Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 4 Folder 25

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Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 4 Folder 25

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Audubon Florida Records, 1900-1970, Box 4 Folder 25 William Rheney, 1949
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Audubon Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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University of South Florida
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1 folder
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Box 4 Folder 25

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Audubon societies -- Diaries ( lcsh )
Ecology -- Florida ( lcsh )
History -- Gulf Coast (Fla.) -- 20th century ( lcsh )

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The daily journals of Audubon wardens and statewide reports on certain sites and projects cover activities from 1900 to 1970, with most of the materials concentrated between the 1930s and 1950s.

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University of South Florida
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University of South Florida
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032958557 ( ALEPH )
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A47-00124 ( USF DOI )
a47.124 ( USF Handle )

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) _____ ATE_ _________ INCLUSIVE DATES NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildliie; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Tem 'era ture 80s; b arometer 29 9 ; rind shifting and over 22mp h ,in gusts; continued squalls Th e weather pT'evented Mr. Scott from returning to revisit the islands. Auduhon Caracara see n fec dine; with flock o f black vultures. Ehau8 t manifold on engine rusted out, it makes a bit of noise, yet does not impair the functioning of the engine, will continue to use until the end of the week. Paid rtiley for 7 0 gallons of gasoline, $10.50. Date _______ .JJ.l.l ___ 25,._ ___ M.onda.:y____________ Tem er.-tu r e 80s; "'a r o meter 30 .0; wind gu8ty about 20 mph, squalls. ':a s able to count 31 spoonbills which are to young to fly fhese are in the nest s on t h e second lnrge"'t island. The most predom specii are the White Ibis and thP-,,rhite Faced Gl o<>sy I'Jis. The engine condition of the Egret a p1ears to b e growing w:>rse with pS little use m possible. Started to mak e nest covnt. Went to Anahuac late this afternoon. Date _______ J'9--1Y ___ ____ ____________ Temperature 90s; bnrometer 2 9 .9; squalls; shifti.,,..,g winds. Ran the engi n e if Egret after dark last night find that through the broken exhaust are s hooting a short distance into the engine box. aill continue to use it vnder extreme caution until nest counts c a n be completed then will lea.ve ingtune Islands. A greater number of birds remain o n the islands than appeared from Er;ret, I find. White a nti. Wn.i te Fa ced GJ ass Ihi s are 1-.ra mast <>h o11t 200 of e"ch c;;neci Date ______ .Jul'.J---2'.f------W.e.dne.sday______ Temperature 90s; bnrometer 29 9; squally weather. The cha n g e of mail address that I mad e seems to have al taken effect instead of next Saturday. Hav O'. 1 eted nest count and find 1J4 u:;ied s oonbill nests. I compared the nes s that sti I h"' ve young, with other nes s, eatners, previousiykJ1own occunancy. Supnrisingly few dead were s een,remains of only 8 birds were found. I did not scour the area onthe second largest island where nesti birds s 11 remRin. I re1 asf ____ this e an lthe bird life at the Vingtune lsland group was greatly 'Should like to return next summer if only for a few days, to observe and compare the birdlife on this group of islands. Date ___ ___ 'J,'hu_:r.s.day___ 'l'empart: ture 90s; b:irometer29 .9; clear, southerly wind lOrnph. Cleaned the and said farewel l to people of Smith Point. Left on a long and tedious trip ac:boss the bay to Laporte ( four hours). s Each warden sign ini l here: --------------------------------------------------------------Date-------------------------------------------------------------(Use additional sheet to avoid crowding)

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ________ YJ._r:.i_gt.:i..m_e ______ l.s_lnds ___________________________ _sT ATE ______________ _____________________________________________ :i... "'2 INCLUSIVE DATES ______ NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ______ J'!J.,l_y __ _J,_7_,_ ___ Tem n e ra tu re 90 S ; b arometer 29 9 ; Wind s OU the r 1 y 8mph; scatt1:red cumulus clouds; thhnde storm in morn,i,ng Mr. F G and family arrived at Smith about one-thirty, took em aeoar e Egret to the isl nds. Mr. "iatson greatly sup-,)rised over the number of birds that had left since June 200 young 8kirnr 1ers were seen on shell fill just o f f of ;:)mi t i Point. ___ f__L __ 'liiiipera ture ljUs; barometer 29. 9; southerly vnnd 10 mph ; squalls in afternoon. Fourteen new s poonbill mests were fonnd on the second largest island, Vingtune group. In these nests t h e young were not completly feathered. Nests of other speci, snowy and american egrets, black cro .. 'ned night heron, white ibis, and louisiana heron were found mn the same island and these also appeared to have young tbat. were not pver two or three weeks old. _____ a wtna to fue Island where usual bird life was seen. The white ibis 9pneared to be the most predominant seen toda y No Wood Ibis been in t h e a rea for abo1t a wee k .:>potted sandpiperf' on the shore of Vingthne Islnd. Date _______ _Jul __ 1'\Le.dnesda----Temperature 90s; barometer 29 .t}; win!fi south-easterly 10 mph; squally all day. Since intermittent squ..,1ls prevented any prolonged stay in open water remained in Beaureguard oay01 Least :Qi tterns and cal-ih.pe r rails came t o the edge o f the bpy01 within fifteAn of the "orked on the Egret straightening out many little things. Date ______ ____ Temperatur e 6 l s ; 5..,:rometer 29.6; wind alfuost calm in morning v1iht thunders!bo rm in after>noon. isi ted shell fills off L one Oak Bayou and found The alligator i s still around Vingtune Island, lie does not try t o land o n the island vh en I am in fu i ght, -!' :._i. he does .mat other times ? 'fhe thunderstorm forced me to return to shelter rain continues all afternoon Date _____ ____ ____________ 'l'emperature ljUs; b arometer 29.9; continued squalls. During permissable weather was in the island area. A few skiffs were in the vecinity none of them neared the islands. Cornraercial shrimpers were wori{ing about ane mile away The dredge which is working 1 on the new chalhnel is rapidly ap roacij.ing '"'m ith Point. I fdmd thata p iece of land twenty a cres in size is to be seperated ftom the bint an f"or 1 ase the Cham'Oers Co nty 1tavigat1on Department. Date _________ Jul_y_ __2}_, ____ S_a.t:u_r_ d_ay_:_,_____ 'I' emp e Y> a tu re 8 0 s ; bar. 29 wind variable in direction and velocity. Squalls in afternoon. M r L cott b o rd s "Shellback" Wl th guests-C o' to watch the birds. l'ook seven of them in Egret and mad e tour of islands,namae and addresses on back. Mr. is to retu,rn to.morrow. (Use additional sheet to avoid crowding} 9 Each warden sign r initi,al here: ----------------------------------------------------------1-

