and an adult female Sandhill. The juvenile crane at thk
stage looks like an immature Whooping Crane by appearing
whitish, with a pale reddkh-brown head and neck and
scattered reddkh-brown feathers over the rest of its body.
Biologkts believe it k a hybrid because of the family
behavior and grouping of the three birds, and because all the
female Whooping Cranes in the Rocky Mountain
experimental flock were accounted for thk past summer.
The male Whooping Crane k part of an experimental flock
that migrates each fall from Grays Lake NWR in Idaho to
Bosque del Apache. There has been no reproduction in thk
flock since it was established in 1975 by placing Whooping
Crane eggs in the nests of Sandhill Cranes. At thk time,
only ten or eleven adult Whoopers survive in the
experimental flock. No new Whooper eggs have been placed
under the Sandhills since 1988. The project ended because
the foster-reared Whooping Cranes failed to form pan-
bonds. One theory for the absence of pairing k that the
foster-reared Whooping Cranes were more attracted to the
foster parent Sandhilk than to their own species. Whooping
Crane and Sandhill Crane hybrids have previously been
produced in captivity, by artificial insemination, at the
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland. If
the chick k confirmed as a hybrid, thk will be the first
known instance of the two species crossing in the wild.
US. Fish and Wildlife News Release, November 6,1992.
___.YOU CAN RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
AGAIN THIS YEAR: On December 27 (1-5 PJVI.) and
January 2nd and 3rd (9-5 PJVI.), you can drop off your
Christmas tree at Sharpstown Park, T.C. Jester Park, Tidwell
Park, Lawndale Service Center and numerous other
locations. Call Houston Audubon at 932-1639 for additional
drop-off locations. On weekdays December 28-31 (9-5
P.M.), Christmas trees will be accepted at South Post Oak
Service Center, Memorial Park, Greenspoint Mall and HI.
& P. property. For directions, call Houston Audubon at
932-1639. Randall's grocery stores have donated 30,000 tree
seedlings to be given away in exchange for your Christmas
___THE OG IS AGAIN IN NEED OF A DONATED
COMPUTER. The computer donated by Exxon last year,
which we use to produce mailing labek, k failing and needs
to be replaced. If you know of a computer about to be
replaced in your workplace or if you have a computer that
you are replacing and may wkh to donate to the OG, please
contact Bob Honig at 665-6963.
Ry Nnyt Pfrttingp.il
30 YEARS AGO/FROM NOVEMBER 19fi2 SPOONBTI .1.
THE TASK OF THE CONSERVATIONISTS
"I started thk report with a recitation of signs of growth and
vitality in our great organization. While all these signs give
us courage, they by no means give reason for complacency.
The conservation problems we face ako have been growing;
indeed, some are staggering to contemplate as shortsighted
man, prideful and even arrogant in hk use of technology,
goes about changing the face of the earth and all too often
forgetting the realities of nature, including the nature of man
"The task we would assign ourselves as
conservationkts k to do our best to see to it that man does
not lay waste the material resources that feed hk body, nor
destroy the esthetic resources that nourish hk spirits; and to
help him understand that he cannot pollute hk environment
with impunity, nor ignore the laws of nature without courting
hk own disaster."
Carl W. Buchekter, President
Program and Goak of the National
Corpus Christi, November 10,1962
OG MITCHELL LAKES FIELD TRIP
by Bob Luckner
The October 17 "road trip" to San Antonio brought great
weather, new hot spots to visit and lots of birding. Seven
members met at Mitchell Lakes south of San Antonio, the
day after a "cold" front passed through the area. Seventy-five
species of birds were identified including excellent close-up
views of a Least Grebe, Wikon's Phalarope, Redhead,
Vermillion Flycatcher, Yellow-headed Blackbird and
hundreds of American White Pelicans. Red-necked
Phalaropes had not yet appeared thk year at Mitchell Lakes.
In addition, we were treated to the passing of thousands of
butterflies which filled the skies as they rode the front.
Quite a sight.
Our guide, Willie Sekula, k an experienced and
respected area birder. Mitchell Lakes k owned by the City
of San Antonio and its wetlands are stewarded by the local