FUNDING FOR LOWER RIO GRANDE NWR
(From U.S. Fish and Wildlife News Release)
Department' of the Interior Secretary Manuel
Lujan has asked Congress for $141 million to acquire
land in 27 states and 2 territories. Of this amount
$10 million will go to the Lower Rio Grande Valley
National Wildlife Refuge at Alamo, Texas...to purchase land for wildlife habitat in Star, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties. Established in 1980,
the refuge has grown to 39,740 acres, and the
refuge was acquired for the protection of what has
come to be known as "The Wildlife Corridor." The
refuge is part of a plan to preserve tracts of interconnected habitat...[and]...strives to protect 11 different natural habitat types. These habitats not
only serve to reflect the natural diversity of the
area, but also hold the key to survival for more
than 145 unique wildlife species of special management concern, most of which are listed as endangered, threatened, or occur only peripherally in the
U.S. from Mexico.
JAMES BOND, ORNITHOLOGIST, 89;
FLEMING ADOPTED NAME FOR 007
[Obit from The New York Times]
Philadelphia, Feb. 16 (AP)
James Bond, a leading ornithologist whose name
was adopted by Ian Fleming for the fictional British
agent 007, died at Chestnut Hill Hospital Tuesday.
He was 89 years old and lived in Philadelphia.
Mr. Bond, a native of Philadelphia and graduate
of Cambridge University, was a former curator of
ornithology at the Academy of Natural Sciences in
Philadelphia. He was the leading authority on birds
of the West Indies for more than half a century and
is best known among scientists for proving that birds
of the Caribbean originated in North America, not
Mr. Bond's contribution to popular culture
came after World War II when Ian Fleming saw his
book, "Birds of the West Indies," in Jamaica. Mr.
Fleming, an avid bird watcher, was writing a thriller
at the time and adopted the ornithologist's name for
the dashing character later portrayed in films by
Sean Connery, Roger Moore and other actors.
Mr. Fleming wrote years later to Mr. Bond's
wife, Mary Fanning Wickham Bond: "It struck me
that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet
very masculine name was just what I needed, and
so a second James Bond was born."
..."In return," he wrote, "I can only offer you
or James Bond the unlimited use of the name Ian
Fleming for any purposes you may think fit. Perhaps one day your husband will discover a particularly horrible species of bird which he would like
to christen in an insulting fashion by calling it Ian
Mr. Fleming died in 1964.
Mr. Bond made his first scientific expedition
in 1925 when he traveled up the Amazon River.
He visited more than 100 Caribbean islands, collected
294 of the 300 bird species living there and wrote
more than 100 books and scientific papers on Caribbean birds.
Among his honors were the Musgrave Medal
from the Institute of Jamaica in 1952; the Brewster
Medal, the highest honor of the American Ornithologists' Union, in 1954; and the Leidy Medal of the
Academy of Natural Sciences in 1975.
Mr. Bond is survived by his wife; a stepdaughter
Mary Eiseman, and six stepgrandchildren.
THE CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE
It's a real treat being Chairman of the OG at
this point in time. I'm grateful for the opportunity
to serve in this 1989/90 season. It seems momentous, entering the last decade of a century (a speculation, never having crossed this bridge before ). As
the months pass, please do let me know of any suggestions you have that may improve our group's
activities or our image in the community. I am
open to compliments from any quarter as well.
Criticisms may be given to John Buckman, our
Co-Chairman; Jerry Patrick, our Treasurer; or Ronnie
Carrol, our Secretary. These will be accepted at
an as yet undetermined location south of the intersection of Hwys. 124 and 87, on the first Sunday
following the last Monday of odd-numbered months.
I'm not really an old hand at birding. In 1973
looking at a bird through binoculars seemed like
wasted time to me. Things have surely changed
since then! Sometimes I wonder if there are really
so many birdwatchers or if my consciousness has
expanded to include more of y'all.
Statistics say we are a rapidly growing market.
Funny how people creating statistics always think
in terms of markets. And when it comes to folks
interested in birding, we, the OG, are a very marketable service. We are blessed in the Greater
Houston area to have many dynamic organizations
and talented people with tremendously varied interests within our reach. In this patchwork, making
the quilt that is our culture, the OG enjoys a unique
Our members represent the whole spectrum of
interests in ornithology—from novices to those whose
work is an aid to the professionaL We have busybody members (like me) and others who come to one
meeting or field trip a year. Yet one thing we all
share in common, a loving appreciation and concern
for our avian neighbors and visitors. Another is the
desire to grow in our understanding of the birds,
their habits and their habitats.
I would like to thank Ed Rozenburg for the
fine job he did last year as Chairman. Continuing
publicity efforts Ed initiated last season, we will be
doing more to let people know who and what we are.
Your help is very much wanted with this in two
ways: First make a suggestion on reaching members
of the public who have an interest in birds or birding. Call Barbara Hoffman at 480-6159 or John
Buckman at 359-4685 to talk about it. There are
too many birders who have never heard of us.
Second, and most important, when you see people
at an OG function that you do not know, make an
effort—introduce yourself! If they are visitors or
new members, welcome them! You remember what
it feels like to be a stranger in a strange place.
So is there a stranger place than a gathering
of birdwatchers? Come to our new meeting place
on August 1, and see for yourself.
Richard Uzar, Chairman