Minutes of the March Meeting




March 10, 2015


President Leah Pummill called the meeting to order at 7:16 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens.  Thirty-three members were in attendance.


Interesting bird sightings included two Swallow-tailed Kites seen at the Bayfront by Larry Johnson, Groove-billed Anis and Swallow-tailed Kites seen at Paradise Pond in Pt. Aransas by ___? and Lila Vaughn reported a threesome of Crested Caracaras in the top of a tree near the golf course on Everhart.  Mel Cooksey also said the Bell’s Vireo at Suter Park was last seen on Sunday.


Leah announced that Kathy Griffith will retire as newsletter editor after the June newsletter is put to bed.  Kathy has been our editor for over twenty years and her shoes will be hard to fill, though the job is open to anyone who wishes to volunteer.  Judith Reader mentioned that her grandson, Shane, offered to assist where needed.


The March 28 field trip to the Attwater Refuge is full.  The next day, March 29, Deb Corpora will lead a field trip to Goose Island State Park. 


Larry Jordan passed a sign-up sheet for our annual Blucher Park guided bird walks in April.  Contact him at lawrencemjordan@hotmail.com to volunteer.  He also recounted the past weekend’s experience at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, the highlight of which was the group’s discovery of Rusty Blackbirds there.  Needed photographic and written documentation for this mega-rarity in the Valley were readily available to Mary Gustafson, the area’s e-Bird editor.


Adrienne Kerr told us that $700 has been collected so far in our camera raffle.  Tickets are still available for members to sell and the drawing will be held on April 11.


Work days at Blucher Park are every Monday at 5:00 p.m. unless it rains.


Leah introduced our speaker, Scott Holt, whose PowerPoint presentation on birding and butterflying in northern Central America kept us agog.  The photos were from previous years’ trips to Belize, Vera Cruz and Honduras.


Scott showed pictures from Vera Cruz of some gorgeous butterflies with odd names, and mentioned that the October hawk watch in that city is conducted from the rooftop of a local hotel.


In Belize, Scott, Joan and their party traveled by small plane to the Chan Chich Lodge.  In addition to the beautiful birds in this private reserve, they saw several species of monkey,  jaguars and also army ants that, because they eat other insects, are tolerated as pest exterminators in many buildings.


Scott praised their guide in Honduras, a man named Robert Galardo, who has just published a book.  Scott also said that Honduras is home to only one endemic bird, a species of hummingbird.


There was a brief question and answer period and the meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.



Judy Kestner, Recording Secretary


Minutes of the March Meeting