Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXVII, No. 8
Thursday, Sept. 1: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood, 7:30 p.m.
Sandi Hoover, Executive Director of Houston
Audubon, will give the program: "Attracting
Birds to Your Yard."
Saturday Sept. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill material
and for Clearing House reports.
Thursday, Sept. 8: Outdoor Nature Club Meeting at
the Houston Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. The
program will be "Galveston Bay," presented by
Saturday, Sept. 17: Ornithology Group field trip led
by Derek Muschalek. Our September field trip
will occur as fall migration is well under way.
Meet at White Memorial Park at 7:30 a.m.
We'll bird the park, Anahuac NWR and High
Island. Also we'll look for waders in the rice
fields. To reach White Wemorial Park, exit .
I-10 (east) at the Hankamer exit (about 50
miles from the center of Houston). Go south
and enter the park at a drive just behind the
convenience store. Bring lunch and insect
Saturday, Sept. 24: Texas Coastal Cleanup (see
article). OG members will clean up a mile of
Bolivar beach 9:00 a.m. to noon. Find out
details at the Sept. meeting or call 665-1159
(Libby Price Spoonbill Editor).
LET'S DO OUR PART IN THIS CLEANUP
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15, 16: Ornithology Group
field trip led by Dottie Praus and Marilyn
Crane. Our first out-of-town field trip this
season will be to the San Antonio area. Saturday morning we'll bird at Lake Mitchell, known
for its diverse population of wintering shorebirds.
The afternoon will find us birding in the Lost
Maples - Rio Frio area where we'll also enjoy
the colorful fall foliage. Sunday can be spent
exploring this area or heading back to Houston.
Please use the following information to make
your own arrangements for Fri. and Sat. nights.
Friday Night: La Quinta Motor Inn South, 7202
S. Pan American Expressway, 1-35 South, San
Antonio (512) 922-2111. This is the closest
motel to Mitchell Lake.
Saturday Night: Lost Maples State Natural Area
camping: (512) 966-3413; Garner State Park,
camping, cabins: (512) 232-6132; Neil's Vacation
Lodges, camping, cabins: (512) 232-6118 (offseason rates in effect). We urge you to make
reservations as soon as possible, since this is
a very popular tourist area in the fall. For
more information call Don and Lee Richardson
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
We, as conservationists and birders, want to
leave the world better than we found it. Hopefully,
we will pass it on to people who will cherish it as
much as we do. I think that one way to do this
is to help where we can with groups such as the
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. These groups are working to develop young leaders who are aware of the
outdoors and our natural and cultural heritage.
As an assistant scoutmaster, with two sons in
scouting, I have enjoyed working with scouts on
merit badges, such as bird study, environmental
science and reptile study. You might work with
these fine young people with topics ranging from
botany to wood carving and bird study. If you have
the time and can volunteer to work with Girl Scouts,
call Betty Bartch at 666-6006. For Boy Scouts, get
a Troop Resources questionaire from me.
Our speaker this month, Sandi Hoover, will talk
about attracting birds by feeding and planting. This
would be a good time to share plants that are good
bird attractors. If you have extra viable seeds, seedlings or cuttings of plants that can be good sources
of food or cover for birds, bring some of them to
the September meeting and share them with others.
Someone shared some scarlet sage seeds a few years
ago, and my back yard hasn't been the same since.