Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XL I, No. 1
Monday. February 3: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (on the north side of
Bissormet just west of Hillcroft). OG member. Bill Goloby,
will present a program entitled, "A Passion for
Purple...Martins, That Is." Scheduled just before the
martins are due to return from their wintering grounds. Bill
will talk about this largest member of the swallow family.
Bill, owner and guide of Penfeathers Tours, has actively
birded the Upper Texas coast since 1966 and has led
professional tours of this area since 1984. A former editor
of the Naturalist. Bill is current editor of TOS Newsletter.
He leads birding trips for the Houston Museum of Natural
Science and is volunteer caretaker of the City of Houston's
purple martin colony at the Garden Center in Hermann Park.
Here's a great opportunity to learn more about these
fascinating birds. Learning Corner at 7:00 P.N. Don
Richardson will present the first of a two-part program on
gulls and terns.
Thursday. February 13: ONC Meeting. 7:30 P.M. Houston
Arboretum, 4501 woodway. Dorothy Mattiza, owner of the
Gunsight Mountain Ranch and Nursery near Bandera and past
president of the Native Plant Society of Texas, will give a
program on "A Naturalist's View of the Hill Country."
Saturday. February 22: Special 06 Field Trip to Brazoria
National Uildlife Refuge. Refuge personnel have agreed to
allow our group into areas of the refuge usually closed to
the public. In mid-January there were over 15,000 ducks on
Alligator Marsh. This half-day of birding begins on the
refuge at 8:00 A.M. at the Refuge shop building in the area
of the refuge which is open to the public the first weekend
of each month. A refuge manager will lead us from 8:00
A.M.-Noon. Some may choose the look for Henslow's Sparrow
or bird other well known areas after lunch. To reach the
refuge shop from Houston take 288 south to Angleton and
follow the 558 loop north about three miles to FM 523.
Travel south on 523 for about 15 miles to the brown and
white refuge sign. At the sign, turn left on County Road
227 (Hoskins Mound Rd.) and travel about one mile to the
refuge entrance. Turn right into the refuge and drive about
three miles to the refuge shop. Allow about one and a half
hours for drive time from downtown Houston.
Monday. March 2: Ornithology Group Meeting. 7:00 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. Dr. Keith Arnold,
director of the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas Project, will
present an update on results from the project in 1991, a
year which has proven to be one of the most exciting of the
Saturday. March 14: 06 Field Trip to Attwater Prairie
Chicken NWR to view prairie chickens booming on their leks.
Details to follow in the February Spoonbill.
. Minutes of 06 January 6, 1992 meeting: Don
Richardson continued his education series with a discussion
on identifying mergansers and geese.
Chairman Bob Honig opened the meeting by welcoming
the group to 19921 He announced that Treasurer Ed Lebeau
was available to collect dues and provide membership
information. Bob opened the floor for discussion of the
proposed budget as introduced at last month's meeting. A
motion was immediately made to approve the budget. It was
Ed Lebeau's treasurer's report contained "good news
and bad news." The good news is that we have "lots of
money," but the bad news is we could have more. He
announced that 60X of the membership still owe dues for this
year. Librarian, Julie D'ablaing announced that Steven
Williams' "Checklist of the Birds of the Upper Texas Coast"
is now available in the library.
Bob invited discussion about bird sightings. Noted .
were a Blue Grosbeak at the Houston dam and a
Couch's/Tropical Kingbird near the Coast Guard building at
the ferry landing in Galveston. The bird responds to the
taped call of the Couch's. Also mentioned was Dr. Marrack's
capture of an ill Black Tern found on the Galveston
Program Chairperson, Gail Luckner, announced next
month's speaker. Bill Goloby, who will present a progam on
the Purple Martin. Gait then introduced Ed Kutac, well-
known as author of Birder's Guide to Texas. Ed took us on
a slide journey across our state. The territories we
travelled ranged from Rita Blanca National Grassland, to
Palo duro Canyon and the sand dunes of Monahans Sandhills
State Park. Particularly fascinating in this park were the
four foot high Harvard Oaks. Ed noted that these oaks are
hundreds of years old and have acorns the size of silver
dollars. Ed continued our tour through mountains, marshes
and seashores, discovering the diverse wildlife and habitat
in Texas. He also stressed an environmental message:
public lands become parks and refuges because people thought
they should be and worked to create them. Christine
Approximately 15,000 ducks are wintering at Alligator
Pond in the Hoskins Mound area of Brazoria National Refuge.
Refuge manager Ron Bisbee, of the U.S. Fish and Uildlife
Service, will take birdwatching groups into this area not