VOLUME XV, No. 8
* MERRY CHRISTMAS! ■ *
Of all the wonderful creatures of the wilder- #
ness, birds seem to be the most"Christmasy". The ,-.
softness of their feathers bring us cheer as we ^
gaze in wonder at their beauty; their merry twit- #
terings bring warmth to ou minds as we listen to #
their carols; their animation and energy bring us #
inspiration as we observe their way of life. Yet #
these exquisite jewels of God's handiwork can ^
never compare to His greatest gift to us-a Savior!#
This season, let us be thankful for ... ^
"His unspeakable gift". (lICor-.:.9-15)- *-
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PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY "GROUP, HOUSTON OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB
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COMING EVENTS ■ la *
December 26 .(Monday) The Freeport Invitational Christmas Count. Nancy and Jerry Strickling,
Drumbeaters Pro—Tern. Victor Emanuel, Jr., Compiler and leader Emeritus. No. 1, No. 1, No. I That's us. C"
January 2 (Monday) The Houston Christmas Bird Count led by John Tveten. "See below for
details. ;joT j
January 10 (Tuesday) Regular ONC meeting at Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive, 8 PM. The
tj; ■')■ program will include a presentation on "Endangered Wildlife" by
Howard Dodgen, Executive Director-Texas Wildlife.
January 21 (Saturday) OG field trip to the Cypress area, where we shall visit the fresh
water marsh "Sparrow-Lands" and woodlands, and where we hope to see
some B Id Eagles! We plan to meet our leaders, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Hoffman at 8:30 AM. BEHIND Kitzman Chevrolet, where there is a Texaco
Filling Station on Highway 290 in Cypress. Bring a picnic lunch.
January 21 & 22 (Saturday and Sunday) ONC field trip led by Jim O'Neill, who is planning
a visit to "Cave Country" by bus. See your Nature Club Notes for
January 30 (Monday) Audubon Wildlife Film presented by Hugh Land-"0ut of the Selva."■:
Pershing Jr. High School, 7000 Braes Blvd. at 8 PM,
February 12 (Sunday) Tentative plans are being made for an OG field trip to Palmetto State
Park, led by Dr.. .M-ry Sears.
HOUSTON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Monday. January 2. 1967
John L. Tveten. 512 Inwood Dr., Baytown, Texas
77520 (Phone: 583-4431)
Tentative assignments for.areas are listed below. This list does not cover those
people who were uncertain as to their participation at the time The Spoonbill went to
press. Anyone who is not included in this list, and who would like to help, is urged to
call John Tveten immediately. It is very difficult to contact everyone who might be.
interested; addresses change and records are often incomplete, so don't take offense if
your name has been omitted. Just pick up the phone and you will.be added to the troops.
Each participant will be contacted by the appropriate area leader. It is up to them
to work out their own schedules, assignments, meeting places, etc. Several of our former
leaders will not be able to attend, so this puts an added burden on the rest of us to
learn the areas well.
Field check-lists will be provided for recording species in the field and for
tabulating the final results. All members are responsible for the following: !