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It’s Houston Bird Week!

 

ABNC is partnering with Houston Audubon to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with an Early Morning Birding Hike for the first-ever Houston Bird Week!

Watch a roseate spoonbill and great blue heron wade in water or watch an Osprey soar as you listen to the chirp of colorful songbirds. Located in the heart of a major migratory path, Armand Bayou Nature Center is an amazing place to go birding all year round.

Spaces are limited, so register today!

When: September 28, 7-9am

Reservations: Reservations required

Age: 12 years & up

Rates:  Members $10, Non Members $12

BOOK YOUR EARLY MORNING BIRDING HIKE TODAY!

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/.