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									                              Brown Pelican
                                May / June 2004




                    The

                                    The Newsletter of the Coastal Bend Audubon Society




                                                                                                    May Speaker:
                                                                                                    Dr. Lee A. Fuiman,
Of Whoopers and Other Wonders                                                                       Scientist/Author,
By CBAS Newsletter Editor, Kendal Keyes                                                             The University of Texas
                                                                                                    Marine Science Institute
I recently had the pleasure of being a            providing unparalleled vantage points for
guest aboard the Rockport Birding and             viewing wildlife. You can sit comfortably         Subject:
Kayak Adventures Skimmer. The Skim-               on the top deck and enjoy the view and
                                                                                                    Antarctic Seals: Using
mer is a fast and quiet 40’ aluminum hull         fresh air or you may sit in the cabin next
                                                                                                    Technology to
tour boat. She drafts only 2.5 feet and           to huge openable windows on a cush-
                                                                                                    Understand Nature
cruises comfortably at 25-30 mph making           ioned seat with restrooms nearby and a
her the fastest birding tour vessel in the        PA system that you can actually under-
area.    She can get almost anywhere
                                                                                                    Location:
                                                                            (Continued on page 2)
                                                                                                    Corpus Christi Museum
                                                                                                    of Science and History
May Speaker - Dr. Lee A. Fuiman                                                                     1900 N. Chaparral
                                                                                                    Corpus Christi, Texas
Antarctic Seals: Using Technology to Understand
How can we learn about the hunting                and windiest place on earth. An exciting          Time:
behavior of marine mammals?          They         presentation you should not miss.                 1st Tuesday of the
swim too fast and too deep for humans to                                                            month 6:45 pm
observe directly. Dr. Fuiman and his col-         Dr. Fuiman earned his B.S. in Marine Biol-        _____________________
leagues have begun to make great                  ogy at Southampton College, then re-
advances in understanding how Weddell             ceived a M.S. in Fishery Biology from Cor-        No Summer Series
Seals in Antarctica find their food, by at-       nell University, followed by a Ph.D. also in      this summer.
taching specially designed instruments to         Fishery Biology from University of Michi-
the seal.                                         gan. He was a National Science Founda-            There will be NO
                                                  tion Postdoctoral Fellow at Scottish M    a-      June, July, or August
Dr. Fuiman will review some of these ex-          rine Biological Association and joined the        speakers or meetings.
citing findings and show what it takes to         University of Texas Marine Science Insti-
conduct research in the coldest, driest,          tute in 1988.                                      We will resume CBAS
                                                                                                     presentations again in
                                                  Lee is currently Professor of Marine Sci-            September at the
                                                  ence and Professor of Integrative Biology             Corpus Christi
                                                  at The University of Texas and has a     u-        Museum of Science
                                                  thored more than 90 scientific publications            and History
                                                  on biology of larval fishes and marine               1900 N. Chaparral
                                                  mammals.                                           Corpus Christi, Texas

