and would appreciate any concerted effort to scan aggregations of roosting cormorants
for these markers: standard USFWS aluminum leg bands plus colored vinyl leg streamers on one or both legs. Colors are: 1978, yellow; 1979, Red; 1980, Blue.
The following Information Is requested on any sightings: I. Color of streamer; 2.
location of streamer (which leg or legs); letter code If possible; 4 Date and time
of sighting; 5 Exact location of sighting; 6. Was bird In company of other cormorants; 7. Plumage If possible (Adult—appears black with red gular pouch, Immature—
gray/brown with buffy throat or breast); 8. Observer's name, address and telephone
Please report sightings to: Marcel la M. Bishop, Shoreline Route, Poison, Montana
59860; and Bird Banding Laboratory, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Laurel, Maryland
AROUND AND ABOUT
** Current newsletter exchanges are brought to every meeting, and displayed on a
table just outside the auditorium in Bayou Manor for the members to read. If a
closer look Is needed, you may take any of them home until the next meeting, Just
tell Margaret Jones so shewlli know where It is in case someone calls with a question about that Issue. Two of our exchanges, THE WESTERN TANAGER and THE QUAIL,
both of California, contain excellent guides every month to birding in their areas.
For the convenience of any of our members who may plan a trip to California in the
future, we are placing the Issues we have, and all future ones, in the library, to
be consulted when making up your birding Itinerary for a trtp to the West Coast. We
also receive the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology quarterly newsletter,
and also the annual Peregrine Fund Newsletter, published by the Laboratory. The
latter newsletter is published "for the study and preserva+lon of falcons and o+her
birds of prey" and contains Interesting reading about efforts to reintroduce Peregrines to former haunts, and to propagate peregrines and other falcons In captivity
in order to bolster faltering populations. These also are being placed in the
** Speaking of birds of prey, the February, 1979 "Arizona Highways" is one of the
most fascinating Issues from that always excellent magazine that the Editor has ever
seen. Pictures and words contained therein are the work of one man, wildlife artist
Larry Toschik, and constitute a stunning statement of his spirit of thankfulness
and appreciation for the wilderness. This has been placed In the library for you
to share In a rare experience.
** From "El Tecolote", Bulletin of the Santa Barbara Audubon Society, we learn the
Christmas Count total for that group was 214. They led the nation last year, but
Freeport's 216 this past Count so far seems to be high.
** Mrs. Gladys Donohue Is doing a study on vulture behaviour. She requests that
anyone having had experience with Vultures doing unusual things such as investigating flying kites, for example, write her about it at P.O. Drawer 400, Penltas,
** SAVE THAT ALUMINUM! Reynolds Aluminum collected an Honorable Mention from Harol
Scarlett, Houston Post Environmental writer, for Increasing from 17 cents to 20
cents a pound the amount it pays the public for aluminum cans and other clean house-
holdalumlnum for recycling. Reynolds, which operates a permanent recycling facility
In Houston at 620 Gellhorn, said the price Increase is an outgrowth of the success
of the company's recycling program. Last year, Reynolds paid out $25.4 million for
a record 149.5 million pounds of aluminum. This is a good deal for everyone participating, for the OG treasury benefits, Reynold's Aluminum benefits, and the landscape benefits by having a little less litter lying around. So....keep a sack In
your car, pick up those cans, and remember to bring them to the 0G meetings.
** In a recent Houston Post we were reminded thaf'birds have long been a problem a+
alrpor+s, and no+ for the same reasons they are problems on church s+eeples or o+her
overhead perches. The Federal Avia+Ion Adminis+ra+ion (FAA) and +he United States
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are getting together to try to improve measures to
prevent collisions between aircraft and birds, reports Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. Soon, airport personnel in areas where our fine-feathered friends
are causing safety problems will be getting special training by the FWS. it is estimated that bird "strikes" cause about $20 million damage each year to aircraft.
"A -pound bird striking an airplane moving at 500 miles an hour Impacts with a
force of 80,000 pounds," the FAA reported. That's some bird, but we can only hope
that the government solutions are humane. After all, the birds got the idea of
traveling by air a lot sooner than we did." ■•;..: