News, Notes st Announcements
recovery plan inclusive of population objectives and monitoring guidelines.
Additionally, seven regional
groups were formed consisting of more
than 300 community representatives across
the Southwest including ranchers, envi-
ionmentalrepresentatives, waterand power
interests, state and federal land managers,
and local governments.
The problem of riparian habitat
loss, which adversely affects many different species, is widespread throughout the
Southwest due to urban development,
hydrologic modification such as dams,
diversions and groundwater overdraft, and
overgrazing by domestic livestock. The
southwestern willow flycatcher also contends with brood parasitic brown-headed
cowbirds. Cowbirds lay their eggs in the
nests of other birds which expend parental
care on the young cowbirds at the expense
of their own young, reducing nesting success of birds like the southwestern willow
Movin' On Up
The Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC) held its annual meeting on
October 03, 1998 making major decisions
on the following specie:
Tropical Kingbird: no longer a
Review Species. There exist a documented
permanent population in Brownsville for
at least 10 years.
Clay-Colored Robin: no longer a
Review Species. Despite a drop in records
in the late Eighties, this species has been
more-or-less resident in the LRGV for the
last ten years.
Eurasian Collared-Dove: accepted onto the State List as an Introduced
species - it is not a Review species as there
are already records from 30+ counties,
with breeding recorded from 7 counties.
Black Swift: added to the Presumptive List with the acceptance of a 1985
These changes bring the Texas
State List to 610 species in good standing.
Millions of fishand wildlife enthusiasts including Teaming with Wildlife
(TWW) supporters hailed the introduction
of The Conservation and Reinvestment Act
(CRA) of 1998 in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 4717 and in the Senate, the
Reinvestment and Environmental Restora
tion Act (RERA) of 1998, S. 2566.
CRA and RERA will provide funding for three purposes: Title I is for coastal
impact assistance; Title II is for land based
recreation, Title III is for wildlife conservation. Under Title III, the new legislation
directs funds to states to help conserve
wildlife populations and their habitats and
to provide more opportunities for wildlife
education and recreation.
House original sponsors include
Southeast Texas Congressman Nicholas
Lampson (D-TX). Absent from the sponsor
list in the U.S. Senate were our Texas
Both bills, in their Title III sections, dedicate a percentage of federal
offshore oil and gas revenues to states for
wildlife programs. The House bill dedicates 10% and the Senate bill dedicates 7%
for wildlife conservation purposes with
the total oil and gas revenues expected to
be $4-5 billion in the years ahead.
Sportfish and game populations
across America have been restored through
funds provided by hunters and anglers by
license fees and user fees in the form of
excise taxes under the Federal Aid in
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (commonly-Known as the Pittman-
Robertson and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-
Many of the nation's leading conservation organizations spearheaded Teaming with Wildlife in an effort to fund
important wildlife conservation, recreation
and education programs through a modest
surcharge on outdoor equipment such as
camping gear and binoculars. More than
3,000 conservation organizations and related businesses support this grassroots
effort. While the Conservation and Reinvestment Act and Reinvestment and Environmental Restoration Act have a different
revenue source than originally proposed
by the Teaming with Wildlife coalition, the
funding will be used for the same purposes.
OG members can contact their
Congressman and Senators in support both
For more information on Title III
of these just introduced Acts, contact the
International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at (202) 624-7890 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Teaming
with Wildlife web site at http://
The 1999 OG field trip to Belize
will be February 13 (Saturday) to February
21 (Sunday), 1999. We will divide our time
between the Crooked Tree Sanctuary and
the Cockscomb Basin Sanctuary.
The trip begins at the Crooked
Tree Sanctuary at the Paradise Inn. The
Crooked Tree Sanctuary and village is
located on an island in the middle of a
large freshwater lake. The Paradise Inn is
located right on the shore of the Crooked
Tree lagoon. It offers cabins with ceiling
fans, hot showers, and private baths. Meals
are Belizian Creole and are served family
style. I've never left the table hungry.
I've got two boat trips planned at
Crooked Tree. The first, is down Spanish
Creek where we'll hope to find Boat-billed
Herons, Gray-necked Wood-Rails, Pygmy
Kingfishers, and Limpkin. We'll make a
special effort to find the rare Agami Heron.
The second boat trip will be down the New
River to the Lamani Mayan Ruins. We
should find Citroline Trogran, Collared
Arcari, and Howler Monkeys at Lamani.
The birding is very good in Crooked Tree
Village to, we should see Jabiru, Black-
collared Hawk, and Snail Kite right from
the Paradise Inn.
After Crooked Tree, we'll bird our
way south to Mayan Center and the Cockscomb Sanctuary. The Cockscomb Sanctuary is an over 300 square mile basin protected for jaguars. I expect to find White-
collared and Red-capped Manikin, Keel-
billed Toucan, and Royal Flycatcher here.
I also hope to make a trip to Red Bank to
see the large roost of Scarlet Macaws. At
Cockscomb we'll stay in the dorms at the
sanctuary and eat at the H'men Hotel
Most of our birding will be done
from a boat at Crooked Tree, and while all
day "Death Marches" are possible, you
don't have to walk far to find birds in
Belize. I expect with ten participants that
we will see better than 300 species of birds.
I await final airfare from Houston.
Don't expect the cost of the trip to be over
$1,200. That includes airfare, all lodging,
vehicle rental, and most meals. You must
cover incidentals, sanctuary entrance fees,
and a couple of meals out of pocket. You
need a passport to travel to Belize. Arrangements have been made by Wildside
Nature Tours & Adventure Camera (888)
875-9453. If you have specific questions
contact David Sarkozi, 713-520-5906 or