                                                  For more information see www.utmsi.                All members and the
                                                  utexas.edu/staff/fuiman or call 361-728-            public are invited!
                                                  4635.
  A lone researcher braves an Antarctic storm
              Photo by Lee Fuiman
                                        What’s Up Around Texas
   April 30 – May 3, 2004, Lago Vista, TX, 4th Annual             areas to provide an unparalleled vantage point to o    b-
   Texas Songbird Festival.                                       serve and photograph wildlife. We will limit our CBAS
   Located 35 miles northwest of Austin, the “gateway             trip to the first 20 that make reservations, so call now.
   to the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Ref-             Contact: Terri Nicolau 442-9437. See
   uges” offers excellent habitat for two Texas endemic           http://www.rockportadventures.com/rpa/ for more in-
   endangered birds – the Golden-cheeked warbler and              formation.
   the Black-capped vireo. The festival includes oppor-
   tunities to view both of these species on birding              May 14-16, 2004, Weslaco, TX, 5th Annual
   walks as well as programs, a trade show and other              Dragonfly Days.
   events. Contact: Lago Vista Chamber of Commerce                Focusing on the diversity of these flying wonders
   888-328-LAGO www.lagovista.org                                 found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, this event o    f-
                                                                  fers field trips, seminars and lots of opportunities to
   April 30 – May 2, 2004, Chappell Hill, TX, First               see birds, butterflies, and dragonflies in one of Amer-
   Annual BirdFest.                                               ica’s most diverse regions. Contact: Valley Nature
   This n ew central Texas festival features renowned             Center, Weslaco, 956-969-2475.
   speakers, birding field trips in the beautiful heart of
   Texas. Contact: Washington County Convention and               July 15-18, 2004, Brownsville, TX, Brownsville
   Visitors Bureau 1 888-Brenham                                  International Bird Festival.
                                                                  Pelagic trips, Laguna Madre, thornscrub and butterfly
   Saturday May 8, 2004, Rockport/Fulton, the                     trips, as well as a field trip into Mexico highlight this
   Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and                           international event. The only Rio Grande festival to
   surrounding area.                                              feature summer birding, the field trips offer Leaches;
   Coastal Bend Audubon Society coastal birding field             Storm petrel, masked booby, Magnificent frigatebird,
   trip aboard the Skimmer. 7:15 a.m.- 12:00p.m. Rock-            Reddish egret, and many others. Daily seminars, a
   port Birding and Kayak Adventures continues the tra-           marketplace and evening activities, round out the pro-
   dition of Captain Ted's Whooping Crane Tours                   gram. Contact: David Lee, Brownsville Convention
   aboard the Skimmer. The Skimmer is fast, quiet, and            and Visitors Bureau. www.Brownsville.org, E-mail:
   drafts only 2.5 feet. Built for birding, she carries up to     dlee@brownsville.org
   46 passengers and will maneuver into remote birding



Of Whoopers and Other Wonders (continued)
(Continued from page 1)                                            It was already 7:30 a.m. but my sleepy weekend eyes
stand and listen to Captain Tommy Moore or birding                 were still red. I opted to pass on the vino a la card-
guide Richard Gibbons describe the area and the wild-              board, saving it for the afternoon guests! As we left the
life. It is fun and effortless birding - - or just a fun way to    harbor, we were greeted by much perkier breakwater
spend the morning or afternoon enjoying our bays!                  riff-raff - Brown pelicans, Great Blue herons, Herring
                                                                   gulls, Ring-billed gulls, and Laughing gulls - new spe-
                                                 As the boat       cies for many of the birders on board. Their enthusiasm
                                                 s l o w l y       was contagious and although I’d seen these birds many
                                                 pulled away       times, I enjoyed watching the others as they spotted
                                                 from     the      new birds.
                                                 dock,       I
                                                 walked to         Leaving the no wake zone, the Skimmer reached a
                                                 the back of       comfortable cruising speed as we headed out to the first
                                                 the    cabin      of our many stops for the morning. Soon after we were
                                                 and poured        underway someone spotted a Common loon. As we
                                                 myself     a      cruised, several Royal terns flew overhead and an Os-
                                                 cup of fresh      prey and several Turkey vultures soared in distance.
                                                 coffee and        Occasionally a graceful Least tern plunged into the wa-
         The Rockport Birding and Kayak          added      a      ter beside our boat.
            Adventures M.V. Skimmer              little  milk.
                Photo by Kendal Keyes                                                                       (Continued on page 3)


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Of Whoopers and Other Wonders (continued)
(Continued from page 2)                                       sitting in the middle of the group, and the sun, now high
A squadron of Brown Pelicans graced us with an up-            overhead, shone brilliantly off his iridescent back. Sev-
close look as about 15 flew very nearby appearing abso-       eral black- and yellow-crowned night herons could be
lutely motionless as they glided only inches above the        seen scattered through out the trees and flying overhead.
water. Captain Tommy explained to us that the pelicans        The Captain told us that there were literally dozens of
fly close to the water surface to compress the air thereby    night herons in the trees, we just would not see them
making their flight more efficient.                           unless something spooked them and made them move.

