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The Spoonbill, Vol. 47, No. 1, January 1998 - Image 3. January 1998. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 25, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/768/show/760.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 47, No. 1, January 1998
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Carey, Damien F.
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1998
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 23
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript A Publication of the Outdoor Nature Club Ornithology Group Spoonbill Editorial The Broadest Shoulders Information, appreciation and education in birding relies on the efforts of volunteers. Birding libraries are full of authors from academe to commercial publishing who use HawkWatch, Christmas Bird Counts, Breeding Bird Surveys and even our own Clearing House data in the preparation of theses, books and guides. Yep, folks make money off the sweat of volunteer birders. Yet we birders are happy to see research move forward and are glad for the field guides and books. Mostly we're relish the opportunity to advance bird appreciation and if we're lucky conservation. We do not begrudge anyone their use of our data nor for making a profit from it. We do not expect royalties to filter back to the volunteers or the groups like OG who ask and organize birders to collect data. We do it to tell the story of Nature's fairest gift: birds. From mutual endeavors the birding community learns to love avifauna in countless ways. Neophyte birders gain the valuable experiences of our community through the efforts provided by volunteers. An old soldier's saw goes: "Find the broadest shoulders around and stand on vem. And when it's your turn let vem stand on you." Not many people out of the birding community know about our broad shoulders. About the time, opportunities and other sacrifices volunteer birders supply for the advance ment of birding. We in the birding community do. We know how broad those shoulders we stand on are. It is important when we get the chance to honor this wonderful spirit we do so. By doing so we reinforce our appreciation of each other. By doing so we show the effort is worth doing. To say otherwise is to view the efforts of volunteers in our community as autonomic. In the past few years few shoulders have been larger than OG Clearing House editors Tony and Phyllis Frank. Although I looked forward to the Clearing House, I never appreciated the amount of work the Franks devoted until I began working on the "Spoonbill." These two people worked month to month to uphold an OG tradition. Another set of shoulders we've stood on is Judy Boyce's. Two years ago, I saw how Judy put together the "Spoonbill." It was literally cut and paste. I alone could never thank her fully for the years of effort except by striving to do as good a job as she did. I strongly desire for the OG as an organization to be more demonstrative with their appreciation. It is true that those who do step forward to keep the club going, lead field trips and help us get the most out of OG would do it anyway. But the lack of will and desire to show these people how we feel should not prevail. Don't take these people for granted. The worst excuse for avoiding the responsibility to show appreciation is to label it "compensation." There is a world of difference between commemorating one's efforts and compensation. Those who want to paint any demonstrative effort to say "thanks" as some sort of pay (and "you don't pay volunteers") have an agenda I don't fathom. Next time you see Tony, Phyllis or Judy thank them for a wonderful view from up on their shoulders. Field Trips NE Lake Houston Sat., Feb. 7@8a.nt. Yellow rail, Prryhuloxia and bushels of LeConte's sparrows in Kingwood? Bird the nook and crannies of Northeast Lake Houston with the beloved "Spoonbill" editor to find out. Meet at the Kingwood Starbuck's. Exit Kingwood Dr. off US 59, head east, cross the railroad tracks to first traffic light, turn left then right into the shopping center parking lot. Starbuck's is just past the SteinMart. Bring rubber boots. Contact: Damien Carey (281) 361-4120. Brazos Bend SP Wed., Feb. 11 @ 8 a.m. Meet park entrance. Contact: Bob Ohmart (281) 579-7403