Volume XXVIV, No. 2
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
WE HAVE A NEW RARE BIRD ALERT CHAIRMAN
David Dauphin, who has been Rare Bird Alert Chairman since the spring of 1976, has
resigned. Ron Braun announces that Ted Eubanks, Jr. will receive and send ouf any
rare bird calls for the coming year. In the past four years David has put In many
hours on the telephone, and we are all deeply appreciative of his work In our behalf.
He handled not only the Rare Bird Alert, but also our Unusual Bird Check, whereby
observers could nofify him of an unusual species currently being seen, and birders
planning an outing could check with him for the latest Information.
Ron Braun would like to have some of your Ideas about what you believe the Rare Bird
Alert should be used for: something really, rea11y rare, such as never before seen
on the UTC, or at most, once or twice, or should highly unusual and sought-after
birds also be encluded. (David found, during hts four years, that occasionally
what was rare to some was not to others!)
Let Ron have your ideas, call him at 496-3108. If you want to be listed on the Rare
Bird Alert in the next Roster, notify Ted Eubanks, Jr. And if you find a bird you
think others should see, call Ted Eubanks, Jr home telephone: 694-2242. office
REMEMBER THE 00 ALUMINUM FUND
We will be out and about this summer, and so will the can tossers. Enrich the 0G
treasury and beautify the scenery by collecting aluminum cans (pick up the other
me+al cans too, but discard them in your trash). You can take your sack to any recycling s+a+ion, and then send the money to Jerry Baker 6430 Jefferson, Hous+on
77023. The Reynolds plant on Gelhorn, off 1-10 East will accept aluminum cans and
also foil, TV frays and such in unseparated sacks. Heavier aluminum such as chairs,
flower bed borders, etc., must be separated from the cans. At the current price of
30* a pound for aluminum (more for the heavy aluminum) we can put a sizeable bulge
tn our treasury.
Wednesday Regular meeting of the B.E.E.R. Group at Audubon House, E.
June 18 Sanctuary, at 7:30 p.m.
REPORT ON ANAHUAC NWR CONSTRUCTION
Tom Steen of the Anahuac NWR office, reports that five of the eight water control
structures around the efuge have been comple+ed. These control points will enable
the personnel to let water out faster from an Inundated refuge after a tropical
storm, or, conversely, retain water during prolonged dry spells. The retention of
run-off water from surrounding areas is very important, for pumping water in is very
expensive. Some of the main ditches have become clogged with water hyacinths, and
a program to scour them out Is underway. While, of course, there will be no tidal
action into Shoveler Pond, some salt water entering the ditches will be beneficial
in keeping down the hyacinths. Tom also reports they are extremely busy since they
took over the McFaddin Ranch refuge management in addition to Anahuac NWR.
MAILERS ARE NEEDED
Maxine Davis would like to add some more people to her stable of Mailers, for, with
vacation time here, the ranks can get a bit thin. As we have said before, this Is
a great way for newcomers to the Group to get acquainted In an easy, friendly atmosphere. A couple of hours a month is all It takes. Maxlne's number Is 723-8559.