Passing a dredge spoil island we saw a Lesser-black
backed gull, a new bird for many aboard, Sandwich terns,
Common terns, Royal terns, a Semi-palmated plover,
Black-bellied plovers, Oystercatchers, Willets, and sev-
eral other small shorebirds. Soon after we left these is-
lands and began our way over to the intracoastal canal
we saw several Atlantic bottle-nose dolphins playing off
the starboard side. The Captain cut the engines and we
enjoyed watching and photographing them for about 15
minutes. Several dolphins were together in very shallow
water. As they played around, maybe they were fishing,
their dorsal fins and upper dorsal surface were almost
constantly out of the water, offering us all a great view.

We entered the intracoastal waterway next to the Aran-
sas National Wildlife Refuge and immediately spotted a
nesting Grey-tailed hawk perched upon a nest high in the
top of an oak tree mott. Cruising slowly down the chan-
nel we passed Common egrets, Great Blue herons, Wil-
                                                                           Roseate spoonbills, White ibises, and a
lets, Yellowlegs, Long-billed curlews and a feral hog.              Little Blue heron roost together on a dredge island.
Captain Tommy commented that he often sees hogs,                                    Photo by Kendal Keyes
javelina, deer, raccoon and other non-bird wildlife.
                                                              The bright green of the new mesquite leaves contrasted
After a very short, and very pleasant 30 minute cruise        beautifully with the other dark green foliage, and the red
down the channel we spotted a Whooping crane. It was          flowers of hundreds of coral bean plants in full bloom pro-
a young female that the Captain knew well! She was            vided a stunning backdrop for the spectacular pink of the
only about 150 yards from our boat and appeared com-          Roseates.
pletely unconcerned by our presence. She continued
resting, walking, and occasionally eating crabs during our    White poppies were also in full bloom and the shoreline
entire 30 minute visit, providing the photographers with      of this island was completely covered in a snowy blanket.
terrific photo ops. Hopefully they all came away with         Several small boats were anchored at this area, some
some of the best photos they have ever taken.                 people fished, others just enjoyed the spring sun, lazing
                                                              on the decks of the boats.
Red-winged blackbirds and sparrows flitted about in the
marsh grass. We heard the call of a Clapper rail in the       We eventually turned toward home. Using the new Rock-
marsh area near the Whooping crane and scoured the            port Resort Hotel as a landmark we headed straight
cordgrass anxiously for a glimpse, to no avail. Carolina      across the bay, and the speedy Skimmer took us home
wrens called from the opposite bank and some tree tops        smooth and dry in no time at all. It was a perfect ending
were spotted with Scissor-tailed flycatchers and the occa-    to a very exciting and at the same time, peaceful morn-
sional Northern cardinal and Mockingbird. In the distance     ing. The beauty and marvelous wildlife of our coastal
the Captain spotted a Crested caracara! We moved on           bays, combined with the comfort of the Skimmer, always
eventually, although the beautiful young Whooping crane       provides an enjoyable adventure.
remained.
                                                              Coastal Bend Audubon Society is planning a private
Later we pulled up near a rookery island that was literally   (CBAS members and guests) field trip aboard the
                                                                                                       th
exploding with color and wings. Several large trees right     Skimmer for the morning of Saturday May 8 , 7:30 a.m.
on the edge of the water were completely full of White        See What’s Up Around Texas (pg. 2) for more informa-
ibises, and Roseate spoonbills. A Little blue heron was       tion and to make a reservation.



