Pi*.lished by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texaa
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 6 and 7
Monday. August 3: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissomet just west of Hillcroft.) Dawn Carrie will present
a program on the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Dawn
will discuss their breeding biology, habitat requirements
and management, and she will outline U.S. Forest Service
efforts to aid in the recovery of the species. As a
District Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service at
Sam Houston National Forest, Dawn is directly involved with
the woodpecker's management and recovery and trains other
biologists and technicians to capture and band the birds.
In addition, she coordinates translocation of the
woodpeckers within the four national forests in Texas, as
well as among other national forests in the southeastern
U.S. Dawn is also active in the Neotropical Migratory Bird
Conservation Program (Partners in Flight), a cooperative
effort between federal and state agencies and nongovernmental organizations to halt the decline of
neotropical migrants. Be sure to join us for this very
special program. Learning Corner is at 7:00 P.M. before the
regular meeting and program. Karen Beekman will provide
tips for beginning birders.
Saturday, fg—» >?• 06 FIELD TRIP TO BOLIVAR FLATS AND
EAST BEACH. At this time of year the Flats should harbor
numerous staging migrant shorebirds as well as resident
birds. Meet our leader, Dwight Peake, at Bolivar Flats at
8:00 A.M. for a half day of birding. The Flats may be muddy
and may require walking to reach the birds. Bring plenty of
water and insect repellent. To reach Bolivar Flats, take
the ferry from the east end of Galveston Island to Bolivar
Peninsula. Where Loop 108 intersects Highway 87 (3.7 miles
from ferry landing), turn right toward the beach. Turn
right onto the beach and drive to the bollards. David
Saturday. -_f»» ?°- 06 HALF-DAT FIELD TRIP TO THE SAN
JACINTO MONUMENT AREA. We expect to see good numbers of
Wood Storks, migrant shorebirds and some migrant passerines.
Our leader is Buddy Hoi I is, employee of Occidental Chemical.
Remember Occidental Chemical? It was in one of Occidental's
retention ponds that the Barrow's Goldeneye was spotted last
December. Meet Buddy at the base of the monument at 8:00
A.M. To reach the monument from Houston, take Highway 225
east from the southeast corner of Loop 610. Continue east
on Hwy. 225 to FM 134, go north (left) on FM 134. At park
road 1836, turn right into the park. Bring insect repellent
and drinks. Direct your questions to David Bradford (855-
PLEASE NOTE THE AUGUST 31st DATE FOR OUR
SEPTEMBER ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. THE
FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER IS LABOR DAY,
THEREFORE OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING WILL BE
HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 31st.
Monday. August 31: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center. David Risken will
present a program on the restoration and management of
Galveston Island State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife is in
the process of re-establishing the natural coastal prairie
habitat to the park, and David will explain how this effects
bird life of the area. David is Director of Natural
Resources Programs for Texas Parks and Wildlife, Public
Lands Division, and has worked in this area for 20 years.
With a keen interest in birds, he serves as managing editor
for the state park series of bird checklists, and is a coauthor of A Checklist of Texas Birds. Please note the
special date for this, our September program, and hear David
talk about the fragile ecosystem of Galveston Island.
Thursday-Sunday. September 17-20: ROCKPORT'S HUMMER/BIRD
CELEBRATION. Speakers this year include our own David
Bradford, John Tveten, David Dauphin and Ted Eubanks, Jr.,
as well as Kerm Kaufman and Pete Dunne among others. There
is a full schedule of field trips by bus and by boat, and
there is a class and field trip for the visually impaired.
David McKelvey has designed a class using live birds for
teaching sizes, shapes, etc. and will use his rare ability
to mimic calls to teach. Copies of the brochure about this
year's Celebration will be available at the August 3rd
meeting. For more information you may call the
Rockport/Fulton Chamber of Commerce (1-800-242-0071).
Saturday. September 19: SEVENTH ANNUAL TEXAS COASTAL
CLEANUP) Meet fellow OG and Houston Audubon members at
Bolivar Flats to once again make the Flats safe for birds.
Cleanup runs from 9:00 to Noon. (For directions to Bolivar
Flats refer to August 22 field trip writeup.) Ue'll be
there with trash bags. Bring gloves. Be prepared for muddy
areas and mosquitos. Last September 12,000 Beach Buddies
collected and recorded 399,140 pounds of debris on 169.45
miles of Texas beaches. If you think it's clean now so why
bother--think again. Since the September cleanup 1,100
plastic buckets--some containing hazardous liquids--have
been retrieved from Padre Island National Seashore. The
largest percentage of trash is still plastics indicating
non-compliance with the 1987 MARPOL Treaty which made it
illegal to dump plastic at see. You can help. Be therel