Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club
Houston, Texas, Libby Price, Editor; Ellen Red, Asst. Editor
VOLUME XXXVII, Nos. 6-7
Wednesday, Aug. 3: Deadline for Spoonbill material
and for Clearing House reports; send reports
to Clearing House, P.O. Box 271374, Zip 77277.
Thursday, Aug. 4: Ornithology Group meeting at
Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood, 7:30 p.m.
Kelly Bryan of the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department will speak on the bird life and
bird management efforts in the new, and not
yet open, Kickapoo Caverns State Park and
Devil's Sinkhole State Park.
Saturday, Aug. 20: Ornithology Group field trip to
Bolivar Flats with David Dauphin as leader.
Shorebird migration will be well under way at
this time, so plan on spending half a day birding at Bolivar Flats. We'll meet at 7:30 a.m.
at the parking area by the north (Bolivar end)
ferry landing. Bring cold drinks and sun block.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN
by Ed Rozenburg
We take it for granted at each Ornithology
Group meeting at Bayou Manor that we will have
the nice auditorium, stage and other facilities that
help our meetings run smoothly and comfortably.
It is unlikely that these would be at our disposal
if it were not for Mrs. Marion Taylor.
Mrs. Taylor is our sponsor at Bayou Manor.
She makes arrangements for the room and, as sponsor, must be there at each meeting. She receives
the complaints from Bayou Manor residents and
management if we are too noisy, stay too late or
break something. Let's try to make her job as
easy as possible.
Marion and her husband, Mr. E. W. Taylor are
longtime members of the Ornithology Group and the
Outdoor Nature Club. Unfortunately, Mr. Taylor is
very ill, so they cannot participate actively in most
other club activities. If you have not met Marlon
Taylor, make an effort to do so at the next meeting
and express our appreciation for her efforts to help
keep our club meetings going smoothly.
A SALUTE TO SOME SPOONBILL VOLUNTEERS
The editors of The Spoonbill would like to
salute some volunteers who help get your copy into
your mailbox each month. Connie Clark is the
Layout Artist who takes time to fit the whole thing
together from a pile of copy. She never knows
when the effort has to be made, because your editors
don't know either; two months of last year we had
no Clearing House but kept waiting day by day until we had to publish without it. There have been
times when the editor appeared on Connie's doorstep
at night and sat waiting while she pasted up so that
The Spoonbill could go to the printers in the morning. Connie has never let us down, and we thank
her for her help and forbearance.
Peggy Milstead has been in charge of the subscription list for who knows how long. She updates
a list that is never the same, deals with new members and changes of address and the times when the
Post Office inexplicably returns a copy with the
correct address. At dues time she updates the list
until the last minute because she is so conscientious.
It is an exacting job, and we thank Peggy for carrying it out so accurately, month after month, year
after year, getting those labels ready.
Yetta Chapman was mailing The Spoonbill when
our editorship began. Soon after, Connie Schimbor
took over. Mailing means putting on labels, separating the copies by zip code and counting them out
into bundles of equal weight for the bulk mailing
and delivering them to the Post Office- When we
inserted a dues page or other extra the mail person
did it by hand to keep the printer's bill down and
save the OG money. If you get your Spoonbill later
than other people, blame your local Post Office, because Yetta and Connie have always mailed promptly.
We thank them for their contribution.
It takes a lot of work to publish our news-letter. We could never do it without volunteers wbo
do tedious work each month, and do it accurately