Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Clia. Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 3
IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID YOUR 1992 DUES. THIS UILL BE YOUR LAST
ISSUE OF THE SPOONBILL. PLEASE SEE "CONTACTS" SECTION ON
PAGE NINE OF THIS ISSUE FOR MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION!
Monday. April 6: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just west of Hillcroft). After election of
officers, ONC member, Calvin Blakley, wilt present a short
slide presentation on the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary.
OG member David Dauphin will present the main program of the
evening on identification of spring warblers and vireos.
Co-author of the UTC Checklist, David is a former OG
Chairman and currently serves as Vice President of the Texas
Ornithological Society. In his own words, David has been
birding since "the beginning of time." Come join David for
this special spring migration warm-up. Come to the meeting
early (7:00 P.M.) for Learning Corner's Don Richardson and
his wrap-up on the discussion of terns.
Saturday. April 4: REUNION DAY AT LITTLE THICKET NATURE
SANCTUARY. Come share in the potluck dinner, join in the
hikes, compete on the scavenger hunt or just enjoy the
beauty of the Sanctuary and the fellowship of friends.
Directions to the Little Thicket are in the ONC
yearbook/directory or you may call Aaron Stoley at 781-1372.
Come for dinner at noon, half a day, all day or camp Friday
through Sunday. Be sure to bring water.
Thursday. April 9: OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Houston Arboretum, 4501 Uoodway. Dr. Donna H. Canney will
give an illustrated lecture, "Night Flight-The Life of
Bats." Dr. Canney received her Ph.D. from Cornell
University in 1988. She will discuss the behavior of bats,
how they eat and live, and their importance in the web of
Friday-Sunday. April 10-12: ONC/ALL GROUPS FIELD TRIP TO HC
KINNEY FALLS STATE PARK near Austin. Trip will include
birding Saturday morning with a member of Travis Audubon
Society, a visit to the Congress Street bridge to view
Mexican Free-tailed Bats and wildflower identification. For
camping reservations and motel information, call Cissy
Donaldson at 649-6543.
Saturday. April 11:
BLOCKBUSTING EXPEDITION. Leader:
BREEDING BIRD ATLAS
Winnie Burkett. Area:
Plantersville and west of Lake Conroe. Call Winnie at 992-
5640 for more information.
Saturday. April 18: 06 FIELD TRIP TO BOLIVAR FLATS, HIGH
ISLAND and other areas in the vicinity. Ue expect to see
numerous shorebirds and migrant passerines. This is one of
the most exciting field trips of the year. Ue will meet our.
leader at Boliver Flats at 7:45 A.M. From Houston take 1-45
south to Galveston. Take the ferry from Galveston's east
end to Bolivar Peninsula, where the 108 loop intersects
Highway 87 the second time (3.7 miles from ferry), turn
right toward the beach. Turn right onto the beach and
follow the shore to the bollards protecting the "flats." Be
careful: the sand is loose occasionally. Bring plenty of
water, bug spray and a sack lunch.
Saturday. April 25: BOLIVAR FLATS SHOREBIRD SANCTUARY
DEDICATION AND CELEBRATION AND THE GREAT TEXAS BEACH TRASH
OFF. 9:00 A.M.-Noon. Bring your friends and family to
Bolivar Flats, see some great birds and help clear the area
of trash. Bring gloves. Then--at 11:00 A.M.
representatives from Houston Audubon, the Texas General Land
Office and Texas Parks and Uildlife will dedicate the newly-
established Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, the first
shorebird sanctuary on the Texas coast. Come break a bottle
of champagne in celebration (then pick it up!). To get to
Bolivar Flats, take the ferry from Galveston's east end to
Bolivar Peninsula. Drive east on Hwy. 87, 3.7 miles. Turn
right toward the beach at Loop 108. At the beach, turn
right and drive southwest along the beach to the pollards.
This is your bird sanctuary and it needs you. Ue will be
cleaning rain or shine!
Sunday. April 26: OG TEXAS BREEDING BIRD ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING
EXPEDITION. Leader: Aaron Stoley. Area: north of
Huntsville. Call Aaron for more information at 781-1372.
Saturday. May 2: 06 TEXAS BREEDIM6 BIRD ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING
EXPEDITION. Leader: Gail Luckner. Area: north of Liberty
and Davis Hill area. Call Gail for details at 328-6236.
Monday. May 4: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M. Harris
County Bayland Community Center. Dawn Carrie will present
a program on the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker. Dawn
will discuss their breeding biology, habitat requirements
and management, and will outline U.S. Forest Service efforts
to aid in the recovery of the species. As a District
Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Forest Service at 8am
Houston National Forest, Dawn is directly involved with the
woodpecker's management and recovery and trains other
biologists and technicians to capture and band the birds.
Be sure and join us for this very special program. At the
Learning Corner at 7:00 P.M., Don Richardson will present a
discussion on the birds of Jones State Forest using visuals
and bird song recordings.