Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Mature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLII, No. 1
IMPORTANT NOTICE: DUES INCREASE
At the January 11,1993 OG meeting, the membership
voted to increase OG dues from $10 to $12. Combined
with recent ONC dues increase from $5 to $8, TOTAL
ONC/OG DUES WILL NOW BE $20.00, EFFECTIVE
FEBRUARY 1, 1993.
If you pay your 1993 dues promptly and your
check is postmarked no later than January 31,1993, you
can still pay at the current rate of $15 combined
ONC/OG dues. THIS WILL BE YOUR LAST ISSUE
OF THE SPOONBILL IF "93* DOES NOT APPEAR ON
YOUR MAILING LABEL. Renew today, won't you?
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Remember We are soliciting drawings for a new
Spoonbill logo. Also, we want to consider new ideas for a
new drawing on the OG business card. Please-submit
your drawings to The Spoonbill Editor, Judy Boyce.
Monday. February L ORNITHOLOGY GROUP
MEETING. 7:30 PM, Harris County Bayland Community
Park located on the north -side of Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. Due to surgery, Kelly Bryant of Texas Parks and
Wildlife, had to cancel his presentation originally-scheduled
for this meeting. In his place, ornithologist Bob McFarlane,
has agreed, even on-such short notice, to present a program
about the ecology of urban birds. Specializing in
ornithology, Bob has a doctorate in zoology and is a
consulting ecologist doing work for Galveston Bay
Foundation, the Sierra Club, industry and real estate
development. Bob is an active volunteer-scientist and chairs
the Scientific/Technical Committee of the Galveston Bay
National Estuary. His monograph on the Red-cockaded
Woodpecker was published in 1992. Join us as we learn
what ecological factors control the lives of our city birds.
Richard Uzar will lead discussion on gull identification at the
7:00 PM Learning Corner.
Saturday. February 6: OG FIELD TRIP TO SAN
BERNARD AND BRAZORIA NATIONAL WILDLIFE
REFUGES. We will visit two very "birdy" refuges on the
Upper Texas Coast. Birds expected include ducks, geese,
Sandhill Cranes, raptors and -sparrows. We hope to -see
LeConte'-s and Grasshopper Sparrow. Local guides will
-show us their favorite -spots within the two refuges. Meet
our first leader, Warren Pruess, at the headquarters of San
Bernard NWR at 7:45 AM. After an active morning in this
refuge we will meet our-second leader, Tom Morris, at 1:30
PM at the Brazoria NWR headquarters to finish out our day
of birding. You may join us for one or both refuges. To
reach San Bernard NWR, take Hwy. 288 -south through
Angleton to Lake Jackson. Turn right on FM 2004. Follow
FM 2004 for about ten miles, crossing the Brazos and San
Bernard Rivers, to the refuge -sign. Follow the -sign left for
about one mile to the next refuge-sign. At the-second refuge
sign go right onto the dirt road that leads to the refuge
headquarters. Allow 1.5 hours drive time from Houston.
Bring insect repellent.
Friday-Monday. February 12-15: ONC FIELD TRIP TO
CHOKE CANYON STATE PARK. A weekend of
camping, birding and botanizing around Choice Canyon
Lake, which is located between San Antonio and Corpus
Christi. If camping is not your cup of tea, motel
accommodations are available in nearby Three Rivers at the
Staghorn Inn, 1-512-786-3541. For camping reservations,
contact Dorothy Parmesan, 622-7139.