Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XXXIX, No. 3
Monday. April lr ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissonnet just uest of Hillcroft). H. Douglas Pratt,
artist, ornithologist and.Staff Research Associate of the
Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science, will
present a program of birds of the South Pacific and Hawaii.
He considers his most important work to be A Field Guide to
the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. His paintings
have appeared in numerous periodicals including Audubon.
Natural History. American Birds and The Living Bird.
Confusing April migrants will be the subject of Learning
Corner at 7:00 P.M.
Saturday. April 13: ONC/OG/CONCHOLOGY FIELD TRIP TO
MATAGORDA ISLAND. This year we will participate in the
annual Matagorda Adventure to be sponsored by Texas Parks
and Uildlife Dept. (TPWD). Reservation forms are available
at all OG/ONC/CONCHOLOGY meetings or through Dorothy
Parmesan (622-7139). Boat fare ($15.00 Adults, $10
Children) must be paid in advance and mailed with your
reservation form to TPWD. Recommended motel: Tarpon Inn,
Port Aransas (512) 983-2606. Notify Dorothy if you are
coning so she can make arrangements for transportation on
Saturday. April 27: OG FIELD TRIP TO HIGH ISLAND to witness
spring migration at its best. We will look for shorebirds,
cuckoos, swallows, warblers, tanagers and much, much more.
Heat at 7:30 A.M. at the picnic tables on the west side of
Hwy. 124 just north of High Island. Leader to be announced.
Direct questions to David Bradford at 855-2615.
Monday. Mav 6: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M. Harris
County Bayland Community Center. Colonial nesting birds of
Galveston Bay will be the subject of the program presented
by Mike Lang of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sunday. August 11: OG PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF PORT ARANSAS on
the Scat-Cat, an 80 foot catamaran, for birders only. Mike
Austin will be our leader as we look for Wilson's Storm-
Petrel, Northern Gannet, boobies, shearwaters and more. The
boat leaves from Fisherman's Wharf in Port Aransas at 6:00
A.M. and is scheduled to return at approximately 5:00 P.M.
A $20 deposit must be mailed to David Bradford, 18046 Green
Hazel Drive, Houston, TX 77084 as soon as possible to hold
your place. Deposit checks must be received before June 30,
1991. The $20 balance must be paid when boarding (5:30
A.M.) on the day of the trip. Rooms are available at the
Best western Seaside Motel (512-729-4105) in Port Aransas,
ten minutes from the boat. A room for four is approximately
$66.00 per night. Contact David Bradford for further
details at 713-855-2615.
Saturday. September 21: 1991 SIXTH ANNUAL TEXAS COASTAL
CLEANUP from 9:00 A.M. to Noon. Last September, 15,000
Beach buddies removed 233 tons of trash from Texas beaches.
Plan on joining your Ornithology Group and Houston Audubon
friends at Bolivar Flats and help make the "Flats" safe of
AND YARD REPORTS
The March 4, 1991 meeting of the Ornithology Group
was called to order by Chairman Richard Uzar at 7:35 P.M.
The first order of business was an expression of
appreciation by the membership to Tony and Phyllis Frank for
their superb work on the Christmas Count Supplement to the
The nominees for the 1991-92 officers of the O.G.
were elected by acclamation.
Chairman - Bob Honig
Vice Chairman - David Bradford
Treasurer - Ed LeBeau
Secretary • Christine Bourgeois
Membership Chairman Ed Rozenburg introduced the
evening's speaker, David Perry. A native of England, David
Perry is currently Program Coordinator at Russ Pittman Park.
His topic was British birds and their American counterparts.
Gretchen Mueller, Secretary
PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON NATIONAL UILDLIFE REFUGE PLAN
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW8) is seeking ideas
from the public on management of the Service's National
' Uildlife Refuge System. A series of 31 public meetings will
be held across the country beginning in Harch to allow
interested individuals and others an opportunity to offer
suggestions on management programs and policies for the next
10-15 years on the more than 450 refuges in the 93 million-
acre National Uildlife Refuge System. A draft environmental
impact statement will be developed and public hearings will
be held to allow additional comment by interested parties.
One meeting was held in Austin on March 20, however those
interested in attending the public hearings should contact
the UWFWS regional office in Albuquerque at (505) 766-8041