Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXVIII, No. 12
Tuesday, Jan. 9: Ornithology Group meeting at 7:30
p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. N.B This is the 2nd Tuesday, not the 1st.
The program will be on birds of Papua, New Guinea,
presented by Larry Shelton of the Houston Zoo.
This program was to have occurred in November,
but Dr. Shelton was called away to a conference.
NOVICE TIME at 7:00 will be a continuation of
"Identifying Sparrows," led by David Bradford.
Thursday, Jan. 11: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at
at the Houston Arboretum at 7:30 p.m. Joe Liggio
will present "Ice Age Fossils of the UTC"
Saturday, Jan. 13: Ornithology Group field trip.
There will be two OG field trips in January. The
first will be to West Harris and Waller counties.
Jim Morgan will lead this expedition for sparrows,
hawks, waterfowl and other winter visitors. Meet
at the Clay Rd. entrance to Bear Creek Park, in
the parking lot at the northwest edge of the park
near the golf course and picnic area at 7:00 a.m.
Bring lunch and a drink. Jim will plan a stop or
two for use of facilities. Jim states that it is an
excellent sparrow year, and he already has good
species located. The trip will last all day and should
provide an excellent opportunity for looks at lots
of birds with a top birder. Call John Buckman at
359-4685 if you need more information.
Monday, Jan. 13: Steering Committee meeting at 7:30
p.m. All members are welcome. The place is at Don
and Lee Richardson's, 5475 Grape, ZIP 77096.
Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 27-28: Ornithology Group field
trip to the Rockport area with a stop at Big Boggy
NWR in Matagorda Co. on the way back to Houston
on Sunday. The trip will include a cruise on Capt.
Ted's boat for a look at the Whooping Cranes.
Meet initially on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. at the Wal-
mart parking lot on Route 35 in the Fulton-Rockport
area. Our leaders, Nancy and Jerry Patrick, will
take us to local hot spots for a morning's birding
in the Rockport area. We will then board the boat
for the Whooping Cranes at 12:45 p.m. (cost $16-
$20; see below). For those staying Saturday night
in the Rockport area, we will bird Sunday in areas
missed on Saturday, then return to Houston with
stops along the way, including one at Big Boggy NWR.
The logistics for the trip are a little complex,
and we request that you call Nancy or Jerry Patrick
at 461-4975, or John Buckman at 359-4685 to confirm your intention to participate. If we have 30
people, we will be given exclusive use of the boat
and a $16 per person rate; if fewer participate, the
boat trip will be open to the public, and a $20 rate
will prevail. Please note, however, that this trip
will go regardless of the number of participants.
Nancy and Jerry know this area well and plan extensive scouting before the trip, so do Join us. for
a great time and some different birds.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Ornithology Group field trip to
Bear Creek Park and the Addicks Dam area, led by
Sterling Essenmacher. This trip will cover a different area from the January 13 trip, and we will
see different birds..
FOR OG information, checklists, maps, contact
Maxine Davis, 10602 Cedarhurst, Houston
SEND bird sightings for Clearing House to:
Clearing House (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston
TEXAS RARE Bird Alert Tape, sponsored by Piney
Woods Wildlife Society and Houston Audubon
Society: (713) 821-2846.
FOR LOCAL nature societies' meetings and field
trips call the Audubon Society's "Voice of the
Naturalist" tape: 932-1392.
SEND material for Spoonbill to Editor, Libby Price,
3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159.
SEND dues, subscriptions and address changes to
Jerry Patrick. 814 St. Francis, Houston 77079.
Members' annual dues: $15 (ONC $5, OG $10).
Spoonbill subscriptions for non-members: $13.