“‘Ghost Fishing’ is what fishing gear does when it has been lost, dumped or abandoned. Imagine a fishing net that gets snagged on a reef or a wreck and gets detached from the fishing vessel. Nets, long lines, fish traps or any man made contraptions designed to catch fish or marine organisms are considered capable of ghost fishing when unattended, and without anyone profiting from the catches, they are affecting already depleted commercial fish stocks. Caught fish die and in turn attract scavengers which will get caught in that same net, thus creating a vicious circle.” – ghostfishing.org In Read More »
Save the Date! Please join the Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Board of Trustees and sponsor San Jacinto College at PARTY FOR THE PLANET on Saturday evening, May 4th, 2019. You are invited to enjoy a catered dinner, live music by Andy and the Dreamsicles, dancing, charitable auctions and games. Armand Bayou Nature Center was founded in 1974 as a result of efforts begun by an environmental visionary, Armand Yramategui. Armand foresaw the urban growth around Armand Bayou and strove to have this land remain a wilderness. Armand’s tragic death in 1970 inspired a local, regional and national coalition of people Read More »
Christmas Bird Count December 15, 2018 through January 5, 2019 Please don’t forget to sign up for Christmas Bird Count at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not an Armand Bayou Nature Center event, but is done in partnership with Houston Audubon Society. The Audubon Society invites birders of all ages and skill levels to participate in this international event. Birders will rise with the sun and spend one day counting every bird they see. This is the largest avian census and not possible without volunteers just like you! They also need lots of feeder watchers within the circle so if you can’t Read More »
SSCI participated in the Second Annual Career Night at Pearland Junior High East (PJHE) on August 4, 2018. The PJHE Roughnecks invited presenters from a variety of backgrounds to discuss careers and educational paths with the 7th and 8th grade students. The students experienced exciting, hands-on learning while gaining an understanding of the educational steps needed to achieve their goals. SSCI presented a booth displaying sampling equipment, protective gear, and education materials. Students were able to ask questions from the SSCI staff such as, “Where can I study environmental science?” or “What kind of services do you provide?”. Read More »
SSCI participated in the 25th Annual Festival of Trees Gala at the Lakewood Yacht Club on December 6, 2018. Interfaith Caring Ministries (ICM) hosts the annual fundraiser to provide the necessary funds to support the outreach program for the Clear Lake community. The Gala included fundraising activities, a special invocation by Taylor Lake Christian Church, and a performance by Clear Lake High School’s ensemble choir, Soundwaves. SSCI’s team enjoyed the festivities and supported the charity with Helen Hodges, P.E., President, Jo Drake Keim, Vice President, Caitlin Tovar, Chemical Engineer, and Stacy Emerick, Administrative Manager in attendance.
Iconic Whooping Cranes Making Way to Texas Coast First Sightings Reported Near Rockport With the first sightings last week of iconic, endangered whooping cranes along the Texas coast, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is reminding Texans to be on the lookout for these impressive birds as they move through the state. Whooping cranes face a harrowing, 2,500 mile journey from the breeding grounds in the marshy taiga of northern Alberta’s Wood Buffalo National Park to the coastal marshes of Texas each year. The migration south to Texas can take up to 50 days with the population typically traveling in Read More »
Creepy Crawlers Saturday October 27, 2018 at 6:30 Join Armand Bayou Nature Center this Saturday October 27, 2018 for a fun night of Halloween-themed games and activities for the entire family! Activities include a night hike in the woods, games, face painting, a barn show, a hay stack dive, and live animals to experience. Reservations are required and will be available on September 4th. The reservation is $10 per person, kids 3 and under are free. Please bring a flashlight- it gets dark out here! Book your reservations now!
On August 23, 2018, SSCI attended the Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP) Luncheon entitled “Drones – A New Tool for the Environmental Professional”. Mr. Mike Allison, president of Raptor Aerial Services, showed off his assortment of drones and explained their applications in the environmental field. Of particular interest to SSCI is the use of drones for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). Drones can be a useful tool for identifying site conditions such as buildings, aboveground storage tanks, water bodies, and other features. Drones can also be used to analyze overland flow, an important part of any Phase I! Read More »
El Lago Coffee Company Joe and Terry Butcher are the proprietors of local coffee roastery El Lago Coffee located in Seabrook, Texas. In an effort to reduce the impact of shipping coffee across the planet and pursue their love of sailing the pair took their sailboat’s maiden voyage to South America to pick up their first load of green, or raw, coffee beans for roasting back in the States. However, on their return journey the pair encountered a storm, forcing the proprietors to call the Coast Guard for rescue. The sailboat, and their caffeine-laden bounty, was lost to Read More »
“Lest We Forget” SSCI Environmental is an official sponsor of the World War I 100th Anniversary Mobile Museum and we highly encourage you to attend!