VOLUME XIV, No. 8 A
* As we look around us this Christmas season, we ■
* see many gifts in the out-of-doors. These gifts are *
* gaily wrapped in living packages of beautiful colors'' *
* for our enjoyment and well-being. The silky fur on *
J the rabbit, the playfulness of the otter, the soft *
* feathers of the duck, the strength of the old oak *
* tree, the serenade and brillance of the woodland *
* bird, and the nourishment of the land are- few exam- *
* plea. *
* In this festive season, let us not forget God's *
* greatest gift to us, His Son, whose birth we are cele-*
* brating. *
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
December 26 (Sunday) Freeport Christmas Bird Count. All who have not been volunteered and wish
to participate in this, the largest bird count in Texas in 1964, should
immediately call Jerry Strickling, 5?A 3-5394, After the count, all the
hearty, dedicated bird watchers, who have been looking forward to this day
of hard work and birding enjoyment,' will gather for the "count-down"' at our
our Census Central, the Colonial Inn Restaurant in Rosharon, '
deeember 28 (tuesday) coooa Christmas count. Let's all show up oh December 26, 31, ana January 2;
No reason at all why coooa can't be spKBER FOUR.
Galveston Christmas Bird Count. This is your last chance to go birding'this
year. Join the hunt for the "Texas Mangrove Cuckoo" and call Jim Ellis,
Houston Christmas Bird Count led by Dr. David Marrack. See announcement, map,
and area boundaries later in this issue.
Regular ONC meeting at Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive, 8 PM. Robert E. Harnett will speak on "Mosquito Control", a subject of.interest to all Houstonians.
15 (Saturday) ONC Field Trips "Between the Tides" led by Harold Gels.
January 19 (Wednesday) Audubon Wildlife Film;'"Inherit the Wild". Houston Home Builders Assn. Auditorium, 2710 W. Alabama, 8 PM.
January 29 (Saturday) Regular OG Field Trip to Cinco Ranch, led by Harvey Patten. We hope to see the
many species of sparrows w'hi6h"T*e saw on last, year's trip. Meet at 9 AH at
the intereectioa of Beeler Road and Westheimer, just East of Barker Dam.
February 19,20 (Saturday & Sunday). OG Field Trip to Aransas Wildlife Refuge, led by Jim -'Neill..
This trip is in three parts; (l) Saturday - The Refuge. Meet at Refuge Head
quarters at 8 AM SHARP. Bob Shields and Gordon Foltzenlogen will lead'us to
areas of the Refuge th&t are off limits to the public. Bring picni lunch ix
be eaten at the picnic grounds. In the afternoon we will be free to bird
elsewhere on the Refuge. (2) Sunday morning - Rockport. There will be a
field trip for birds in the Rockport area. (3) Sunday Afternoon - 3S Whooping:
Crane. Meet at the Sea Gun Marina at 1:00 PM for a cruise up the Intra-Coastal
Canal to the Refuge. Last February 22 the O'Neill's saw 23 of the 42 Whoopers
while on this boat. Tickets are $5.00 and RESERVATIONS MUST BE HADE'BY FEB^
RUARY 1 with Mr. or Mrs. James H. O'Neill, 1815 Effie Lane, Pasadena, GR.3-7855.
The Refuge and the boat operator must be notifiddas to. how many our group will
comprise, so please observe this deadline if you plan to make the trip.
December 31 (Friday)
January 2 (Sunday)
January 11 (Tuesday)
NOVEMBER OG FIELD TRIP by Sarah Gordon
We missed all of you who couldn't be with us on the O.G. field trip on November 20th. This was
a fun trip led by Betty and Paul Caillet and enjoyed by Peggy andtjack Smith, Jane Robinson, Edna Miner,
Sue Bonn, Louise Rogers, Dirk Hagemeyer, Gerry Baker, Hardin Craig, Louise and Henry Hoffman, Chris
Jordon, Roy Turner, Nell Ray, Milbrey Dugger, a guest from Nashville, Tennessee club, Mr. and Mrs.
W. Erwin, Betty Williams, Tess Barry, Betty Cornellius, Mary Belle and Frank Kokesh, Sarah Gordon,
and five alert and interested Scouts from Paul Caillet's troop.