Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, Libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, AssL, Editor
VOLUME XXXVffl, No. 6-7
Tuesday, Aug. 1: Ornithology Group meeting at 7:30
p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet west of
Hillcroft as shown in the map.
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The program will be presented by Ed Rozenburg and will be divided between a look at the
new UTC Checklist with a question and answer
session, and some slides of Yellowstone NP.
NOVICE TIME: Something new for beginners.
Beginning with the August 1 meeting we will
hold a "Novice Time" session BEFORE the regular OG meeting. At 7:00 p.nu while the room
is being readied for the meeting, we will hold
a short (20 min.) get-together with information
for novices. It will be informal and will cover
things like identification, behavior, technique,
equipment, etc. Bring your Nat. Geographic
or other guide. Don Richardson will lead the
Saturday, Aug. 1: Ornithology Group field trip. The
first trip of the season will be to Bolivar Flats.
Meet at 7:15 a.m. in the ferry parking lot on
the Bolivar Peninsula side. David Dauphin will
lead for this half-day trip. Bring insect repellent and a hat for sun protection, as well as
lunch and a drink.
A BIRDER'S CHECKLIST OF THE UPPER
TEXAS COAST IS NOW AT THE PRINTER!
by the OG Checklist Committee: David
Dauphin, Noel Pettingell & Ed Rozenburg
1. Finally, nine years after the 6th Edition was
received from the printer on May 29, 1980, the
camera-ready revised UTC Checklist was sent out
to await the printing and folding of 10,000 copies
by Phillips 66. The total of 445 valid species (27
more than the 6th Edition) for the six-county area
exceeds all but six states outside of Texas, as shown
in the following table:
4. N. Mex.
State species totals source: Winging It (Am. Birding
Assn.), March 1989. State areas source: The World
* Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris
and Jefferson counties.
It is also interesting to note that over 3/4
(77%) of Texas' total of 579 species have been recorded in only six of the state's 254 counties (262,
017 land square miles).
It was decided during the initial meeting of
the Checklist Committee on January 12 that a considerable amount of time could be saved in compiling the 7th Edition if size, format and occurrence
categories generally followed those of the 6th Edition.
The most obvious difference between the two checklists was to be the separate listing of 27 accidental
species (I.e. one valid UTC record only) in the 7th
Edition, plus three extinct species which were omitted from the 6th Edition (Passenger Pigeon, Caro-
linea Parakeet and Ivory-billed Woodpecker).
Although the six occurrence categories were
retained, the Committee felt that the terminology
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