                                                                                                                    Page 3
Coastal Native Plants and Wildlife
Compliments of Ernie Edmundson

The following is a list of coastal South Texas native plants with an indication of the type of plant and it’s attractiveness to
butterflies or birds. Many thanks to Ernie Edmundson for a terrific program April 6th and for allowing us to print the fol-
lowing information. BU = BUTTERFLIES, BI = BIRDS; Types: SH = SHRUB, T = TREE, G = GRASS, GC = GROUND
COVER, AN = ANNUAL, PR = PERENNIAL, V = VINE

PLANT                               TYPE        BU       BI     PLANT                                  TYPE       BU       BI

Bluebonnet                            AN         X              Dewberry                                  V        X       X
Indian Paintbrush                     AN         X              Carolina Snailseed                        V                X
Indian Blanket                        AN         X        X     Agarito                                  SH                X
Phlox Drummond’s                      AN         X              Blue Sage
Horsemint                             AN         X              Button Bush                              SH        X       X
Coreopsis                             AN         X              American Elderberry                      SH                X
Greenthread                           AN         X        X     Barbados Cherry                          SH        X       X
Texas Thistle                         AN         X              Carolina Wolfberry                       SH        X       X
Bristle Leaf Dyssodia                 AN         X              American Beautyberry                     SH                X
Silverleaf Sunflower                  AN         X        X     Coral Bean                               SH        X       X
Butterfly Weed, Milkweed              PR         X              Turks Cap                                SH        X       X
Manfreda Huaco                        PR         X              Chilepiquin                              SH                X
Fragrant Mistflower                   PR         X        X     Coral Bean                               SH        X       X
Gayfeather                            PR         X              Texas Torchwood                          SH                X
Goldenrod                             PR         X              Guayacan, Soapbush                       SH        X       X
Pigeonberry                           PR                  X     Texas Lantana                            SH        X       X
Autumn Sage                           PR                  X     Roughleaf Dogwood                        SH        X       X
Mealy Blue Sage                       PR         X        X     Cenizo Texas Sage                        SH        X       X
Scarlet Sage                          PR         X        X     Yucca, Spanish Dagger                    SH        X       X
Frog Fruit                            GC         X              Colima, Lime Prickly Ash                  T        X       X
Snake Herb                            GC         X              Wax myrtle                                T        X       X
Wooly Stemodia                        GC         X              Anaqua                                    T        X       X
Little Bluestem                       G          X        X     Sugarberry Hackberry                      T        X       X

Gulf Muhly                            G                   X     Red Mulberry                              T        X       X
Swan Flower                           V                         Farkleberry                               T        X       X

Passion flower (Maypop)               V          X        X     Yaupon Holly                              T        X       X

Mustang Grape                         V                   X     Texas Persimmon                           T        X       X
Snapdragon Vine                       V          X        X     Live Oak                                  T        X       X
Trumpet Creeper                       V                   X     Texas Ebony                               T        X       X
(Campsis radicans)
Crossvine                                                 X     Red Bay                                   T        X       X

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Native Plant Sources
Compliments of Ernie Edmundson

The following is a short list of nurseries that carry native     Rancho Lomitas Native Plant Nursery - exclusively
plants, courtesy of Ernie Edmundson, April speaker.                 natives, retail and wholesale
Local nurseries that carry native plants:                        Benito Trevino, Jr.
                                                                 P.O. Box 442, Rio Grande City, Texas 78582,
Gill's Landscape Nursery – natives, will order specific          Phone: 956-486-2576
plants requested                                                 Email: lomitas@granderiver.net
Airline Rd.
Corpus Christi, Texas                                            Texas Homestead Nursery and Landscaping, Inc., retail
                                                                 6145 US Hwy 183 S.
Turner's Nursery - some natives                                  Cuero, Texas 77954
S.P.I.D.                                                         Phone: 361-275-3537 Fax: 361-277-9125
Corpus Christi, Texas
                                                                 Coastal Bend Native Plants
Adams Flowers & Nursery - some natives                           Gary Pattillo
Hwy. 35 South                                                    217 W. Co. Rd. 2170 exit hwy. 77, 1/2 mile south of
Rockport, Texas                                                  Ricardo on 2170 west. 1st ent. to left.
                                                                 Kingsville, Texas 78363
Heep's Native Plant Nursery - exclusively natives,               Phone: 361-592-5637 or 592-3998
    wholesale                                                    Email: garyp@gcol.net
Mike and Claire Heep                                             Tours will be available in a few weeks by appointment!
Harlingen, Texas



