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SSCI in Support of Armand Bayou EcoCamp

Educating the public on the importance of conservation efforts is key, and what better place to start than with our community youth. As a parent, I learned that teaching kids starts at home, and environmental awareness is very important as Earth’s population continues to grow and spread. I chose to enlighten my two children at Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Summer EcoCamp. They loved it so much last year that they wanted to participate again this year.  Armand Bayou Nature center provides for children ages 4-13 programs that encourage observation, problem-solving and creativeness in the natural setting of the wetlands. ABNC EcoCamp gets kids outdoors to demonstrate how wetlands affect humans and animals by featuring hands-on activities like seining at the bayou, pond dipping, and scat identification, which is very entertaining to school-age groups. My kids enjoyed the seining most of all because they caught a snail and made it their group mascot for the day.

Wetlands along coastlands, like here in the Galveston area, are one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth because it provides a wide variety of food, nutrients, and shelter to a wide variety of indigenous plants and animals, as well as migratory birds, but public knowledge needs to be increased. Wetlands function as a giant water filter, extracting harmful pollutants from the water that flows through them.  When it rains, wetlands help prevent flooding of rivers by holding onto excess water like a sponge; during a drought, wetlands provide water to surrounding areas to keep the trees and animals alive. Wetlands are also “Biological Supermarkets” because they support so much animal and plant life that are unique to this ecosystem. Humans are impacted by wetland functions in many ways; for example, they recharge underwater aquifers, a large source of the potable water we use and drink daily.

Environmental programs, such as those at ANBC, provide a fun and educational foundation to act locally, and think globally. If you are interested in sending your child to EcoCamp or would like more information,

please visit their website:http://www.abnc.org/education/summer-ecocamp.html

Earth Day, April 22, 2017

SSCI will be celebrating Earth Day tomorrow, April 22, 2017 at the Party for the Planet  at Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about the environment.  The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects. The first Earth Day was in 1970.  For more information about the history of Earth Day, visit Live Science.

Party for the Planet is being hosted by Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) Board of Trustees.  ABNC stands out as one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, providing the community with exceptional educational, recreational, and health benefits of nearby nature. ABNC is planning for the future to ensure ecosystem preservation and to educate our community about preservation and the benefits of nature.  The Party for the Planet is on Saturday evening, April 22nd includes honorary guest Senator Larry Taylor with live music by Andy and the Dreamsicles.  The evening will be topped off with a catered dinner, dancing, charitable auctions, and games.

Thank you for not feeding the ducks.

 

Many people enjoy feeding bits of bread to hungry ducks and geese as their children laugh, squeal, and giggle feeling as if they are part of nature.  However, Texas Parks and Wildlife warns that feeding migratory ducks at local ponds and creeks can create problems for the birds and the environment.  These problems include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Dependency
  • Disease
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Water Pollution

Artificial feeding also attracts birds to human habitats such as parking lots, fast-food restaurants, and retention ponds where they are subject to injury or accidental death.  Waterfowl are protected by natural cover in wildlife areas that provide protection from bad weather and predators such as wild and domesticated animals.  Waterfowl can become conditioned to and dependent on humans for food.  Human fed ducks and geese behave differently and are more aggressive, than these species in the wild. These birds will eventually lose their wariness of humans and won’t be able to survive without human interaction.

Families can still interact with waterfowl by viewing ducks and geese in their natural habitat.  We encourag you to learn more about waterfowl and their natural habits at places such as zoos and nature centers, which often offer feeding waterfowl.

Six things you should never feed ducks

  1. Bread
  2. Chips
  3. Crackers
  4. Cereal
  5. Sweets
  6. Moldy food
Six things you should feed ducks

  1. Corn
  2. Lettuce
  3. Peas
  4. Oats
  5. Rice
  6. Seeds

Below is a list of the top 5 birding sites in the Houston area.

  1. High Island
  2. Armand Bayou Nature Center
  3. Big Thicket National Preserve
  4. San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
  5. Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

 

A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office! A great day of fishing is even better.

SSCI participated in a fishing trip courtesy of Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) and Texas Legacy Outdoors. Captain Dwayne Green navigated the waters of Matagorda Harbor and Matagorda Bay resulting in a successful catch by Helen I. Hodges, President of SSCI.  Ms. Hodges with her catch, a Speckled Trout, is pictured with Captain Green on Matagorda Bay on March 18, 2017.

ABNC located in Clear Lake, Texas stands out as one of the largest urban wilderness preserves in the United States, providing the community with exceptional educational, recreational, and health benefits of nearby nature.  ABNC is planning for the future to ensure ecosystem preservation and to educate our community about preservation and the benefits of nature.  PARTY FOR THE PLANET, on Saturday evening, April 22nd, will include catered dinner, live music by Andy and the Dreamsicles, dancing, charitable auctions and games.  Senator Larry Taylor will be the honorary guest. For more information check back at sscienvironmental.com or visit http://www.abnc.org/.