Author(s)Bexar Audubon Society
KeywordsBirds--Conservation--Texas--Periodicals.; Ornithology--Texas--Periodicals.; Nature conservation--Texas--Periodicals.
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AbstractNewsletter began with Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 1983) and ceased with Vol. 3, No. 12 (December 1985). Continued by Bexar Tracks.
VOL. 2 BEXAR AUDUBON SOCIE'IY P.O. BOX 60H4 • SAN ANTONIO, TEXA" 7H209 NO. '3 Septembet~ 1984 BEXAR AUDUBON GENERAL MEETING September 20, 7:30 PH, Witte Museum Auditorium GOLDEN-CHEEKED WARBLER ECOLOGY For Texans the endangered species which probably receives the most concerned attention next to the whooping crane is the golden-cheeked warbler. With its nesting restriced to a very few suitable areas of Central Texas, the populations of this little bird are both low and precarious. We are privileged to have Mr. Clifton Ladd, Biologist at Southwest Texas State University, at the September meeting to present the latest information on the current status · of this beautiful bird. Mr. Ladd has been studying the ecology and nesting requirements of the golden-cheeked warbler under a joint agreement with SWTSU and Texas Parks and Wildlife. What he has learned has altered many of the previous concepts of the bird's habitat interactions and the problems it faces. He will present historical perspectives on the warbler and current land use practices which impact its future. His talk will also provide insights into what we might be able to do to insure that this special part of our natural heritage will be protected for future generations. Try to arrive at this first meeting of the fall season a little earlier than usual. We will have interesting items on display, the Chairmen and members of various committees will be on hand to talk about the work of their committee, the conservation bulletin board will be full, and you will have a chance to meet Mr. Ladd and to get acquainted with our new location facility .• AND there will be a special surprise. NOTE: Since we know that steel folding chairs have a tendency to put one's posterior to sleep, you might conside r bringing a cushion to promote sweet dreams ! BEXAR AUDUBON ANNUAL MEETING Plans are nearly completed for the 1985 Annual Meeting of Rexar Audubon to be held near Hunt, TX on January 26 - 27. The meetine \vi ll include \vorkshops on finding birds (Ed ICutac), identifying plants (Paul Cox) , environmental games (Rhea Copening), environmental story-telling (Gail Ross), legislative communication (Dede Armentrout), nature preserve development (David Mahler). There will be a presentation on Proje ct WILD (Darrell Holt), and we hope to provide environmental activities for younger children. The evening program will be given by Jim Steiert of the Texas Waterfowlers Association, and field trips on Sunday are planned to Kerr Wildlife Mgt. Area, YO Ranch, and Herff Falls Ranch. BE SURE TO MARK THE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR and watch for more details. ************************************************** BEXAR AUDUBON ELECTIONS are coming up soon! The Candidates for Office are as Pt~es i dent : Vice Pt~ e~;ident: Sect~etat~y: Tt~ easur~et~: foll•:•WS: Byt~or. St t:•ne Susar. Rust Ct~a i g Thompsc•n Thelma Nungesser I ncumber.t I r1c um ber•t rr.cumbent Incumber.t The f•:•llc•wing Committee to B·:•at~d: people have been selected by the Nominating run for at-large positions on Bexar Audubon's IYiat~ge Antor.io bi r~ds. F 1 ar.det~meyet~: t~es i der.t fc•t~ Office management consultant, San 18 yeat~s, r.attwe l•:•vet~, ir.tet~ested ir• Manuel Flores: Owner of Native Design Nursery, ethnobotanist, newsletter editor for Native Plant Society. Nora Bonsignore: Newsletter editor for Bexar Audubon, co-owner of Driver Diversified Home Improvement, interested in Texas Hill Country. Millie Beavet~: Membet~ C•f Bexar Audubon Membership Committee Additional nominations are welcomed, please contact Sherry Stone @ 699-1971, or Judi Lipsett @ 821-5675. NON-GAME FUND STRATEGY MEETINGS At Holly Morgan's on August 7 the first organizational meeting to develop the strategy for the San Antonio area in the promotion of the Non-game wildlife Fund Program was held. Sam Rand, representing San Antonio Audubon, Hector Gonzales, representing Sierra Club, Pam Schilt, Rill and Mary Goers, Roy Marlow, Holly Morgan, Mary Burton, Lupe Goodson, and Nancy Kent, representing Bexar Audubon, and Susan Rust, representing Audubon Council of Texas, were in attendence. It is hoped that the local group of the Native Plant Society, the League of Women Voters Conservation Committee, and the local Herpetological Society will also be participating in this effort. After a review of the background of the program, the groups decided that each would remain independent in the execution of the marketing, but all would operate under direction from a coordinating committee composed of representatives from each of the participating organizations. The general strategy for distribution and marketing of the non-game stamp and decal was discussed and several possiole approaches were considered. Refining of the marketing plan and the specifics of the publicity campaign will occur in