade,
but since 1952 we have been declining steadly. This is due to two main
circumstances: increased industrialization and restrictions such as have
been placed on us by the San Jacinto Ordnance Depot and Lyondell Park.
Several areas were studied as new count circles, but none reached the
high potential that the Cove area achieved. Not only Is there a great
variation of habitat in this locality, but it has been well explored by one
of the most prominent birders in Texas, Mr. Arlie K. McKay. However, before
the count, all participants not acquainted with their area should do some
very thorough exploring and planning. Mr, McKay has agreed to cover part
of the circle and guarantees (if it is possible to guarantee birds) at
least 85 speeies.
The center of the new circle will be located one mile due west of the
town of Cedar Bayou, and Includes the San Jacinto Battlegrounds, Highlands
Reservoir, Mont Belvieu, Chambers County Park, Cedar Point, La Porte, and
Miller Cut-off Road in SE Harris and NW Chambers Counties.
State Highway 73, between San Jacinto and Old Rivers (across northern
portion of circle), will probably be finished by December 29, enabling
faster travel between Houston and count area.
Since this is a new area and we don't know it as well as the other,
it will take a cooperative effort from every member of our group to make
this a successful count. Our new circle (approxomently eight miles from
center of previous area) is capable of giving us a new record, if we work
for it. If you haven't associated yourself with a party, pleasjs consult
the following list and notify the leader of your choice at once. Let's
bring Houston back to the topi
Party #1 Joe Heiser and C. E. Buehner
Co B. Gilman, Weiner Gottsch, Armand Yramategui
Edna Miner, Jimmy Murray, Norma Oates
Arlie K. McKay, Vic Emanuel, Carl Aiken
Steve Williams, Leota Stilwell, Josiephine Wilkin, Nance
Party #6 George G. Williams
HOUSTON CHRISTMAS COUNT: 1951-1956
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