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Names of people with Mr. and Mrs. L Scott 0ox S e abrock 1 Texas T:J '.fl a Mr. Frank H tl-oss .511+ Bonner Baytown; TExas Miss Betty Anne Curson 2927 J arra.rd lfouston, Texas Miss '1anice Long Box 104 t Seabrook, Texa s M r Orvill e w 1817 Woodward Houston, Texas Miss Maudine Huckaby 901 L aird Pa s aden a Texa s Mr. Donald Veatch 506 Main Pasadena, Ta 1tas Mr. Charles: M H e bert III 13ox 218 0 Houston, Texas __,....... ,.

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ...... _________________________ STATE _____ INCLUSIVE DATES __ .. ___ __ NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes sp ent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of persons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinde of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ............ J.uJ..:y ... 1.1...................... .......... Temperature 90s; barometer 29. 9 ; wind sru therly 8 mph; scatte r e d cumulus cloud s Started holes for sinking posts as sign braces. ,\Till be able t o secure most of the necessa r mateeial from drift wood along the shore. The birds at fir"'t flew u as .L st8rted work but soon returned to their roosts and watched my ever move was not noiseless.About hit a nnd damaged either wheel, shaft or strut of Egret, will h ave to 1 inro to Lanorte f'or repairs. Date ___________ J.2 _____________________________ 1emperature 90s; barometer 29 .9; wino southerly 4mph; scattered cumulus clouds ieftm for L porte in that I could return this evening. On arrival at Cliff'1s f'.llnd that it would be tomo r ow before the Egret could be hauled. Date ......... ... J.3 ................................ Temperature 90s; bs. r Jmeter 29 .8; calm; sco. t tered clouds. Finally was pull e d out oft re water in the afternoon. Found the propeller was bent and micked by continual action of s hells. Chang,ed \ it or the spare an renewe steerin c a les, purchased 12 g screws ('/ .ol,..1 with washers to be used n sign racing. Total ex ene e $20 51 including 13. 3 ga11 l o n s o:f gas and 4 quarts of oil. empte o c o s he.ck to Sm:t th Poin t but bay to rough for Egret, will have t o make trip in 11orning. Date __________ Ju.l.J" ... J.40 .... ________________________ Temperature 80s; har')meter 29 7; squalls and thunderstorms. An rarly start and I was bf"lck at Y,.ino-tune Islands by eight-thirty. The number of birds thr-t are off i n the feeding gronnds is noticeablym ore than two days ago A spoonbill count showed 104 birds, young and adult, young being taught to fly for food. On the island no young w ere fourj.d thet could not f'ly a short The Louisian" Heron anpears to be the latest nester. :Tha..i snovrr egret I with c a.rnaged left \' ing first seen in D J'Ul y 1 4 ( C ont.) hiay is s t i l l aoJ.e to run ..,na seem to about Hou'ston Outdoor Nature Club is going to return to the islands to do more planting in the lat e summer or might be sug3ested tha t they cut the weeds cil.own t'1at grow up dm frJnt of the signs. F G. WAtson andfriends ill be out this weekend, weather {)X.-: his add>ess is B o x 2633 Houston, Texas. \ 08 undercharge, mistake on Cliff's bll Temperature 80s; ..,arometer29.8; RAIN. 'he rain st-arted last night and stilbl it comes down The birds are most quiet, feeding along the shore of the i slands and few flights into the east toward the feedin g are aa. 'ihe snowy egret with damaged l eft wing fa:ew abo1Jt fifteen feet this morning,very shPlcy'y flight. Some spoonbill.s are still feeding young in efforts to deach them how to fly. Each warden h e r e continous drizle. Few fishermen were near islands (:_ __ for weather was to bad to be conducive to fishing. of Snowy Plover(abt. 75)e One blac k tern i n brec ding plumage among J RlH>'"h-: (Use additiona.L.J-

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. v SANCTUARY (or general area) __________ ____ ls_l_@_n.Q._s. ____________________________ STATE _________ T.e.z.Q,.s _______________________________________________ INCLUSIVE DATES _______ NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ____ __ JiO ____________________________________________ Temperature BOs; baromrter 2 9 .8; rain continued until afternoo n A trip to the shore of Vingtune sland gave the following count, this is for one s ide of the Island only,; 213 sp)onbil .s, 124 snowy egrets, 8 bla c k crowned night heron, and 80 americ" n F o11.rteen white pelicans .ere over islandsabout fou r -thirty. Purchased fifty of e 'soline f rom M r Riley, will nay him for the g asoline consumed at the end of the month. -Date ____ 9-:9-J1' ___ .:? ________________________________________ 'f'enrpe!"atuie 9os,barometer 29.9; wind south-west; scattered clouds. W oo d i bisx, a flock o f a b out 100 b irds, circled Vingtune Islands for an hour early in the afuernoon. :More of the young of are flying Spoonbill flocks of 42 birds with more than 30 are1i'mmature plumage. Land biDds of the area i n clude nighthawks, smissor-tailed mockingbirds, purnle martins red winged balck birds, mour ning do ve, and english spHrrows Date _____ J_-g._l.:y_ __ _____________________________________ Te mperPtur e 90s; b ormeter 29 .8; l'lind northdlrly untll noon t hen shifting t o ro uth es.st, moderate. Found three dead birds on Vingtune island, one young spoonbill, one imr1ature white ibis, and one female grackle, none of the b irds sho wed s igns of harm fr""'m man Had to recut the weeds from infromt of the signs on t h e islands Propeller shaft i n slipped aft, bee mmtng disconnected from the trans m i Rsion. Made dock just a f ter dock. __ J_______________________________________ Te mperature 90s; b arometer 29.9; wind southGast; sca t tere d c1Jl1j.ulus clouds. Had to g o to A n ahuac for parts for Threads had been stripped in a crucia l nut, Value of nut$ .05 a d a y was needed to replace itafter finding one in Anahuac. Date __________ JlD.:Y:---B---------------------------------Tempera tu-...e 9 0s; barometer 29. 9 ; wind southerly; scattered cumulus clouds Egret is again runnin g in top condition. The birds on the various islands near Vingtune island s e e m to b e more active and are flying to and fr) m Vingtune Island. Many skimmers and terns were found nesti n g o n th9 tip of Smith Point. A gre t number, 250 3 0 0 brown pelicans were on niggerhead island late thi.s afteT'noon. The wqo d ibis returned to Vingtune iqland most o f them vere ounR li htbill colo _______ ----------------------------------l e mpera ure s ; arometer 29 9; win d southerly u mph; scattered c l ouds; squ.lla in late afte' noon. Few skiffs were in the island are a none of N"l1ich a p'Jroached the islnand"'. W ood ibis returned early in the afternoon r-nd remaindd until five-thirey, went in a westerly direction towar d Texas City. TtJ.e o f the wood i bis among the other permentm.b. population of ingtune islands seem s to cause a bit of a disturbance. The resident birds all leave the near vli:cmnity of a i1ood Ibis.

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) _______ ___ ATE _________ IN CLUSIVE DATES ___ ___ ?_7_, ___________ J11 J __ y ___ J,,. __ lJ)4 9 NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date _______ .June.--21-----------------------------------Temper a t u re 90 s ; b a rome t <:'! r 2q 9 ; wind souther 1 y 15m ph.; .Nine wood i?Jis over lower Smith Point all day T w o birds at Be auregard Llayou in mor n i n g .Two young clapper r ails seen on Vingtune lsland. The pond in the mi d d l e o f ,.ringtune Island see m s to b e co nsiderably higher, I am afraid that some of the low nests h8 ve been c over e d water. Paid M r Riley for 165 gallons of g asoline a t 15 cen t s a gallon, 75. Date _________ .June.--..2.8--------------------------------Temper a tur e ( 9 0 s ; barometer 2 9 9 ; v :ri n r s o u thA r 1 y 10 m p h ; cumulus c l ouds. Unable to check possible do/J'.la g e b y w ater on Vingtune Island for the tide rem ains h "gh. 1lock of 50 0 4 wood ibis over Vingtune Island r t 5:30 this evenin g 3 spoonbills, m o etly you n g on t h e snore of Vin gtune Island. Date ____________ ___ .29 ________________________________ Temperature 90s; b arom ster 29 9 ; w n d sou:bh-e ast mph, scatt ered cumu lus clou d s Ins )ection of the island s s howed t hat hhe expected dam.age by high water did not mater i alize. Found fou r w nich had under water b u t it appe ared thr t young had already left the prior to the hig h water. O f 104 npoon b ills seen on theshore 89 were you n g Want to Laporte for sup p lies ar iving t here ab o u t s ix-thirty. ___ }Q ________________________________ Temperature 90s; b all'.'ometer 29 .8; w ind v a r iable i n d irecti) n add velocity, squalls; sca t t e r e d cumulus clouds. forced to r emain a t Lap o rte beca u s e of a d weathe r tll 4:30 arriv:ln g bac k a t the islands about 6:30 A n P sty c r of'1s-ch op nnde i t u ndesirable to remain to t h e islands. S ought shelter ir Pick1s Bayou Date ___ _____ JJJ_l_y __ _l. ____________________________________ TelJl.pera ture 90s; barometer 29 .8; winds variable in direction and velocity continual squalls. A trip to shell fills at mouth of Lone Oak y clded no nests,with o nly 3 young g ullbill terns seen, one of w11.ich wa s very w rak. Examinatio n of bird showad no visable woun d s Squalls a n d thunderstorm forced shelterti l dusk. ri quick trip to area showed birds drying out a n d preening Date ___ __ ?_____________________________ Te mperatur e 90s; barometer 29 8 ; continued s qi:-al l s with high winds.Most d>f the ...... p oonbills Bre out of t h e nests trip on the island, to places eaisly rAnc hed showed no younry aside f r o m Louisana heron, snowy egrets, e.mer ican still in nests and these were few in numbe r Ten wood ibis were on ingtune Island the entire day Date ___________ Ju_ly_ _J _________________________________ Temperature 8 0 s ; b A rom e t er 29.7; strong winds and squalls kept euen the hardie fisherman land-b o und no skiff s were in Island area. Th u:_derstorm started abou t 2: 00 o m and is still continulhmg,8:3: Alligator 8 -10 ft, long seen 0 n shore of Ving t une Island. (Use additional sheet to avoid crowding)

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ______ ____________________________ _5TATE ______ INCL USIVE NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date _________ '1'emperature 9 0 s ; Barometer 29 8 ; v; nd s outh-east 10 mph; cumu lus clouds formi n g into thunderherdf. 2 Received written confirmation of tent t ive instructions discusPed with M r D nker June 19. The rains Btwwwam started about 2:30 and continue until after dark. Trip nto the island area this morning disclosed more yoi'ng oft the year in flight A b o u t 80 spoonbills seen in one flock most of which young birds. Date _________ Jun.e __ _22 __________________________________ Temperature 90s; barometer 29 8; wind varialble in Cirection and strength. Rain most of the c1c..y Two skiffs seen in th0 waters near t h e islands. One Osp rey seen on Smith uoint. The Ahel1 f i l_ls near Niggerhead 1sland were covered with pelicans late in the afternoon. American and Least Bitterns are becomrn ing nore noticrbl. e four of each s en during the day. Date _____ _________________________________ 'l1empernture 90s; barometer 29 7; wind V"lri"'ble in d irectionand strength. Rain from dawn until dus k T-ip into the showed the bird life to be thougoughly wet. Becruse of weather was abl e to accomplish little today, Expense check arrived in ma-t1 Date __________ Jnne ___ 2)i_______________________________ Tempera tur" 90P.; barometer 29 .6; wind abt. 20m.ph continue ly southerly; cloudy. Storm of considerable velocity broke l Ast night about 2:30 necesqitating memoving "Egret" to m o-re secure nosition. At .5:10 the y:avht 11Suzane out of HouBton 'r s in the J_sl and nrea, was unn.ble to find ou w o was a oara for I '.vas on ingtune J.. 1 obser v i n g b i:bds The birds wer e not very 8 Ct ive toda y due to the high w i n d .t:Man-of-war seen A t .5: 37 r.it the nouth o :' Beauregard Bayou. ....;cyou showed the f .lls to b e rapidly they are less than a third of the size they wer e t h ree werks r>go.The extremely hir.,h tides and strong winds seem to 'ue the major c us" Very few terns e.nd qkimme r s wer e see n only one e g ,th;-tof a tern,could be found and it was b 0ing splashed by ever y wave. The Houston Outdoor Nature Club is due Date ___ _June. ___ 26 _______________________________________ T.ernp er a tu re in 8 0 s ; ..c3 ar. 2 9 9 wind 11) ml)h south; squally. M:r. 'lnd Mrs. Robert T Scholes, of Rochester,N. Y arrive s n g e c b s n e 6n the 11EgT'r:t11 with me. About 10: 30 l:ature Club arrived, some rif rhom we-ne rather about BOin g on the islands, n d s aid thA t Each warden sign or initial h ere: ______________________________________________ (Use additional sheet to avoid crow __

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y tt: SANCTUARY (or general Jlrea) ___________ Yi.ng.tune ___ I.s.l.ands ______________________ STATE ______ ____________________________________ INCLUSIVE DATES-----Jumz-2"6:--eontj---148-q----------NOTE: Report weather conditions ; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. ___ p_e_rmrs-sToii---fi). go that the .._,'ish and Byster l.omm. 'lill refer them to you? As a group they were m ost plesnt and e n j o y a"'le, some wibhed that the islands rnr e not so \ h ard to get to. Heiser was m o s t enjoyable as he stood i n the background listening to my explantions t o various persons who to sure that he was recallin ) the forewarning/he had given Date-------------------------------------------Date ___________________________________________________________ Date ____________________________________________________________ Date ________________________________________________________________ Date ____________________________________________________ Date ____________________________________________________ _______ Each warden sign or initial h e r e : (Use sheet to avoid crowding)