Homing Pigeons Navigate By Following Roads
By: Caroline Davies, The Telegraph – UK, Telegraph Group Limited 2004, via TEXBIRDS and Gene Blacklock, CBAS

"It really has knocked our research team sideways to find        "It really has knocked our research team sideways to find
that after a decade-long international study, pigeons a     p-   that after a decade-long international study, pigeons a     p-
pear to ignore their inbuilt directional instincts and follow    pear to ignore their inbuilt directional instincts and follow
the road system."                                                the road system," said Prof Tim Guilford, reader in animal
                                                                 behaviour at Oxford University's Department of Zoology.
Researchers have cracked the puzzle of how pigeons
find their way home: they just follow the main roads. Zo-        "For long-distance navigation and for birds doing a jour-
                            ologists now believe the             ney for the first time, they will use their inbuilt compasses
  “As the crow flies” phrase "as the crow flies" no              and take sun and star bearings. "But once homing p          i-
no longer means the longer means the shortest                    geons have flown a journey more than once, they home
                            most direct route between            in on a habitual route home, much as we do when we are
     shortest route         two points.                          driving or walking home from work.
between two points!
                                                                 "In short, it looks like it is mentally easier for a bird to fly
They say it is likely that crows and other diurnal birds also    down a road and then turn right. They are just making
choose AA-suggested routes, even though it makes their           their journey as simple as possible".
journeys longer. Some pigeons stick so rigidly to the
roads that they even fly round roundabouts (highway              His team carried out dozens of tests with pigeons in Ox-
turn-arounds) before choosing the exit to lead them back         fordshire, releasing them between 10 and 20 miles from
to their lofts.                                                  their lofts, each with a tiny GPS tracking device attached
                                                                 to their backs.
Animal behaviouralists at Oxford University are stunned
by their findings, which follow 10 years of research into        Matching their routes, they found most flew straight down
homing pigeons. For the last 18 months they have used            the A34 Oxford bypass. "It was almost comical watching
the latest global-positioning technology, allowing them to       one group of birds that we released near a major A road.
track the ground the birds covered to within one to four         They followed the road to the first junction where they all
metres.                                                          turned right, and a couple of junctions on, they all turned
                                                                 left".


                                                                                                                       Page 5
President’s Message
By CBAS President, Terri Nicolau

There are several items to make note of this month.              become a member of only the local Audubon Society and
Please note that we are not going to hold our “Summer            their entire membership dues remain in the local treasury
Series” meetings this year, so there won’t be CBAS               and are not sent to NAS.
meetings in the month of July, or August. Our by-laws
require that the ANNUAL MEETING be held in June, so              I realize that there are some people who might be ada-
we will have a short annual meeting the first Tuesday of         mantly opposed to merging the two organizations, but
June (June 1st 2004) in order to elect officers and to com-      there are many others, like myself, who do not really un-
plete the Chapter Report forms . We’ll start our meeting         derstand why there are two separate groups.
and programs again in September 2004.
                                                                 There are complex details that would need to be worked
Slowly but surely, plans for the “Byrd Harris Memorial           out should this idea go forward. Would we keep two
Hummingbird and Butterfly Garden” at Blucher Audubon             separate names? Could there be two separate board of
Center are being finalized. Gene Blacklock, Ned Wright,          directors? Could there be two separate treasuries? I re-
and David Newstead took on the task of putting together          alize that a true “merger” could take several years to work
great ideas and designs for the garden.                          out, but a partial merger could begin next year with com-
                                                                 bining programs, meetings, and field trips. A joint board
Next, it is time for election of officers. If you have any de-   of directors meeting could begin the process and iron out
sire to have a greater role or participate more in the           a few of the initial wrinkles.
CBAS, we would like to have you contact any board
member. The nominating committee for 2004 will be:               This is just an idea I would like to see discussed. I would
Kendal Keyes, Linda Fuiman, and Carolyn Goodloe. You             like to see the two organizations pull together on common
may contact any of them with nominations. Phone num-             ground in order to be a stronger advocate for conserva-
bers and emails are on the back of the newsletter. There         tion and preservation of our natural resources and wild-
are many goals that we can accomplish, but we need               life.
your help to make things happen!!                                Thank you, Terri Nicolau

