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TO A SKYLARK
VOLUME XV, No. 9
Ethereal Minstrel! Pilgrim of the sky!
Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound?
Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye -
Both with thy neat upon the dewy ground?
Thy nest which thou canst drop into at will,
Those quivering wings composed, that music still!
To the last point of vision, and beyond,
Mount, daring WarblerS that love-prompted strain,
('Twist thee and thine a never-failing bond)
Thrills not the less the bosom of the plain:
Yet might'st thou seem, proud privilege! to sing
All independent of the leafy spring.
Leave to the Nightingale her shady wood;
A privacy of glorious light is thine:
Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood
Of harmony, with instinct more divine;
Type of the vise who-soar, but never roam;
True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home!
-William Wordsworth *
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
January 30 (Monday) Audubon Wildflife Film presented by Hugh Land- "Out of the Selva." Pershing
Jr. High School, 7000 Braes Blvd. at 8 PM.
February 2 (Thursday) Regular OG meeting in the Downtown Recreation Center at 7:30 PM. Mrs.
(Ground Hog Day) Norma Oates will show slides of her trip to Mexico last May, when she was
accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Murray, Miss Ruth Moorman, and Mrs. Jerry
February 12 (Sunday) OG Field Trip to Palmetto State Park led.by Mary Sears and Pat Sullivan,
(idflcoln's Meet at the park entrance at. 9:30 AM. Travel Highway 90 west to 183,"_-ou_-
Birthday) two miles to the park or Highway 90A west to 183, north 12 miles to the park,
(approximately 150 miles from Houston). This is an all-day trip, so bring
your lunch. Highlights from the 1964 trip to Palmetto include Harris' and
Fox Sparrows, Bewick's Wren, Ladderbaeked Woodpecker, Spotted Towhee(Harlan'3
Hawk, Ground and Inea Doves, Roadrunner, and Caracara, along with a good
variety of ducks. We hope that some friends from the San Antonio and Austin
areas will be able to join us on this outing - and yon, too!
February 14 (Tuesday) Regular ONC meeting at Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive, at 8 PM. A
(Valentine1a Day) preaentation on the Sea-Arama of Texas will be given by its Public Relations
Director, Dave McSpadden.
February 18 (Saturday) ONC Field Trip, "Whelks and Wentletraps," led by Dorothy Sorrella. See
your Nature Club Notes for details.
February 20 (Monday) Audubon Wildlife Film at the Pershing Jr. High School at 8 PM—"Wild Rivers
of North America," presented by John D. Bulger.
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correct, please drop a card to Miss Melba Drake, 1746 Wroxton Court, Houston, Texas 77005, so
that she and Nell Ray can get your issues to you more efficiently. It is important that everyone cooperate in this matter. Thank you.