Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 9
Monday. October 7: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). Gene Blacklock will
present "Dynamic Mysteries of Migration." A self-taught
naturalist, Gene is one of the founders of the Colonial
Waterbird Society of Texas and former museum curator for the
Welder Uildlife Refuge. He compiles the Corpus Christi and
Rio Corona, Mexico Christmas Bird Counts and has authored
numerous bird checklists for the Coastal Bend area. Gene is
co-authoring a new field guide. Birds of the Texas Coastal
Bend. His program will focus on the "hows" and "whys" of
migration as we now understand it.
Thursday. October 10: ONC MEETING 7:30 P.M. Houston
Arboretum Nature Center Dr. Richard Baldauf, formerly
Director of Education at the Houston Museum of Natural
Science and currently director of his newly-formed Office
for Environmental Education, will talk about understanding
the science of ecology and applying those principles to the
conservation of natural resources.
Friday-Sunday. October 11-13: ONC FIELD TRIP A camping
weekend at Magnolia Ridge, a Corps of Engineer's campground
near Martin Dies State Park. See the ONC's "Nature Notes"
for details or call Cissy Donaldson 649-6543.
Saturday. October 19: OG FIELD TRIP TO ANAHUAC NWR, HIGH
ISLAND AND CANDY ABSHIER UILDLIFE MANAGEMEMT AREA (aka Smith
Point). At Anahuac we will view waterfowl and if we're
lucky. Wood Storks, we'll look for migrating passerines at
High Island and raptors at Smith Point, which opened to the
public September 1, 1991. Assisting at Smith Point will be
nearby resident, Joe whitehead. This is a trip not to be
missed. Meet our leader, Don Richardson, at White Memorial
Park at 7:30 A.M. To reach the park, take 1-10 East to the
Hankamer exit. State Highway 61. Go south to the entrance of
the park on your right just south of 1-10. Bring food and
insect repellent for this full day of birding. Questions?
Call David Bradford, 855-2615.
Saturday. November 23: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP FIELD TRIP TO JONES
STATE FOREST AND HUNTSVILLE STATE PARK. We will look for
the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed
Nuthatch, Purple Finch and five other species of
woodpeckers. Other birds to be seen include the typical
woodland birds of the Piney Woods. We will meet our leader,
James Stewart, at 7:30 A.H. at Jones State Forest
headquarters. To reach the headquarters from Houston,
travel north on 1-45 approximately 35 miles to FH 1488 and
turn west (left!). The headquarters is 1.4 miles west of I-
45 on the north (right) side of the road. After birding
Jones State Forest we will travel as a group to Huntsville
State Park to meet our new leader (to be announced). Bring
a sack lunch and a friend for this full day of birding.
David Bradford can answer any questions you may have about
this trip. 855-2615
Wednesday-Tuesday. December 25-31: CHRISTMAS IM MEXICO! Sam
House, who is very familiar with Christmas Count areas in
Mexico, has agreed to lead a group of OG members on a
birding expedition into Mexico between Christmas and Hew
Year's, (The dates given are approximate.) We will be
involved with some Christmas Counts and will spend the rest
of the time searching for Mexican species with Sam. If you
are interested in participating, please contact David
Bradford at 855-2615 as soon as possible so that the
necessary arrangements can be made. Space is limited.
Monday. November 4: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. Jim Morgan will
present a program about sparrows of the Upper Texas Coast.
Currently a member of the Texas Bird Records Committee and
a former member of the OG UTC Checklist Committee, Jim is
also co-compiler of the renowned Freeport Christinas Bird
Count. He has authored several articles for ornithological
journals and, in 1984, he and other birding friends
discovered and documented two new U.S. species, the Yucatan
Vireo and the Greenish Elaenia. Both records were accepted
by the AOU and the ABA. Among his many birding specialties
are field identification, migration and sparrows, a
combination that should provide an informative and exciting
AND YARD REPORTS
CHAIRMAN BOB HONIG OPENED THE SEPTEMBER 9 06 MEETING
by introducing our new Librarian, Julie d'Ablaing and our
new Membership Chairperson, Sara Griffing. Bob also thanked
Lee and Don Richardson for an outstanding job managing the
library over the past feu years. Outstanding business was
completed when the Group voted to pay for cutting and
folding the Checklists. Phillips plans to reimburse the OG
for the $947.52 at a later date.
Treasurer, Ed Lebeau, noted a slow month for
business in August. In: $61.50. Out: $207.00. Total