. . .Ten Years Ago This Month
•from February 1974 Spoonbill:
"T. Ben Feltner Finds 431 Species in Texas
During 19 73"
"Ben found 422 of the 445 species
which occur annually in Texas, plus the following 9 'bonus birds' in 1973:
Goshawk (Jan. 12 at Sheldon Reservoir)
Red Crossbill (Jan. 20 at Bastrop St. Pk.)
Evening Grosbeak (Same date & location)
Oldsquaw (Jan. 21 at Texas City Dike)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Jan. 22 at TCD)
Clark's Nutcracker (Feb. 28 at Ft. Davis &
Mar. 2 in Guadalupe Mountains)
Arctic Loon (Mar. 3 at Balmorhea Lake)
Ruff (Mar. 31 in Chambers Co.)
Red Phalarope (Sept. 20 at Austin Sewage Pnds)
Of the 47 warbler species occurring
regularly in Texas, only the following six
were missed by Ben in 1973: Virginia's,
Tropical Parula, Black-throated Blue, Hermit,
Prairie, and Painted Redstart.
Ben's Texas total as of May 13 was
397 species, thereby exceeding the previous
personal record for this state of 396 set by
Jim Tucker in 1971. On December 2nd he surpassed the all-time highest annual record of
428 species within a single state which had
been established within California by Richard
Stallcup in 19 72.
Ben Feltner's big year was a truly
remarkable birding feat from many aspects, but
perhaps the most impressive result was that he
had seen more species in Texas within a single
year than he had recorded during all his 22
previous years of birding in the Lone Star
. . .Twenty Years Ago This Month
From February 1964 Spoonbill:
"A Challenge to Conservationists Richard
"Pulling the Attwater Prairie Chicken Back
From the Brink of Extinction."
"Some 3,428 acres of prairie...
occupied by several hundred...prairie
chickens, is now under option to conservation interests. The total cost of the land
will be $364,000 which is less than many an
art museum has paid for a single painting
in recent years. Is that which the Lord
produced less worthy of preservation than
a painting from the hand of man?"
(The Attwater Prairie Chicken
National Wildlife Refuge was established
on July 1, 1972 as a result of purchases
made by The Nature Conservancy of Texas
and The World Wildlife Fund. As of June,
1983 the Refuge encompassed a total of
8,000 acres. Prairie Chicken population
in this area numbered some 25 birds in
1965, 125 in 1975, and 180-200 in the
spring of 1983. The original Texas population of 1,000,000 birds was reduced to
less than 1,000 by 1965, increased to an
estimated 2,400 by 1975 and declined to
approximately 1,300 in 1983...)
MINUTES OF THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING-
Don Richardson, OG Chairman, called
the meeting to order and announced that the
minutes of the last meeting were printed in
the January Spoonbill. There were no additions
or corrections. There was no treasurer's report available. David Dauphin announced that
Clearing House reports were due and encouraged
their prompt submission. He also asked that
field notes be submitted when required and
that they be thorough but specific to the
bird being reported.
Meg Temkin was present and prepared to take care of any aluminum collected
by our members. Don reported that the January
Spoonbill had been printed by a new printer at
considerably less cost than we are used to.
He asked for comments or complaints. B. C.
Robison talked about several new (regular)
features including a "Learning Corner" and
Don announced that dues are due and
encouraged all members to pay up promptly.
A newly revised set of birding maps has been
printed and are available at 25C per set.
Peggy Milstead was thanked for the great deal
of work she did in preparing them. The
February 4 field trip to Lake Livingston was
announced as was the March 3 trip to West
Harris County. Linda Douglas reported that
the March program is to be presented by Ed
Kutac - author of Texas Birds.
Don introduced Gary Montoya who
presented a program on the Attwater Prairie
Chicken and the Bosque del Apache National
The South Central Region of the
Hawk Migration Association of North
America will sponsor a 4-day conference on
birds of prey from March 29 through April 1
at the Airport Hilton in McAllen, Texas.
In conjunction with the seventh
annual spring Rio Grande close-site study,
to be held on Saturday, March 31, the conference will include (besides hawk watching
in the mornings) presentation of papers,
a panel discussion on problems of hawk
identification, and a birds in art display.
Those wishing to present papers
on various aspects of raptor behaviour,
identification, migration, etc. should send
an abstract to Mrs. Gladys Donohue, P. O.
Drawer 400, Penitas, Texas 78576.
For more information and registration forms, write Mrs. Donohue at the
above address or phone (512)581-6545.
Preregistration is necessary in order to get
hotel convention rates.
We will welcome all admirers of