September, so that we will be ready to begin upon release of the materials during the first part of October. On August 16 a Program Status Meeting was held in Austin. Three representatives from Bexar Audubon, 1 from Travis Audubon, 1 from Audubon Council, and the Reg. Vice Pres., Dede Armentrout and Reg. Rep., Rhea Copening from National Audubon attended. Rhea announced that articles on the program will appear in TX Hwys. Mag. in Oct., in TPWD Mag and Audubon Mag. in Nov.; that TPWD is preparing a promotional slide show; that PSAs for TV, and flyers and posters will be available; that a big media kick-off event is planned in Austin for mid-Nov.; that marketing and promotional information packets will be available to participating organizations; that additional articles, events and publicity are also planned. This is the very best opportunity for Bexar Audubon to make a real contribution to wildlife conservation in the State of Texas. It is hoped that ALL members will be pleased to share in making this project an unqualified success. SEPTEMBER CALENDAR 9/8 ... 9/13 9/18 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/23 9/29 9/30 Bombarded By Bugs Outing (Bexar Audubon) Holly Morgan 496-6556 SAAS General Meeting Garden Center, 7:30 pm Sierra Club General Meeting Unitarian Church, 7:30 pm Bexar Audubon General Meeting "Golden-Cheeked ~.Jarblers - Ecology & Current Status" Clifton Ladd, Wildlife Biologist, SWTSU \.<Jitte Huseum Audutorium 7:30 pm TX Organization on Endangered Species Meeting Rudder Tower, Texas A & M University, 9:00 am Outing Leaders School (Sierra Club) Steve Hassner 492-'3018 Wildflower Sowing at Friedrich Park Patty Leslie 824-1235 Davis Mountains Outing - 3 days (Bexar Audubon) Byron Stone 699-1971 Hill Country Grasses Outing (Bexar Aud./Native Plant Soc.) Patty Leslie 824-1235 OCTOBER CALENDAR 10/3 10/4 10/6 10/6 10/11 . 10/12 • Bexar Audubon Conservation Committee Meeting Holly Morgan 496-6556 Bexar Audubon Board Meeting Thelma Nungesser 824-8991 Texas Nature Conservancy Annual Meeting - San Antonio Workshop on Hazardous Waste Siting - San Marcos SAAS General Meeting Caprock Canyons State Park Outing - 4 days (Bexar Audubon) Susan Rust 653-3105 10/16 . Sierra Club General Meeting 10/18 . Bexar Audubon General Meeting 10/20 . 10/20 . 10/27 . 10/27 . Tom VerMersch - "Snakes, Salamanders and Such" Hitte Museum Auditorium, 7:30 pm Native Plant Society Annual Meeting - San Antonio Sierra Club Annual Meeting Audubon Council of Texas - hosted by Bexar Audubon Potluck Picnic and Owl Prowl Susan Rust 653-3105 10/28 . lv1itchell Lake Birding Outing (Bexar Audubon) 10/28 . Botanical Center Outing (Bexar Audubon) Patty Leslie 824-1235 BEXAR AUDUBON OUTINGS ROMBARDED BY BUGS (September 8, Holly Morgan 496-6556) Do you sometimes wonder what creepy craHlers are being zapped all night by your neighbor's electric bug fryer? Have you seen strange creatures flying around your porch lights? Are unidentifiable fellows consuming what's left of your lawn? Are you just curious about what things are out and about while you're safely tucked in bed? Well, this outing is for you. Agricultural entomologist Terry Mitchell will be on hand to introduce you to some of the six-legged all-nighters. Call Holly for details of where and what time to meet. FRIEDRICH PARK HILDFLOWER SmHNG (Sept. 23, Patty Leslie 824-1235) We want our adopted park to shine at all times of the year, so in preparation for next Spring we'll be spreading native wildflower seeds in appropriate places in the park. Its more fun than \vork, and hopefully the weather will be stabilizing for more comfort. Bring a hand trovJel or claw scraper and cotton gardening gloves if you have such (all well marked please), or if you don't have the tools just show up anyway at the gate at about 8:30 am for instructions. feel free to bring interested friends along, and of course bring a sack lunch. DAVIS MOUNTAINS (Sept. 29 Oct. 1, Byron Stone 699-1971) This is just about the best time of year to savor the cool beauty of this lovely part of our State. The rounded mountains with their unique flora and fauna, the diversity of resident and migrating birds, the wonderful accomodations of Indian Lodge, provide t~e perfect atmosphere in which to collect your thoughts (and perhaps a new species or two) for the fall and winter months ahead. HILL COUNTRY GRASSES (September 30, Patty Leslie 824-1235) Most of us may not even notice the incredible variety of grasses which literally cover the Hill Country everywhere that there is a smidge of soil. What is grass? Why is it important? Why are there these particular species instead of others? What is the war that is constantly being waged practically before our eyes? Are any of these species suited to cultivation in our yard? Who cares? If you thought grasses w~re uninteresting and unimportant, you're in for a big surprise! Sam Coleman, range specialist and Hill Country naturalist, will guide the participants on this outing of discovery co-sponsored by Bexar Audubon and the local group of the Native Plant Society. The outing will be conducted at Enchanted Rock. CAPROCK CANYONS STATE PARK (Oct. 12 - 15, Susan Rust . 