VOLUME XVIV, No, 1
DUES FOR THE COMING YEAR
ARE NOW DUE! 11
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
MINUTES OF MEETING OF ORNITHOLOGY GROUP by Louise Rogers
Chairman Wallace C. Mebane, Jr. called the meeting to order on the north steps of the
Downtown Public Library at 10:10 A.M., Sunday, April 26, 1970.
He extended a warm welcome to the Group's new member, Janet Fuller,
The Chairman then reported that the Group has completely sold out the supply of Field
Check-List, The last 1500 copies were purchased by Timewealth Corporation for free distribution to people who come into their office in Galveston. Mr, Mebane suggested that
the checklist eould be re-ordered as is, or better still, reworded slightly to include
some new accidentals and omitting the wording that the checklist can be purchased from
the Museum of Natural History, Mr, Mebane also recommended that the price be increased.
During a discussion of Group finances, it was brought out that as of February 1, the
Group had approximately $97 on hand. On March 31, the amount was approximately $127.
Dues for<.the coming year are now due, but the Chairman announced that we need to raise
some additional money. He mentioned several methods: raise dues, solicit outside contributions, have a garage sales but he welcomed any other suggestions.
Announcement was made that the June outing would be a combination field trip, picnic,
and meeting at Gladys Galbreath's Ranch, Saturday, June 2, at 2 P.M. Bring a picnic
supper and chairs.
Mr, Mebane then mentioned that the telescope has not been used much this year. The charge
for rental is $1.00 a day. One year it brought in $18, nothing the next year, and only
$1.00 so far this year. He also recommended that the Ornithology Group restrict the use
of the scope by limiting it to field trips of 0G or ONC or other study groups and restrict
its custody to officers of 0G and OHC,
The editors of the SPOONBILL, Mr. and Mrs, David Lefkovits,
necessary to use a better grade of paper for the SPOONBILL,
announced that it had become
increasing the cost from $9.00
There being no further business, the meeting adjouned at 10;55 A.M.
0G APRIL FIELD TRIP
by Louise Rogers
Twenty-six species of birds including Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Goatsucker, Chimney Swift, Scissor-tailed Flycateher, Blue Jay, Mockingbird. Catbird, Wood
Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Loggerhead Shrike, Starling, White-eyed Vireo, Tennessee
Warbler, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, House Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, and White-throated Sparrow noted ten members of the binocular-carrying variety
of the species Homo Sapiens in downtown Houston Sunday, April 29. The group was first
observed circling the Central Library on Lamar. The light was poor, but the individuals,
most of whom were still in winter plumage such as jackets and sweater, were identified as
Wallace Mebane, Sue Buck, Josiephine Wilkin, Janet Fuller, Louise Rogers, David Marrack,
Johanna Grabbe, Gladys Galbreat, David and Dorothy Lefkovits,
The ten were next seen at the City Hall, where they scrutinized carefully every tree and
bush, calling excitedly to one another from time to time. From there they migrated to
Sam Houston Park and, as the day grew warmer and the sun came out occasionally, summer
plumage became more evident. The Goatsucker reported that the group was easily observed from