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ___ _______________________ STATE_ _________ ______________________________________________ INCLUSIVE DATES ___ ___ _________ J. 94 9 NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; n:imes of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date _____ June---1l-j.-------------------------------------T em n er a tu re 8 0 s ; b a 1"o m e t e 29 8 ; s qual 1 s din morning with larg e thunderstorm which l asted most of the afternoon. Finished rudder installation and ma d e short trip to i s l ands but was forced to return to shelter because of severe squall. Wind velocity a b o u t 3 0 mph in g:t sts. Date ____ __ J 5 __________________________________ T emperature 8os; b arometer 29 8 ; wind VRriable in direction and velocity, squalls and thunders t o r-ms; a s mall twister started to form at th mouth '.)f Pick' s bayou duri n g one of the thunder storms. Of fifty-seven spoonbills seen wading on the lee shor e o f Vingtune Island onlw 17 were adulu s From J:003 :15 an airplane 7tN4913K va s over t n e islands, there e r e no gre a t up flights o r Date ________ J.rne __ __ __ 16 _______________________________ Temperature 90s; b, r o meteP 29. 8 ; wirnfi 8mph south-eas t ; clear with s cattered cumulus l ater in d0y :Bighty-seven immatuee spo nbills se n feeding on water' s e d g e F01md one dea d American Egret, thouro u g h search of .>odw revealed no marks of violence. Bird had a spe n of 46 inches. 'look the corpse into s crunp anr s hovrnd it to people ther e for a bit of first h and informRtio n as to whnt N A S doing Replaced coil, c ondenser and gasolin e filter on Egret' s e ngine. Date _______ T eIO-perature in 9 0 s ; b nrometer 30. 0 ; wind s outh-east 12 m n h ; cUinulus clouds. Saw xlapper 'ail andone young on nigger hea d i sland. A b out 10: 3 0 ;,:r Tanner f omdo wn the coa" t flew in a s ent a bit of time talki.n g over a rpects o f wildlife conserv2tion i hau,x. 1609 C ommerc e B uilding Houston 2 Texas; Lewis M hite J.'elli e Esperron ilding Houston 2 Texas, guest of :Mr. .i c aux; an 11r Vernon Barrett 714 West Olympic B o uvel rd, Los Angeles 15, Calif. s a L 1 : 3 0 L h s a tersn oo n t4il-Nri:tl'.'a ___ 'the--vnrti----r>-er-;----0u.t of Ho1lston. Asked me t o join them for lunclm which I vas orded refuse because of b i g lunch just finished, However, I did take them in the Egret" around the Islands various hap enings t_) them. M r Barrett-is }Ust starting to 1'bird f'nd is m ost enthusiastic j ust bubbles over with good questions. All three of these men are very good potential members. o Date _________ ?_rne... .l8____________________________ T emperature in90s; barometer29. 9; wdm.d south-east 10 ph; cumulus clouds. Nineteen white over Vingtune Islands at 10:10 disappeared int o the east. Left for Laporte abo,, t 11:30. A rrived in Laporte about 1:00 gassed boat,,$ 4 .75. imrchased spare coil, condenser and filters f')r girn line, Mr Baker and party are due to arrive tomorr o w _______________________________ Met M r Baker f'nd p0rty abo 9:00 made trip across the b a y to Isla.ndd which we reached about 11: 1"i ve skiffs werP i n the area, none appeared to be o n the islands R e turned to LaPl'rte abou t 5 : 30 wher e I renwined ov( rnig.1t F G /at..f'on recorded 2 5 s pecie seen on trip. t Ea b .J l h c waruen sign or tnitta 'ere: (Use additional sheet to ______

