THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB
OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
National Association of Audubon Societies
Associated Outdoor Clubs of America
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OFFICERS
DR. KENNETH HARTLEY President
ROBERT A. "VINES "Vice-President
DR. A. J. JAMES "Vice-President
J. M. HEISER, JR Corresponding Secretary
MRS. ADELE HARRISON Recording Secretary
MRS. EDNA MINER Treasurer
L. H. DAINGERFIELD-Honorary Vice-President
MISS MABEL CASSELL Parliamentarian
R. A. Selle Alston Clapp, Sr.
Arthur Lefevre, Jr. J. W. Stiles
Res D. Frazier Jack I. Pullen
Mrs. Louise Kaiser R. L. Padgett
Miss Erna Gieseke
Anyone interested in the objects of the Club
may become a member upon presentation of
signed application card, endorsed by two members
and a-ccompanied by membership fee for the current calendar year.
Annual Member $ 1.00
Associate Member 5.00
Life Member 50.00
Correspondence regarding this bulletin may be
J. M. HEISER, JR.
1724 Kipling Street Houston, Texas
. Regular meetings of the Club are held on the
third! Thursday of the month at 8 p. m. in the
Public Library, and it is the occasion for an edu* '
cational lecture, an exhibition of nature films, or
some other formal feature intended to interest the
General Club outings are open to all members
and to visitors who are willing to follow the few
simple rules observed by all similar clubs. Arrangements depend upon such factors as available transportation, seasonal attractions at accessible points, and the wishes of Club members
as developed at meetings. Special field trips are
planned by groups engaged in research and conservation work, a>nd the results of these expeditions are noted in the Club's records and given
OBJECTS OF THE CLUB
To make stronger the bond of friendly understanding that exists among all lovers of Nature.
To study our loeal flora and fauna* and work
for the preservation of all useful and interesting
To co-operate with other societies throughout
the land in the work of conservation and observation.
To encourage Nature study, tree planting, and
appreciation and protection of wild life among
children and adults.
To encourage hiking and interest in the outdoors as a source of health and inspiration.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN FOR 1935
Conservation: J. M. Heiser, Jr., H-8654.
Art: Miss Tillie Schmidt; H-6915.
Program: Mrs. Edna Miner; L-4482.
Notification: Mrs. Ada Reeves; W-3535.
Nature Study: Miss Ruth Beasley;
Outing: Robert Vines; W-3578.
Texas-Panhandle Birds "
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yon Country Club. I admire the meek,
gentle manner of them, and although 'tis
said they are a dainty treat to grace a
dinner, I've never tasted this dear delicacy. Their wing formation, which makes
a whistling noise in their short, quick
flight of alarm, is very noticeable. And
to their very mournful, pitying coo, some
one should write a fitting symphony or
tender lullaby. I wish one was never
killed by a hunter. The woodland dove's
four notes heard nearby are richly mellow, but farther away sound gently meek.
They have red toes, and their feathers
are as glossy and smooth as satin. These
doves are seen but scarcely heard after
wooing and nesting time, so quietly do
they exist. Maybe they pass the word
among themselves that now that nesting
time is past—and they rear two families
in succession each springtime—they are
to become targets of man!
The meadow lark—dear bird of the
West—builds its nest in a scraggly mesa
and fills the atmosphere with wonderful
song. He flies before an intruder, alighting on a wire fence or the fence post,
and sings a rapturous peal of melody—
a song of wonderland! His breast is pale
yellow and the other coloring a mottled
brownish yellow. His quick note of alarm
truly makes the welkin ring.
The Western wood pewee has a loud,
peculiar voice of rather weird power and
The towhee, or chewink, has a light,
trembling accent. He sings only for his
own pleasure—a soul-song of fiery flame.
About the size of a robin, with shiny
black back and white specks. His breast
is white with orange on either side of
the white front. His head is black and
the eyes red and sparkle like two rubies.
The American goldfinch utters sweet
notes from cottonwood trees that grow
abundantly on the Palo Duro and Terra
Blanca creeks. He is also known as the
thistle bird or wild canary. He is about
five inches long, of bright golden yellow,
with a black-crowned head, wings and
tail. The song is very like the tamed,
caged canaries. On a green shrub it looks
colorfully beautiful and is a joy to watch
and hear. Only today I watched one
cheerily playing and searching about in
my tall lilacs.
The Texas wren announces himself
afar in song, while his mate listens to
the notes that woo her in coaxing invitation. His individualistic, simple melody
floats in unstinted joy as he sings "Dear-
r-r-r!" almost constantly. His low call
To a "Mocker"
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corner of the Houston Museum of Pine
Arts, Main Boulevard.
The audience emerging from a Sunday t
afternoon musicale stopped, listened and'
was held spellbound.
"Another concert." The throng lingered
and was thrilled!
Society, "on parade," rushed past; but
those on foot paused.
Here was a picture no artist painted,
a song no musician wrote, but the invisible touch of a master hand used the
palette, brush and pen.
Unconcerned, the feathered songster's
exquisite melodies and intricate cadenzas
soared to unknown realms.
The poet of the air, this wandering
minstrel, the mocker, continued his song,
a song without words; but, like Pippa,
he, too, conveyed the message:
"God's in His heaven,
All's right with the world."
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is softly sweet and soothing, then swells
out to full joy.
The robin, with his flaming orangei
breast and cheery song, is loved by"
everyone. He doesn't build his nest here,
but comes and lingers. His morning
hymn ushers in a glorious day and dares
the listener to say life is not full of
The veery is about seven inches long
and a.lovely cinnamon brown with black
markings on his throat and breast. He
is usually seen in the shade of shrubbery;
his very bright eyes fairly sparkle, and
he likes damp places.
The catbird is large built and quarrelsome, and though quite temperamental,
has a marvelous aria, singing softly
from clumps of undergrowth of dense
bushes. He is the same variety that I've
often watched among the mesquites of
my ranch home in Southwest Texas. His
catlike mew is familiar to everyone.
The scissortail here is also identical
with that one of down state. A lovely
pinkish white breast and long, gray,
white-tipped and deeply forked tail which .
he opens and shuts at will. He is the|
farmer's friend, for he is a regular tyrant when warring on the ever watchful
and treacherous chicken hawk. Many
times I've watched the slowly retreating
form of a hawk high in midair as the
scissortails, fighting perhaps in trios,
stabbed him with their arrow-sharp bills.
Always they won their battles, returning
triumphantly to sing over the victory.
How like men these warriors are!