THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB
OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
National Association of Audubon Societies
Associated Outdoor Clubs of America
OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB OFFICERS
ALSTON CLAPP, SR., President.
KENNETH HARTLEY, 1st Vice-President.
JOE HEISER, JR., 2nd Vice-President.
C. H. KIEZFNER, Corresponding Secretary.
MABEL KAISER, Recording Secretary.
RUTH BEASLEY, Treasurer.
MABEL CASSEL, Custodian.
JACK I. PULLEN', Auditor
ERNA GIESECKE, Parliamentarian.
LAWRENCE H. DAINGERFIELD, Honorary
Vice-President for Life.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
R. A. Sell, B. A. Randolph, R. D. Frazier,
J. W. Stiles, Dr. A. J. James, Arthur Lefevre, Jr.
Anyone interested in the objects of the Club
may become a member upon presentation of
signed application card, endorsed by two members
and accompanied by membership fee for the current calendar year.
Annual Member $ 1.00
Associate Member 5.00
Life Member 60.00
Correspondence regarding this bulletin may
J. M. HEISER, JR.
1724 Kipling Street
Regular meetings of the Club are held in the
Public Library at 8 P. M. on the first and third
Thursdays of the month. The first meeting is
principally for business, committee reports, display of specimens and photographs, and informal
discussion. An educational lecture, exhibition, of
nature films, or some other formal feature is
usually planned for the second semi-monthly
General Club outings are open to all members
and to visitors who are willing to follow the few
simple rules observed by all similar clubs. Arrangements depend upon such factors as available transportation, seasonal attractions at accessible points, and the wishes of Club members
as developed at meetings. Special field trips are
planned by groups engaged in research and conservation work, and the results of these expeditions are noted in the Club's records and given
OBJECTS OF THE CLUB
To make stronger the bond of friendly understanding that exists among all lovers of Nature.
To study our local flora and fauna and work
for the preservation of all useful and interesting
Tc co-operate with other societies throughout
the land in the work of conservation and observation.
lo encourage Nature study, tree planting, and
appreciation and protection of wild life among
children and adults.
To encourage hiking and interest in the outdoors as a source of health and inspiration.
Bits of history, adventure and nature
lore have been expertly blended and seasoned with a dash of sly humor in R. A.
Selle's new book, "Luck and Alaska,"
now obtainable at Houston book stores.
Whether you have been to Alaska or
merely felt its spell from afar, you will
find good reading in the pages of this
attractive little volume. A „
Walking With Celebrities
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flatus, the warp and woof of poetry was
woven—a lank, sharp-featured old man
with long gray whiskers—but he did not
speak to us.
Friendly, talkative, bubbling Mrs. Miller showed us about the estate. Four
people lived there, and each had a house.
The poet had a two-room plantation-
quarter house a little back from the
road; at a generous distance farther
back, Mrs. Miller's box cottage and her
daughter's cottage stood side by side
commanding a view of San Francisco
Bay,—when there was no fog. Just back
of the little private church was a two-
room shotgun house, the abode of the
poet's mother—it was a strangely scattered family—and eccentricity seemed to
double-time in the arrangement of these
living quarters, but it was the abode of
a poet, a real poet. Who else could say:
"All you can hold in your dead cold hand,
Is what you have given away."
Loye "Bird" Miller goes out to talk
to the birds. We were at the edge of
the city when he gave a low, querulous
whistle followed by a metallic, "creek,
creek." When this was repeated, an answer came from a big tree. After a
few calls and answers, the bird came
closer and even perched on a low bush.
"Bird" gave the linnet call, and soon
there was the linnet; then he called up
the coast jay and brought two of them;
the California towhee answered promptly,—in fifteen minutes, he had called up
a purple finch, a linnet, a coast jay and
East Texas Ferns
By ROBERT A. VINES
The indigenous ferns of the East Texas
area afford the nature enthusiast a fascinating study. Botanically the ferns
are interesting because of their unique
methods of reproduction. Propagation
is augmented by the diverse arrangements of the sporangium, which serve
also as the chief means for the identification of the species.
Historically the ferns represent a
group of plants whose ancestry is directly
traceable to the giant ferns of the palaeozoic age. The cryptogamous, or
flowerless, plants of that period differ
but little from our present-day ferns.
In fact, some botanists contend that all
plants are descended from these spore-
bearers of the primitive swamps.
Aesthetically the ferns have few
equals in the plant world. The wonderful symmetry and graceful bend of a
fern frond is a sight ever to be admired.
Although preserving their virtues in any
environment, to be fully appreciated the
ferns must be seen growing in their natural surroundings.
Mr. Edward Teas, of Houston, owns a
tract of land two miles north of Conroe,
Texas, which is a perfect rendezvous for
native ferns. He and the writer listed
ten different species within a radius of
one mile at this remarkable place. Members of the Outdoor Nature Club will
be pleased to know that Mr. Teas is mak_^^
ing every effort to preserve this original^B
bit of woodland and seeks only too glad^^'
ly the approbation and help of interested
The following list, arranged scientifically according to J. K. Small, gives
the names of seventeen species of wild
ferns which are most common in the
East Texas area. Names marked with a
star are those which are to be found on
the Teas place, near Conroe:
Family 2—Osmundaceae (R.Br.). Cinnamon Fern Family Osmunda (L):
O. cinnamonea (L), Cinnamon Fern*
O. regalis (L), Royal Fern*
Family 5—Polypodiaceae (R.Br). Fern
Family Polypodium (L):
P. polypodioides (L) A. S. Hitchcock, Common Polypody*
P. aquilina, var. caudata (L) Hook,
A. capillus veneris (L)_,
Southern Maiden Hair
Cheilanthes (Swartz): ^&
C. alabamensis (Buckley) Kuntzej^B
Lip Fern ^^
A. virginica (L) Presl,
Virginia Chain Fern
A. resiliens (Kuntze)
A. platyneuron (L) Oakes,
A. filiz-foemina (Swartz) Bernh,
Upland Lady Fern*
L. areolata (L) Presl*
O. sensibilis (L), Sensitive Fern*
P. acrostichoides (Michx) Schott,
Dryopteris (Adans), Shield Fems:
D. thelypteris (L) A. Gray
D. patens (Sw) Kuntze
D. marginales (L) A. Gray
W. obtusa (Spreng) Torr.
In its attractive quarterly publication,.
Wild Flower," the Wild Flower PreserJ
vation Society, Inc., has an ideal means'
of stimulating popular interest in our
native plants, forests, and park areas.
The January, 1933, number had a section
headed "Conservation Ideas," in which
was quoted a paragraph from the Outdoor Nature Club's Bulletin in regard to
the establishment of nature reserves.