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ___________ _______________________ STATE __________ INCLUSIVE DATES __ ___ 9 _____ __ J_3_..1 ___ J _9_4 9 NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minute s spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchase d or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife ; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or n esting concentrations. Date ______ ___ 9 _______________________________________ T emp era tu r e 8 0 s ; b 8 rom e ter 30 0 ; Te rrf f i c rain started at 0210 this morning lasting until thi I was forced to remain _n sheltered :1.1aters unt11l 3 this afternoon rhen I. m n e a survey of the islands to find that the birf l ife as ib the midst of drying ouy,also. J..)irds were preening in any ssce that provided sunlight. No ;ind at present 8:30pm Date _____ J)J._:n_e. ___ lQ ______________________________ ture 80s; oarometer 30 0; s aual ly weather entire day wind variable in diredtion and velocity; skyclear then overcast. -.vould no s 1ooner reach island area than w ould have t o return to sheltered waters. Unable to make any observations of bird life, aside from one snowy egret fifty fAet from b o8t. Apnlied sor.ie paint to Date ______ ____ JJ,_ _________________________________ 'l'emp Frature Bus; b rometer 29. 9 ; scatteeed clouds vii t n continual squalls; wind variable in direction and velocity, no gusts over 18mph ; R u dder on "Egret" broke e t 11:47 limped into P r Riley1 s c mp. Will oe una le to use E"g et'.., nti1_ repairs can b e mad e uhich will necessitate a trip into town, Monday. Hemted a s kiff and outboard moter_w hich I 'll use until b o a t is Again manuveraele. A check of one end of Vingtune Island gave the following count: Spoonbill s 30, Date _________ J_:g._?. __ J,_J ___ .Q_Q_ D:t __ !___________________ 17 immat1Jre; 23 American Egrets; 6 Black Cro med 1:.ight Herons; 13 Snowy Egrets; 2 Great Blue Heron; 1 Louisiana Henon; 1 Jl/hit e Ibis; 2 .ibis. One of the .olack Crowned N H was covered with oil; one Americrn Egret about 3 weeks old,.vith broken left wing. 11his Jird stood on the edg e of Bl8.ck Crowned N "II nest without any at empts of oCNH to chase it, whe n another .wgret of same A.ge would come close definate defensive actio n would be t2ken by BCNH. Date _____ .Ji.m. e ___ -12.__________________________________ Temperature 80s; baromete r 29 9 ; cirro cumulus and cumulus clouds; winds tlp to 25 mpn southeast. Using skiff and outboard motor was able to approach Island where the count was t aken; a 5 spoonbills; 21 runeric2n egrets; 16 snowy egrvts; 11 great blue heron; 3 grackles; 2 Louisiaruia her')nx; at 7: JOA .LI. On ingtuhe Island was able to obtain a position within 10 feet of spoonbill group on shore(.50 nising wind forc e d me to leave at8: r,_5. Date ______ A f'lock of' 2 1 b lack crowned night heron were seen as -r left Vingtune Island. About 5 0 yards off the north shore of the i slandx an al igator of 8 -10 fee t lenghh was A t 9:40 one lone vrood ibis was s een flyrimg over Beauregar d Bayou q ema i_ned in shelter untii evening a quick trip was made to islands t o see if any ill effects couibd be observed that might h ave been uaused by the high :vind none were prominentj Date _______ ___ 13. __________________ : __ ture 90s; baromete:: 29 8 ; Each warden siun or initial h e r e : cumu lus clouds; wind south-east abt 18m p h Went to o Anahuac his morning to have rudded repaired. Una.bJe to to n1ake trip to i slands spent rer1ainder of the clay --------------------------------------------------------------------inst a 1 1 i ng rudder ------------------------------------------------------(Use additional sheet to avoid crowding.__) _________ .__ ______________

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) ____ Y i ng:tune.--lsl.ands---------------------------ST ATE--,...-----------.T.exas------------------------------IN CL USIVE DATES _____ ..June_-2,---1-949------------------NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ______ .June. 2--------------------------------------Temper a ture 90s; barometer 29 8 ; wind southeast 10 mph Ran to Shell Islands, half way to Lone Oak Bayou aproximately 100 mests of Forster' s and G ull-billes terns, numerous Black Skimmer nests young and eggs of both terns and skimme r s Numerous egg s h a d been cracked and crushed; chewing gum, matches, and charred wood all above t h e high water line indicate that human beings had been on the islands. N o signs of willfull destruction of nesting birds. Date _____ ___ J _________________________________ t ure 9 0s; bs.rom e:ber29 o 9 ; wind sou:b heas t 14 m ph. Returned to shell to observe bird life and nestine habits. More yonng of this year oil Vingtune Island s a r e flyin g F 1mghts of Spoon bills 50-75 were noticed flying around islands continually, appeared to be flights of instruction for the few young that vrnr e included. Alligator about nine feet long seen at tre mouth of Pick b ayou. Attempted trip to Robinson Lake b u t low tide prohibited passage of E g net. Date _____ _Jnne __ J}: ____________________________________ Tempe ratu.r e 80s; baromete r 29 9 ; wind s o11theast lOmph scattered cumulus cluuds. Numerous smnll skiff s in the island area, fis i-1ermen non e o f whom at L empted t o g o a sho r e on any of t h e is lands. A flock of 6 2 seen bathing on Bird islaad. Engine mf the Egret i s not U1Unning ocrrectly if weather per:nith I 'll cross to Laporte a n d hs:ce mechanic correc t f u l ts, M omday Date ___________ JJJ.n_e_jL ______________________________ Temp e r a tu r e in 90s; barometer 29 9; win d sou th-eas t 8mph ; scattered cumulu s clouds. Flock of 12 le. ser sc u p ducks see n tb,ls m'.J1'ning at 6;32. N u merous f i shdm g boats, skiffs, y e r e in t h e island a rea, people o u t o f M r Riley' s fishing c amp. Purchased sixty-five(65) gallons of g a soli ling f r o m Mr. Riley. Have not pai d M r Riley for 8;n.Y ga.$ as yet f o r he does not kno-rthe price. ___ _________________________________ Temperature 90s; barometer 29 8 ; no wind flat calm all day; no clouds. A t tempted to enter Robins m Lake but was unsuccessf'u l becaus e o f extr e mly low tide Saw four 1ig h i s of ibis with 122 0 b irds returning from s southerly direction .... cvo_Es B0y possib l y feeding along ihe south s h o r e T rip to Fobinson eyou took most of t h e day 'lent to Anahuac late this evening for su-p.,lies returning just at dark. Daie _____ .'lent to Laporte thlhm morning to have mecham i c c11ech engine. for parts and labor, also purchased paint, a m o untedto .30. On re urn trm p ran b y b ank on ship ch::inn e l a s f a r West Pass. "'lriSearch of f ced-Lng b irds. A fev1 Americ8.n egrets and .'fuite .... bis -'eT'e seo n but t hey w e r e the entir e journey. 'l.he entire N E side of Ving t u n e I lan d was covered w i t h bird-life fee ding on t h e shoa l t hat W S b are b ecause of the extremely low t d Tempe ture1 Sos; barometer 29 9 ;win d S'.V 1 Date ____ June. ___ 8_____________________________________ 'I' enip e J a t u I" e 8 0 s ; bar ome t 29.9; wind greatly varied direction and thunderst,nm develooing til L1.; 35 wh e n rain <>tarted. About 150 brown pelicans see n on s hell fill nest to l!if@:gerhead I s abou t 5 ; 30, after ra:Dn Saw first ---------------------------------------------------ruse sheet to avoid crowding}

