VOLUME XVIV, No.
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB. HOUSTON, TEXAS
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF ORNITHOLOGY GROUP HELD FEBRUARY 4, 1971
by Gladys Galbreath
The February 4, 1971 meeting of the Ornithology Group was called to order by
Chairman Sarah Gordon at 7:30 in the Downtown Recreation Center, Minutes of
December 3 meeting were read and, after corrections, approved. Melba Drake
gave the Treasurer's Report in detail with balance of $109.15 as of January 31,
Avis Brister, Vice Chairman, reported 48 members which included a new member,
Jim beaty, and 4 guests. One of the guests, J. Kent Hackleman who has given
valuable radio coverage to our conservation work.
Mrs, Alvin Massingill resigned as Chairman of Rare Bird Alert because of her
health which is accepted with deep regret, Sarah Gordon commended Mrs, Massingill highly for her dependable work through the years, and the Group gave her
a vote of thanks by applause. She responded most graciously. Mrs. Margaret
Andersnn was appointed as Chairman of Rare Bird Alert, She can be reiched, usually,
before 10:00 A.M. and after 3:00P.M. Mrs. Jerry Baker is Co-Chairman.
Next 0G meeting is Thursday, April 1. Marily Krog announced that Bob Dooley of
the Houston Zoo will be the Speaker, a very effective one. Marilyn Crane announced
a February 27 field trip to Cinco Raneh, .meeting at 7:30 at ranch entrance, same
being 13.3 miles beyond Fondren Road out Westheimer. Grain elevator opposite
entrance. The Brazoria Wildlife Refuge Field Trip had 39 present with 69 species,
Hooded and LeConte's Sparrows included,
Johanna Grabbe was commended _br the fine job of publicity. Mention was made of
radio announcements. Sarah announced another source of possible revenue, selling
Gwen Foster stationery for $55. which costs $32.50. She will finance same.
Melba Drake announced contemplated road development on Padre Island. Suggested
we contact James McLaughlen, Supt. of Padre Island Seashore, Corpus Christi,
Texas, Attn, Planning Commission, expressing opposition and recommending a wildlife
refuge. Mr, Robinson stated there will be two meetings, the second one being more
important, Wallace Mebane informed Sarah the Central Branch of the Houston Library
will feature "Nation Wildlife Week" in March and needs support. There are several
display cases with locks; also large bulletin boards.
Harry Brister announced the three speakers of the evening, first expressing his
appreciation and enjoyment of OG and its members. Dirk Hagermeyer, a long time
producer and narrator of fine films, who this night shows scenes of beauty of Silas
Canyon, a remote wilderness area, Mrs. Margaret Anderson, who began birding in
1961, has 535 U.S. Birds and 125 Germany birds, truly a great birder. She gave a
tempting and descriptive narration of Waybay Reservation, Blackhills, Spearfish
Canyon, Custer State Park, ete,, all occupied by many species of birds in quantity
in South Dakota.
Marilyn Crane, Field Program Chairman, originally of Michigan of now of Texas,
having degrees in geology and a Paleonthologist with Humble Oil & Refining Company,
showed films on three trips to Big Bend National Park which captured much unusual
scenic mountains, as well as many of its feathered occupants,
A DELIGHTFUL EVENING!
Mr. David Marrack announced a meeting February 26, Great Southern Life Insurance
Building, Buffalo Speedway, on treatment of bayous by the U.S. Corps of Engineers,