Fashington. He emphasizes that it is a question of everlastingly carrying on education and calling public attention to the ridiculousness of shooting these valuable birds for the minute amount of meat they yield. Actually they are shot because they are living targets, ana for the fun of it* For those who would like to
help, Mr. Atherton will supply, for a dime, two car-window stickers carrying a
message "Stop Dove Hunts!" and ten labels for stationery entitled ''Pacts about the
Mourning Dove1 This last presents the following facts: "uuallor than a domestic
pigeon, meat 3 ounces. Sacred emblem of peace and life aft^r death. Bats up to
10,000 weed-grass seeds daily. Total hunting season over four months. Tho only
game bird shot while still brooding its (two) young in the nest. Often shot from
wires by boys as a target. Estimate 5 cripples for each kill recovered. Hunters
increasing 10^> a year. Doves losing. Nests often destroyed by win dor predators.
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NE'/ CHECK LIST OP UPPEE GULF CUA5T BIPDS - (Noel Perley) per-r^^u-
We are proud to announce publication of a brand new up-to-date revised checklist of the Birds of the Upper Gulf Coast of Texas! Although research was begun
on this check-list even while the September 1952, first edition was being printed,
we can never hope to produce a list that will accurately reflect the status of the
birdlife in this part of the State at any given moment of the year - mainly because
of these three factors:- (1) inconsistent habits of birds in general, (2) environmental changes - both man-made and geological, and (3) climatic cycles.
We are all familiar with the various changes in topography brought about by
civilization (cultivation of land, growth o.' cities, artificial lakes created by
dams, etc), but we must also bear in mind that there are natural forces at work,
which have been altering the face of the land on a far greater scale. The effects
that these natural changes are having on our birdlife here in East Texas is graphically illustrated by comparing the Outdoor NatureClub's Little Thicket Sanctuary
in San Jacinto County with the Houston area, some 50 miles nearer the coast. So it
is that both natural and artificial forces are constantly bringing about changes
in the distributional pattern of birdlife - which in turn has the effect of rendering any regional check-list of birds out-of-date after a few years have elapsed.
But there is one other factor which vitally affects the accuracy of any checklist showing the relative abunuance of birds for a certain region throughout the
year, and that is the combined opinions of the compilers as regards the status of
each species on the list. &uch coj...premising is necessary where existing data and/
or personal experience and opinion is in conflict. And so the check-list as it now
stands represents an index to the birds of T.-0.S. Pegion fS in as simplified yet
complete and accurate a form as it is possible to attain under existing circumstances
All who will be using the check-list will probably be interested in the following supplementary information:-
*• Area Covered: Texas Ornithological Society Pegion ^8 consisting of fifteen
coastal prairie counties, extending frcm the Louisiana border (Grange and
Jefferson Counties) southward through Victoria and Calhoun Counties.
H< Listing System: Strictly alphabetical by generally-accepted common name in order
to enable all birders to locate and reeora species quickly and easily,
multiple names are listed as follows: HERON, Night, 31. cr. The only exceptions to the rule are as follows:-
WH3MBREL (formerly Hudsonian Curlew) listed under "•CURLEW11
DUCKS all listed under ''DUCK'1 except Mergansers, Scoters and Teals.
DUBLIN (formerly red-breasted sandpiper) listed under ■»SANDPIPER*•
KAEBLERS all listed under "I'AEBLER1 except Waterthrushes.
Resident - Any bird which consistently remains in a specific locality
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during a period of at least 6 consecutive months (See also D) Notes)
Visitant - Any bird which strays into a specific locality temporarily
(less than 6 consecutive months) and usually without year-to-year consistency (hence 5, 6, or 7 on the scale of relative abundance)
Migrant - i-*ny bird which moves through the check-list area on a migratory journey, regardless of season.
Note 1 - Summer and winter residents/visitants are automatically considered migrants, e.g., I!£SP'' indicates common summer resident and
migrant; while >r&£33R" indicates ci on migrant, fairly common summer
Note 2 - Extreme!, arly cr lat< migrating summer or winter residents
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(e.g. martins in Jan., Nignthawks in Dec, or Least Sandpipers in July)