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area) __ J __ _______________________ _5TATE _____ INCLUSIVE DATES ___ May ___ 2.6_-:: __________________________________________ NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife ; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ___ Sky completly ove --cast alto st-r>atus clouds; temperat-ure in oOs ; barometer 29.9; visited ingtune island ob s e rved birds 'til thunderxtorm about 10;00 forced me t o leave. F ishing bo a t Freida, .?_2E6S4 r e n past islands seeking s helter in th!" creek. 11.l'iable 't'o e ave "" OCK untl1' 3: 00 and ran to Niggerhead island. 1!ent ashore a n d saw no bird l ife. rleturne d to Vangtune and r emained same numeer o f birds on vingtune as wer e on vuthbert Lake Rookery at its height. p redominate. fv1ay 2 7 Date ___________________________________________________________ The rain started about five o'clock this morning accompanied by strong winds as unable to visit islands until lRte t his even ing. 'i 'emperature i n 80s; bi:irometer 29 .9; wind S N ; sky alto cumulus clouds. Rain started again this evening a bout e i ght wind dropping. Went back :bo c a m p w h ere I stayed at the dock overnight. Date _____ J.vla_y ___ 2.8 _________ _: _____________________________ 1' ine c laar day. Han to Kemah this m o r n i n g for supp l ies. 'l alked to tJishermen there R .nd they say bhat "pink a.r e feedin on fill along ship channel. Will ave t o investigate. Temperature 8 2;13"arome'ter ?9. 8; wind s ::m th; hig h c irrus clouds. Purchased 18 gallons of gasoling. The oil consumpti9n 9f the engine in Egret is above normal. One quart o f 01 needed f o r e very 25 gallons consumed. Bird life quiet today, not much activity on any of Islands. Date _____ ___ 29_._ ________________________________ Numerous fisherma n were around the island area today, None of them tried to g o ashore. wind 1 8 -20mp h southerly; barometer 29.8; tempP r 0ture in 80s; cum ulus fair weather clouds. Tide exceptioe.n] ly high today able to pass Vingtune Islandnoted t >ie following : 113 Spoonbills, 119 American ...... grets, 27 Snowy Egrets,27 White Ibis, 1+ B l ack croi. vned Night Heron,2 Lolil.isiana _leron, l2 B o a t tailed grackles, and 13 Great L1ue Heron Numerous birds of this year are making s hort flights. ___ a f i'r th point. "Temperatu r e in high80s; b arometer 29 .9; scattered cumulus clouds 'til about three-thirty when a started t o form in the nort h west. sixty-three Spoonbills se n standin g on the shore o f Bird island. Again had t o le.y in the crer>k overnight because of r conditions,I Noticed t w o black vultures o fver Vingtune I".land this afternoon. Date ____ _Ma:y ___ Jl _________ ________________________ The wind has drop ned in its velocity to about 15mph b P rometer 29 8 ; temperature this afternoon in boat cabin 97; clouds. \lent t o Anahuac this morning with Mr. Rosenquest a fur buyer, he said that a inland waterway is to, p e dJ. F fr.o i'Jh point toward Double Bayou. It / w ill pass between the vingtune Islands and M r Rileys cr:mp. It to cutacross s i Point from belowRedfish Bar with Bayou at i'ts other'end, from there it is to head around Franklin Pt. Work is t o h e rted 15 of Date ______ ___ 1______________________________________ 1.empera tur e 88, b am:nneter 29 .7, S c attered cumulus beconimfilng ver y thick sunset, wind southerly 1 4mph Noticed Up-flights of birds o n all islands 9:.5.5, no other boats in vecinity no explination for suc h activity. No nesting on Nigge -----------------------------------------------head island of terns or s k i mmers. 1N o:ek on channel m entioned yes(terdn.Y. frorp.J Hou s to;n. channel. 'lfse additwrnu sheet to _________ 1 _______________

