Monthly Bulletin of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, Texas
Vol. 3, No,
^ 0 Sweet the dropping ove, the blush of mora,
The starlit sky, the rustling fields of corn,
The soft airs blowing from the freshening seas,
The sunflecked shadow of the stately trees,
The mellow thunder and the lulling rain,
The warm, delicious, happy summer rain,
When the grass brightens and the days grow long,
And little birds break out in rippling songl
— Celia Baxter.
Probably no official action on the selection of a state bird
for Texas will be taken until the next session of the Legislature,
but interest in the subject continues to increase as citizens in
different sections of the state advance arguments in behalf of
their favorite among our many song and insectivorous birds.
The mockingbird seems to be the choice of a great majority
because of its range across the entire state, its friendly attitude
towards man, and its fame as the world's greatest songster. Next
to the "English" sparrow, which is of course ineligible, it is our
most abundant bird.
The possibility that other states may choose the same bird
that we name should have no bearing on the matter. Louisiana and
Mississippi'have the same state flower - the Southern magnolia -
and no less than four states have selected the violet as their
floral emblem. Our problem is to decide upon the bird that is
most typical of Texas - one that is found in all parts of the state
and that is acknowledged the world over as a leader.
There Is some sentiment in favor of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, or Texas blrd-of-paradise. The cardinal, too, has its
advocates. But the scissortail, though in other respects a most
admirable bird, has no song, and the cardinal is a shy fellow unknown to many who hail the mockingbird as friend.
Whatever the final decision may be, the Outdoor Nature Club
professes its willingness to abide by it, and calls upon all nature
lovers within the broad boundaries of our state to express their
choice, to the end that Texas may have a state bird that is indeed
worthy of the name.
The names of the authors of the prize winning poems in our
nature poetry contest will be announced as soon as the decision of
the judges is known, and will be published in the June issue of
this bulletin. Hundreds of verses have been received, from city
and village and farm, across the entire stretch of the five states
embraced in the contest. Many of the poems possess real literary
■raluej and all manifest a spirit of understanding or reveal a
-tartam chawn of expression that disarms criticism*