Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston. Texas, Libby Price, Editor; Ellen Bed, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 1
Saturday, Feb. 3: Deadline for Clearing House reports
and for Spoonbill material.
Tuesday February 6: Ornithology Group meeting at
7:30 p.m. at Bayland Park, off Bissonnet just west
of Hillcroft. Dr.. Warren Pulich, who teaches ornithology at the University of Dallas, will present
"Birding in North Central Texas."
Novice Time has attracted more than just novice
birders, so it will henceforth be known as the
LEARNING CORNER. The February subject and
leader are to be announced. Time 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 8: Outdoor Nature Club meeting, at
7:30 p.m. at the Houston Arboretum. The Galveston
Bay Foundation will present the program on the bay.
Monday, Feb. 12: Steering Committee Meeting. All
members welcome. Time and place to be announced
or call Richard Uzar, 527-0454.
Saturday, Feb. 17: Ornithology Group field trip, the
only one in February, will be to Bear Creek Park
and the Addicks Dam area in West Harris Co.
Sterling Essenmacher will lead this foray for sparrows, towhees and other residents and visitors. Meet
at 8:00 a.m. 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.
Bring lunch and a drink. Also wear waterproof
boots as part of the hike will be in the wet. Although he makes no promises, Sterling says .we will
search hard for Rusty Blackbird and have a fair
chance for it if conditions are right. He also says
Great Horned and Barred Owls are routine. This
is a good chance to bird a seldom-visited area with
a birder who is thoroughly familiar with it. Note
that the trip will cover entirely different spots than
the January 13 trip, and should produce a significantly different trip list. Call John Buckman at
359-4685 for more information.
Friday-Sunday, Mar. 16-18: The first of the two OG
field trips in March will be to the Rio Grande Valley. Travel on an individual basis Friday; birding
to begin early Saturday. The trip will be led by
Lynne Aldrich, Peter Gottschling and John Buckman.
Call John at 359-4685 if you are going, to help him
plan. The trip will go, regardless of numbers.
Saturday. March 31: OG field- trip from High Island
to Sabine Pass with Mike Austin leading.
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.
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3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159.
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