Finally, I’d like to propose something that I have been
mulling over for several years. I would like to suggest          Nature Notes
that CBAS and Audubon Outdoor Club consider consoli-             By CBAS Contributing Member, Dave Newstead
dating. Consolidating what? At the very least, the two
organizations could merge meetings and field trips. And          April 10, 2004
at the most, the two groups could merge completely and           Waterbird migration has been in full swing for some time
become an even stronger voice for conservation and               now, and large flocks of ibis, egrets, herons and pelicans
habitat preservation than the two separate groups are            are still commonly seen moving up the coast.
now.
                                                                 Gene Blacklock reported several American golden-
Before completely disregarding this idea, please take            plovers loafing on the geotube structures around the
some time to think about the benefits of combining the           rookery islands in west Nueces Bay in late March.
two groups. To begin with, consider why there should
even be two separate groups. The two groups split so             Upland sandpipers have been heard frequently in March
long ago that even those people who were around at the           and early April, but not yet seen.
time cannot recall or agree on exactly why the split oc-
curred. The two organizations have very similar mission          Songbird migration has begun with the early migrants
and vision statements. By combining our efforts, we              showing up at area hotspots like Pollywog, Packery, and
could accomplish twice as much with half the effort!             Paradise. Get out there early to see the early migrant
                                                                 warblers (Black-and-white, Hooded, Yellow-throated,
Although there are some people who belong only to one            Prothonotary, Kentucky, Nashville, Blue-winged, Northern
of these organizations (CBAS or AOC), most people who            parula, Louisiana waterthrush and others). Blue-headed,
are active participants are members of both groups. Sev-         Yellow-throated and Red-eyed vireos, Orchard orioles
eral years ago, Coastal Bend Audubon Society began a             and Eastern kingbirds are also being reported.
“Chapter Only” membership that allowed a member all of
the benefits of CBAS membership, except for receiving            As for hummingbirds, the ruby-throats are moving
the National Audubon Society (NAS) magazine. This                through, and black-chins have already established territo-
“Chapter Only” membership allows individuals who                 ries and nests at some local spots, such as Rose Hill
choose not to be a part of National Audubon Society to           Cemetery.


