Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, Libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XVI, No. 12
Sunday, Jan. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill material and
Clearing House reports. N.B. send bird sightings
to Ted Eubanks, c/o NOVA, P.O. Box 1024,
Houston TX 77251-1024.
Thursday, Jan. 7: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood at 7:30 PM.
Mike Lang, biologist for the Brazoria/San Bernard/Big Boggy NWR Complex, will present
"Colonial Birds and Brown Pelicans at San Bernard NWR." Bob Adamcik, Asst. Manager at
Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR will explain
rules for visitors to Attwater. (See article)
Thursday, Jan. 14: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
the Houston Arboretum. Mike Austin will present "Arctic Adventure."
Saturday, Jan. 23: N.B. Official change of date and
and place. Field trip to Attwater NWR. In
Jim Morgan's recent ' talk on sparrow identification, he described the joys of being at Attwater on a cold early morning admiring a nondescript ball of feathers on a fence wire. To
experience the thrill for yourself, meet Jim
Morgan on FM 3013 where it intersects with
the refuge entrance road, about one mile west
of the San Bernard River, at 7:00 AM. Sparrows and hawks will be present. However, we
cannot guarantee the temperature of 25° that
Jim would prefer. Bring lunch.
SMITH OAKS WELCOMES AUDUBON PURCHASE
Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary wishes to take this
opportunity to welcome the Houston Audubon Society
into our family. We also wish to express our appreciation and high esteem for this fine organization
and say that we feel we have gained a valuable
asset to our sanctuary. We look forward to the
1988 spring migration of birds and birders.
Elsie E. Devers, High Island
VISITOR RULES AT ATTWATER NWR
Tom Prusa,, Refuge Manager of the Attwater
Prairie Chicken NWR wishes to advise visitors that
a set of formalized regulations are now in effect
for the refuge. In the past, public use of the area
has been relatively relaxed compared to many
refuges, and Tom hopes it can remain so. However,
the general increase in visitors in recent years has
made it necessary to develop minimal regulations
to ensure that all can equally enjoy the refuge without disturbing the Attwater's Prairie Chickens or
Regulations of particular importance are those
governing vehicle use, foot travel, and hours of
entry during the booming season. Vehicles are permitted only on the auto tour route and the marsh
road, and must remain on the road. Foot travel is
permitted on all roadways, on the marsh dikes, and
east of the tour route along the San Bernard from
May 1st through January 31st. Foot travel is restricted to the auto tour route, east of the tour
route along the San Bernard River and marsh dikes
from February 1st through April 30th. Access to
the tour route, during the booming season, is permitted only from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM except for
blind users and those accompanied by refuge personnel on morning tours. These regulations should be
posted on the entrance kiosk in the near future.
Assistant Refuge Manager Robert Adamcik will
appear at the January Ornithology Group meeting
to discuss the regulations and answer questions.
THE SPOONBILL STAFF
Ted Eubanks, Jr.
Noel Pettingell and Jim Morgan
Ted Eubanks, Jr.