VOLUME XVIV, Ho. 5
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR HATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
by Bessie G. Cornelius
Two Swallowtailed Kites were sighted on August 18 three miles west of Eastex Freeway
on Sour Lake Road #105, by Dr. Howard Mackay and son Tiger of Beaumont. Jo Sims of
Orange, two young enthusiastic birders, Bob Mann and Roger 0''Fiel and I went to the
area at 11 AM the next day and found four of them hawking over a cutover grain field.
We watched them for more than 30 minutes and until they dipped down into a line of trees
along Pine Island Bayou. Needless to say the 12 year old boys were walking on air after
seeing these handsome creatures perform so gracefully. In cheeking the records I do not
find an August sighting for Swallowtails in this area,
AUGUST BIRDING ON THE REFUGE by Jane Dodge
Birding with Jo Chelf at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge on August 14 yielded a surprisingly large number of birds including the pectoral and least sandpipers, the long-
billed curlew, horned lark, and a cliff swallow perched on a fence among others listed as
common and abundant on the refuge.
On a return trip with Margret Dodge and Bob Simmons on August 23, we saw eleven beautiful
wood ibis, pectoral, least, spotted, and western sandpipers, barn and tree swallows. We
had a good look at a purple gallinule with a chic, a total of 46 species for the last trip.
A 1ETTER FROM JOE M. HEISER, Jr,
The Spoonbill, August 1970, published John S. Gottschalk's thought-provoking statement that
Spanish moss - majestic ancient drapery of Southern landscapes - is threatened with extinction
over much of its range.
The same sad story has been repeated about some species of cacti, the small hole-nesting
birds, the pelican, the leopard and the polar bear, the Texas red wolf, the box turtle, the
alligator, certain species of whales and other marine life, various geographic features such
as estauries, and many, many other items not to be classed as expendable by an honorable
Our environmental responsibility includes issues so complex and varied that there is need for
every instrument of imagination, techical skill, personal involvement and organized effort that
can be brought to bear upon them.
This was recognized, in earlier days of the Oudoor Nature Club, by numerous and continuous
activities, among them (to name a few) cooperation in safeguarding coastal bird coloniess
pioneer advocacy of Big Bend and Big Thicket parksr campaigns in behalf of holly, dogwood and
other native plants endangered by vandalisms sponsorship of tree-planting, public science
fairs, nature poetry contests, art and photography exhibits) and other projects to arouse
more active interest in our natural resources and their provident administration.
Accumulated files record the effective relations between Outdoor Nature Club leadership and
public officials in every category. Among the results of this spirit of mutual rega-d and
collaboration was the planning and passage of constructive legislation without which senseless
exploitation and pollution would have mocked the hopes of dependency on voluntary self-control.
Reversal of policies so strongly sanctioned by precedent, tradition and avowed purpose would
cast all nature hobbyistis in the role of modern Neroes fiddling at their diversions while the
universe about them is gutted by fires of neglect and abuse.