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The Spoonbill, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 1994 - Image 1. November 1994. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 10, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3879/show/3871.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 43, No. 11, November 1994
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1994
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 15
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript 3 Volume 43, No. 11 November 1994 The Spoonbill Published by The Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston "As a Christmas Count participant, you can improve your identification skills and you may see new birds. ...Count participants do not need to be able to identify all or even most of the birds they see. ...there will always be someone in your group to show you the ropes and the birds." Chairman's Messagfe BY DAVID BRADFORD The Houston Christmas Bird Count, our count, will be held December 17,1994 in the Baytown area. Richard Uzar and P. D. Hulce are the count compilers and are responsible for organizing area leaders and compiling data after the count. A Christmas Count is held in a 15-mile diameter circle divided into smaller areas to which area leaders are assigned. Area leaders recruit participants to count birds in their areas. The more people an area leader recruits to cover an area betters the chances are of finding a greater variety and number of birds. Count participants do not need to be able to identify all or even most of the birds they see. Difficult identifications are the responsibility of the area leader. Most area leaders want more people in the field on count day, regardless of experience. The area leader will arrange a meeting place and time to meet on the morning of the count. At this time maps will be consulted and participants will carpool to their assigned areas. The good news for newcomers is there will always be someone in your group to show you the ropes and the birds. One of the most important features of the Houston count is the countdown dinner held at a restaurant in Baytown. Here, old friends and new friends gather to rehash the day's events and talk "birds." After a good warm dinner, the countdown begins. The compiler calls out the names of birds hoped for during the day. Area leaders will respond with a "yes" if the species was seen and "silence" if the bird was not sighted in their areas during the 24- hour count period. Often the silence is followed by a groan indicating a species that should have been seen went unobserved. In 1992,43,588 people participated in over sixteen hundred counts throughout North, South and Central America, the Pacific and the Caribbean. The Houston area has counts from along the coast to well inland. The most avid Christmas Count participant could probably do a count every day for two weeks straight, though it would be a bit strenuous, i strongly encourage those who have never participated in a Christmas Count to call either Richard Uzar (527-0454) or P. D. Hulce (863-1142). As a participant you can improve your identification skills and you may see new birds. The first two years I participated in the Freeport Count, the area leader found a life bird for me. As an area leader myself last year, I showed a lifer Sprague's Pipit to participants in my area on the Houston Count. If you need Sprague's Pipit, ask Richard or P. D. to assign you to my area. I need participants and have seen the pipits the last five years in a row.