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y SANCTUARY (or general area) _____ _____________________________ -5TATE ___ INCLUSIVE DATES __ ___ !_9_. ___ ___ g_J, 194 9 NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling; amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; numbers and names of boats met with; names of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happenings; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date _____ very strqng sou t herly ':find, a .bou t 2 ? mph in gusts vo rking on boat, painting bottom. '.l' e mpera ture in low eight-Les, barometer 29. 9 Unable to launch bof .tfor water is J o high to move tralhler b y car into a suitable position Lo cal pers ons nsk a b o u t killing an alligator wh"ch t h e y molesting ,young birds. C Brookfield stopped by at supper time. H e left about eight for lialveston. Date ______ ___ g_Q_ __________ ___________________ Wind dropued somewh8 t last nir,ht .as a 8ble to launch Egret, with the help of two men a tra c t o turein low Os b g Domete r 30.0, wind Two hours spen t with o e Whitehea showed me v arious reefs snags, broken stakes, n d n a r e s Saw vingtune slands for the first time. Many birds mostly White Ibis and Rose ate Spoonbills; gre8 t blue herons, skimmers, snow y r egret, louis iana heron, laughing gull s Wind strung t o da:y o11er i n e;asts, baromete r Date ___ ___ _________________________________________ 29. 7 temperature in low 80s. Miss Treat crone to Smit P o int about noon. Went out into the lee of the islands and showed her the quantity o f b ird lif e S -')ent the remainder of the afternoon til dark( patrolling the loca l area as there were nume rous skiffs nearby, none of them ap roached the islands. Purchased 3t) gallons of from Mr. Riley. < Date ____ R---22---------------------------------Scattered cumulus clouds, ind abo utl2mph, baro'l1eter 29. 8 temperature 85. T;Ir Frank W Michaux aboard the yachtVenturer, out of h ouston, aporoached the islands about one o c ock. hen he' saw the Audubon b o a t he hailed me and asked if it w e r e perm.i Psable for him to g o ashore, a most pleasaa:h and understanding person. Seven outboard motor neared the islands for fishing none attempted to land. Date ____ ___ g3 _, _________________________________ A lto cum ulus becomnn n g cumulusc108uds, wind in8creaswd throughout the d D y peak v elocityabout 18mph; b,"rometer 29. temperature 2. N o t i.Q.ad spoonbill s leaving.. islands in a westward direction just after sunrise. Most likely to feed on the weq t s h o r e of the b e y The 1 22 1496 wasthe only craft noticed near the islands Left for Laporte at four a n d arrived here a bout five-thN>t.y ... remain ogernigh t and take supplies aboard in the m orning. Purchased 19.6ga l gas in LaporteJ Date __ Iy!ay: __ _2_ t te red cumulus c louds, strong souther 1 y wind about 181.1ph, bavometer 29. 9 temperature 88. Left Laporte about ten this morning arriving back at Vingtune Islands at eleven-thirty. About three-thirty a thunderstorm stareed to form and weat her became threatening. 1 left the i s l ands and ran up to Riley's c mp 'til the storm blew ov2 r Watched the isJands until dark,sevenfifteen, in hopes that I might ser' spo nb.ill s returning from the west none c0m e they may have eturned before the storm .I:' o.,... about an hour before s unset a flock Date _______ M.!!Y ____ ___ QQ!:!;_.! ____ ::_::..:: ________ of white ibis 7 5 1 0 0 bi rd would fly up make a tight c ircle and r eturn tothe g ground to si t for a few moments anr again fly up. Other b irds in the same 8rea vrnufud not fly, so'11o W h l t ibis w uld remain on t h e groun9, aprynrentl y it "as only the sarne birds flying in this circle. (Use additional sheet to avoid cfl!wding) Each sign or initial here: ____ -

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WARDEN'S WEEKLY REPORT FORM NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY 1006 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. SANCTUARY (or general area} _Y.ingt_'utj.e ___ J..slm_ds. ___________________________ __sTATE_ ________ .Te..x.ag.. _____ ___________ __________ INCLUSIVE DATES ___ __ z5 ___________________________________________ NOTE: Report weather conditions; areas patrolled; hours and minutes spent patrolling;_ amount of gaso line, oil or parts purchased or taken aboard; and names of boats with; n:1mes of per sons met with in sanctuary areas or taken along. Mention any unusual happemngs; any disturbance of birds or other wildlife; estimate numbers and kinds of birds observed at roosting, feeding or nesting concentrations. Date ______ 11ay __ -2S'-------------------------------------W i n d s outheasterly abo u t 1_5mph, te]Jlper a ture 8 8 b arometer 2q 9 cumuihus clouds in morn ingthunderhea d f?nned i n nortli about 3Prr I a n chored o f f of t h e s outh-west s h o r e of Vingtune Island from noo n unti l d ark a n d the following s pecie s were s e e n ; Americ a n Egre t Snow y egret, Louisian a Heron,Grea t Heron, W h ite Ibis, G l ossy Ibis, Boattail G r ackle, Florid a Gal inule, Least Tern, S p otted S a n d p i per, B l ack C r o wne d Night 11ero n Blac k Lau h n n g gull, Roseate S p oonbil l ; Date ___ ___ ?..52 ____ Mano -'war bird, r own P e l i c a n N o attempt was made to c ount the number s of eac h s pecie f o r it would be of little v alidit y t h e dense und ergrowth t h a t comes a lm o s t t o the waters edg e p rohibits any degree of accuracy. An NC4-7 the islands abou t three-thirty. It a p peared to b e mos t c a utious in its actions f o en c onmiin g close t o the i s l ands it w o uld t hrot t l e do w n its engi n e and glidemaking very little noise. None o f birds a p o e ared frightened b y the a:n e e of this vehicle. a 2 Date ____________________ _,._,. __ -Date _____________________ ___ ________________________ ____ Date--------------------------------------------------Date _________________________________________________ Date--------------------------------------------------(Use additional sheet to avoid crowding) Each warden sign or initial here: r'li IO D ...... LJ---------------------------------


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