653-3105) This gorgeous new addition to our State park system is nestled just at the edge of the Southern High Plains. The eroded Permian red beds are the doninant feature of the landscape, but the park contains five distinct vegetational communities and their associated fauna. Camping is the featured accomodation type, but the range here is from "wilderness" to "paved with hookups." Hikes are planned to explore the geoloeic and ecosystem diversity. This is a rare, unspoiled spot in the Texas Panhandle, and a nice opportunity to escape the hectic pace of the urban environment. For more details call the leader. Also, note the article in the May issue of Texas Highways Magazine. POTLUCK PICNIC AND OWL PROYJL (Oct. 27, Susan Rust 653-3105) This evening outing in conjunction with our hosting of the fall meeting of Audubon Council of Texas will provide a relaxed chance for the whole family to get to know other members better, meet Audubon folks from around the State, and explore our adopted park by the light of the moon. We \~ill hold the picnic part at Raymond Russell Park beginning at 6:30 pm. Please bring enough of your favorite casserole, salad, dessert or whatever to share with a few other people. Beverage will be provided. Following dinner, games, and maybe a little story-telling, we'll go over to Friedrich Park to stalk the elusive owl. PLEASE TRY TO LET SUSAN ~N OW YOU ARE COMING. Let's make this a very special evening. ********************************* BEXAR AUDUBON SPONSORS CLASS As part of its attempt to promote environmental education in this regi on, Bexar Audubon will be sponsoring Helen Kiss' fifth grade class by providing environmental education materials throughout the year. The teaching packets are supplied by National Audubon. If you know of a fourth or fifth grade teacher who might like to participate in this program, ask him/her to \Jrite a brief request to Bexar Audubon. ************************************************** Please submit copy Bonsignore, 9514 La 28, 198L~. for the October newsletter to Nora Rue, 78217, (826-8531>, by Septembet~ ADOPT-A-PARK Bexar Audubon is now working closely with SA Parks & Rec. personnel on developing plans and activities in Friedrich Park. At least one outing each month throughout the fall is planned in the park. The activities will focus on service needs and on increasing our familiarity with the resource and particularly· its flora and fauna. Please join in the outings, and in the planning process carried on through the Adopt-A-Park and Conservation Committees. This is our special vehicle to insure environmental enrichment for all people in the San Antonio area and beyond. RIVER CORRIDOR MEETING On August 4, Nancy Kent, t1ary Burton, IIolly Morgan and Susan Rust from Bexar Audubon attended the 1984 meeting of the San Antonio River Corridor Association. The keynote address by Mayor Cisneros highlighted concerns and future prospects for the San Antonio River Corridor. Plans for corridor development in the northern sector, (Hildebrand to Northern Downtown), might include parkway design similar to the Riverwalk, and improved public access and transport; in the central sector, (River Bend Downtown), which is currently overused and overfocused, activities might center on modifications of traffic patterns, continuation of rehabilitation and cleanup, and tighter zoning restrictions on new building projects; in the southern sector, (South Downtown to South San Antonio), focus might be on further development of green space and perhaps on increasing recreational possibilities. Fred Pfeiffer of the San Antionio River Authority outlined the plans for the flood control project using a by-pass tunnel to carry excess flood waters from the Brackenridge area to below the King William area. Special workshops on flood control, economics, community objectives, an ~ urban d~si gn were held to discuss concerns, present new ideas, and offer comment on current proposals. Horkshop concensus favored expanded community involvement, formation of a central desc i sion-making entity, careful planning in the area of zoning restrictions, general approval for the diversion tunnel project, and whole-hearted support for continuance of this type of productive, multi-agency meeting . HAWK MIGRATION Unlike smaller migratory birds, hawks and eagles take the easy road south, drifting down the drafts of warm air that rise from valley floors in mountainous areas. Watch for them on mountain tops on clear, warm days. Different species migrate at different times during the season. Broad winged hawks are the first to leave. Watch for them during the second or third week of September. Look for the banded tail. Sharp-shinned hawks can be seen in late September or early October. Red-tailed hawks are the last to go. The peak of t hei r migration is usally in November. Watch for the glint of the red tail as the hawk soars past. For further information: Watching Birds, An Introduction to Orinthology, Roger F. Pasquier, Houghton Mifflin. Reprinted from ••• The Curious Naturalist. BEXAR AUDUBON «]<<< - -~ I SOCIEIY 1!0. BOX 60H4 • SAN ANTONIO.ll-:xA." 7H209 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U. S. POSTAGE PAID SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Permit No. 590