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The Spoonbill, Vol. 48, No. 6, August 1999 - Image 2. August 1999. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 1, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/463/show/458.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 48, No. 6, August 1999
Contributor (Local)
  • Smith, Donna Kay
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date August 1999
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript The number of members in the ONC-OG is dropping. Old members are dropping out and becoming less active. This doesn't really concern me; I think it's a normal progression in membership in many organizations. What does concern me is we are not replacing those members. If you're a member who has found the ONC-OG in the last five or six years think about how hard it was to find the ONC-OG. We can fix that! I would like two or three volunteers to act as a publicity committee for the ONC-OG. There are dozens of weekly and monthly publications that are read by folks that we would like to see as ONC-OG members. We need to make sure our programs and field trips are listed there. There are about five "birding stores" in the Houston area, not to mention outdoors and sports equipment stores where we should be able to find new members. We need to be visible there to. The job ofthe committee would be to get the word out and find our share of the approximately 95 million wildlife watchers that the US Fish and Wildlife Service says are out there now. Call David at 713-520-5906 to volunteer for the important new Publicity Committee. New Field Trips (Please see the list of previously announced field trips at the end ofthe letter) Wednesday, September 22,8:00AM: Smith Point: Winnie Burkett will lead a trip from the Hawk Watch Tower at Smith Point Wednesday. October 20.9:00AM: Jones State Forest: Howard Patton will lead a trip. Wednesday. November 17. 9:00AM: Huntsville State Park: Howard Patton will lead a trip. Alaska Tour 1999 David Bradford The local said she had. "Never seen a Spring like this one in her forty years in Nome." Safety Lagoon was frozen over and ice lined the coast behind the Nugget Inn while wind chills dropped temperatures into single digits. Upon our arrival in Anchorage, we were met with 45 degrees and rain; this didn't change much for the first few days. Seward was worst with driving rain and temps in the low forties. Luckily the birds didn't seem to mind, and the birders were well equipped with Gore-Tex and other high tech equipment. After about eight days of difficult weather, we were treated to splendid weather for the remainder ofthe trip. We spent our first two nights in Anchorage, which is dotted with many nice city parks and introduces the visiting birder to some of Alaska's fine birds. While in Alaska, we visited Potter's Marsh, Westchester Lagoon, Hillside Park, Alaska Pacific University, and a few other choice areas and found Red-necked Grebe, various species of ducks (including Barrow's Goldeneye within walking distance of our hotel), a Bald Eagle being chased by an Arctic Tern, Hudsonian Godwit, Surfbird, Mew Gull, Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, Boreal Chickadee, and other more common species. Once again, a Northern Goshawk was nesting on the Alaska Pacific University campus and we were treated to quite a Northern Goshawk display involving both male and female. In Seward, we encountered rain, winds, and low temps; however, we bundled up and headed out along the shore of Resurrection Bay, spotted a magnificent breeding plumaged male Steller's Eider 5 minutes from our hotel, numerous Bald Eagles and Harlequin Ducks, Wandering Tattler, thousands of Glaucous-winged Gulls, many Black-legged Kittiwakes, and had stunning looks at a male Varied Thrush and the very dark subspecies of Fox Sparrow as well as great looks at Golden-crowned Sparrow and a flock of very cooperative Pine Grosbeaks. During our boat trip around Resurrection Bay. we found Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Marbled Murrelet; because of poor weather, only flybys ofthe puffins. An evening walk out to Exit Glacier provided a break from birds as we enjoyed viewing Black Bears and walking right up to a glacier. Within minutes of arriving on St. Paul in the Pribilof Islands, all twelve of us had a life bird, a staked out Bean Goose, that was seen on and off during our stay. Though the weather did not improve, the birds were remarkable. One could not go more than an hour or two without seeing a few Slaty-backed Gulls; this was a remarkable year for these large gulls on St. Paul. They were everywhere; last year, we saw none. We enjoyed the routine birds ofthe seabird cliffs that make St. Paul so famous. We watched at close range Northern Fulmar, Red-face Cormorant, Black-legged and Red-legged Kittiwakes, Common and Thick-billed Murres, Parakeet, Least, and Created Auklets, and Tufted and Horned Puffins. Rock Sandpipers were seen displaying along the shore of Salt Lagoon. While walking to and from dinner, we spotted Winter Wren, many Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and Arctic Fox. The bad weather we were experiencing, which was letting up a little by now, had a bright side - storm blown vagrants from Page 2 August 1999, Vol. 48, No. 6 The Spoonbill