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Nature Notes           (continued)                                               MEMBERSHIP
Several sightings of American swallow-tailed kites have       Name:
been reported at various locations throughout the coastal     Address:
area.
                                                              City:
During a recent banding event at Padre Island National        State:           Zip Code:
Seashore, a Palm warbler was captured, banded and re-
leased.                                                       Phone:             E-mail:
                                                              Indicate membership preference:
Note: I will be responsible for compiling the Nature Notes
in the newsletter in the future. The reports here have                 I would like to become a member of:
been based on either my own sightings or those with                    National Audubon Society (NAS) AND
whom I am in frequent communication. I welcome reports                 Coastal Bend Audubon Society (local W-13).
of other notable sightings throughout the Coastal Bend.                Your membership includes the National Audu-
To submit a note, please e-mail me at:                                 bon Magazine, chapter membership, and
dnewstead@cbbep.org, or call 361/885-6203.                             other benefits. Your chapter receives part of
                                                                       your dues.
                                                                       Introductory /1 year $25
Sanctuary Spots                                                        I would like to become a member of:
By CBAS Sanctuary Manager, Bill Schmidt                                Coastal Bend Audubon (local W-13) ONLY.
                                                                       No NAS membership and no Audubon Maga-
                                                                       zine subscription. Your chapter only member-
Saturday April 10, 2004, mid-morning. Temp. mid 60’s,
                                                                       ship includes all other Audubon membership
overcast. Limited animal activities except for a large num-
                                                                       benefits. Your chapter receives all of your
ber of ducks observed on the Copano Ranch Pond from
                                                                       dues.
our Irene DeWeese Tower. As usual I forgot my binos
                                                                       Introductory /1 year $20
and cannot give a species description. The wildflowers
are in full bloom, quite a few different ones. We need a               I would like to become a
good plant biologist out there to inve ntory them and have             CONTRIBUTING MEMBER.
detailed descritptions for us. Trimming of the mesquite                Your Contributing Membership includes mem-
alongside the main roads is badly needed.                              bership to the National Audubon Society, sub-
                                                                       scription to the Audubon Magazine, chapter
You may remember months ago I mentioned that work on                   membership, and other benefits. You may
the main gate would be necessary soon. That time has                   designate preferred level and category of sup-
come! One of the main welds has rusted out and is bro-                 port.
ken. I may be able to use to use 25 feet or so of galva-                   Tern/1 year$ 50
nized steel wire for a temporary repair. In the long run a                 Osprey/1 year $100
new galvanized gate is needed. I shall price it and get                    Pelican/1 year $500
labor estimates. It shoulkd not take more than 2 men half
a day including hauling it out there. I noticed that some-    Amount Enclosed: $
body was out there since my last visit because the chain      Please consider making a tax deductible contribution
was not replaced the way it should be. Please note that       to the local chapter, the Coastal Bend Audubon Soci-
the chain needs to go un-                                     ety. You may designate the category you would like
der the second cross bar                                      your contribution applied to:_________
of the gate.
                                                                       1.   General Fund - to be used as needed
I also noticed some large                                              2.   Education Program
digs - signs of feral hogs.                                            3.   Sanctuary Maintenance
If any one else notices                                                4.   Newsletter Fund
anything that may indi-                                       To join or to contribute, please send this completed
cate hogs please let me                                       form and payment (payable to “Coastal Bend Audubon
know.                                                         Society”) to:

In conclusion, I could use                                        COASTAL BEND AUDUBON
a little more help with the                                       P.O. Box 3604
Sanctuary!                                                        Corpus Christi, TX 78463

Thank you.


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Phone: (361) 442-9437
Email: tnicolau@stx.rr.com




              Regular meetings:
1st Tuesday of the month at 6:45 pm at the
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History




          The Brown Pelican




                              This issue of the Brown Pelican was generously underwritten by:
                                          Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures
                                          http://www.rockportadventures.com/rpa/


Coastal Bend Audubon Society Board of Directors
PRESIDENT:                           DIRECTORS:                  The Coastal Bend Audubon Society is a non-profit 501c(3)
Terri Nicolau                        Gene Blacklock               organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and
(361) 442-9437                       Bron Rorex                      bird habitat and to education in the Coastal Bend.
VICE PRESIDENT:                      Miles Phillips
William “Buzz” Botts                 Brooke Sween-McGloin         The organization is supported by contributions from local
(361) 949-8068                       Linda Fuiman                  memberships and from the National Audubon Society.
SECRETARY:                           Kendal Keyes
Carolyn Goodloe                      Milena Worsham
(361) 850-8668                       Richard Gibbons                            Your CHAPTER needs you!
TREASURER:                           Anna Moomaw                 You can help steer the course of growth and change in our
Jesse Grantham                       Bill Schmidt                community by working together towards education. Please
(361) 884-2634                       Brien Nicolau                  contact us at (361) 939-9964 about getting involved!
         This newsletter is compiled/written and published
     every other month. Articles of interest are gathered from
      various sources and compiled by the editor, volunteers,
                     and/or contributing authors.
          All contributions and comments are welcomed.

								
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