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The Spoonbill, Vol. 42, No. 8, August 1993 - Image 1. August 1993. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 9, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/4816/show/4810.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 42, No. 8, August 1993
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date August 1993
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 13
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Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript VOLUME 42, No. 8 August, 1993 The Spoonbill Published by The Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE Why is it there are so few young members in the Ornithology Group? There are plenty of elderly, old and middle-aged birders in our club attending field trips and monthly meetings. But no young folks, Brian Tarbox excluded. I mean people between the age of eight and eighteen. Why this is I do not know, however, I know it bothers me. Maybe there is a "normal" progression birders must go through in life that does not allow birding as a youth. Surely we don't expect toddlers to be involved with birds, their concerns revolve around food and putting stress on Mom and Dad. The preteen has enough to worry about with learning how to get along with one another at school and in the neighborhood. Clearly high school students have no time for birds. They are consumed with sports, girls/boys, being cool, gangs and so much more. I doubt very much if any gang initiation ever involved bird identification. Once in college, studies and lack of time and money tend to prevent one from going afield. And only after all this is there the time and opportunity to be exposed to the joys of birding. I wonder if more opportunities to become involved in birding were made available to youngsters would they find the time and have the desire to become interested in birds, and eventually break this system that selectively excludes many of them from getting started in birding at an early age. However, I know of some that have fought the system and won. Actually many of the premier birders in Houston and the country began birding at a very early age, often prompted by a parent or other birder, and were able to continue through high school and college. They probably had to overcome some peer ridicule and the feeling of isolation on more than one occasion. What I wonder is, how can the OG get more young people interested in birds? American Birding Association (ABA) has initiated a Youth Education Program for 1993 (see Winging It. vol. 5, #5, May 1993). VENT offers the lr^htysuccessful Camp Chiricahua in Arizona each summer. And I am sure there are other bird-related programs across the country designed to help youngsters enjoy birds. Thk year, in an attempt to promote birding among young people, the OG has begun to develop a field trip program designed exclusively for young people. David Veselka, a teacher at Kinkaid School, has agreed to coordinate these efforts. There are presently four field trips scheduled to areas with large, easy-to-spot birds (herons, egrets, ducks and geese). The immediate problem we face is how do we get our message about our youth field trips out to the 'appropriate individuals and what other bird related activities, if any at all, should we offer? If you have any suggestions on our new program please call David Veselka at 692-1384. Ako we are in need of volunteers to help lead or co-lead youth field trips. You do not need to be an expert in field identification to lead or help lead a youth field trip, all you need k the ability to identify a reasonable number of birds and be able to share your enthusiasm for birds with some future birders. Wouldn't it be nice to use some of our money generated from raising membership dues last year to send a young birder to Camp Chiricahua next year or to purchase memberships to the ABA for a few kids? Again, if you have any suggestions or feel you might be able to help David Veselka please give him a call (692-1384). David Bradford 855-2615