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Plants of Armand Bayou - Updated!

Posted by Shawn Gano on June 5, 2013 21:23 CDT

Lyman Brown has updated his excellent compendium of plants that grow at the nature center!  Check them out on the home page under Plants of Armand Bayou.

ABNC Volunteer Duty Roster - June 2013

Posted by Shawn Gano on May 26, 2013 18:54 CDT

Here is the roster

 If you have to cancel, please do your best to find your own replacement. If you cannot, please notify your coordinator AND the front desk. If you can cover for any open slots, please call the coordinator for that event. When you arrive at ABNC for your duty, please check in at the front desk.

New Photo Hikes

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on January 28, 2013 21:26 CST

We are working to bring a new Photo Hike to ABNC. It will be done as a monthly outing at sunrise or sunset, depending on what the theme is for the month. We are looking to have a training session in February, a practice run in March and the first official Photo Hike in April. There is a great group of people working on this, led by Lyman Brown. The volunteers will be trained as trail guides and should have an interest in photography. As soon as we have dates we will let you know.

May 2012 Edition of Plants of Armand Bayou

Posted by Shawn Gano on May 30, 2012 20:33 CDT

Lyman Brown has updated his Plants of Armand Bayou documents.  See the home page to check them out!  

Recycling Needed

Posted by Liz VanOrstrand on May 17, 2012 13:32 CDT

Facilities is in need of plastic containers, preferably with screw or snap on tops, that are transparent & translucent.  The mouth of the container should be large, similar to a spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, bullion cubes, dog treat containers, ect, from small to medium size.  They could also use small (less than 16oz) plastic coffee containers.  Please have the containers cleaned and washed out.  They can be dropped off at the Maintenance Barn.   Thanks.

New Edition of Plants of Armand Bayou

Posted by Shawn Gano on March 4, 2012 17:48 CST

Lyman Brown has updated his Plants of Armand Bayou documents.  See the home page to check them out!  

Armand Bayou Christmas Bird Count Results

Posted by Martha Hood on February 17, 2012 21:27 CST

157 species – New record!

We did it!  With 71 counters in the field and 9 feeder watchers counting, we reached a new record with 157 species plus 3 more seen during count week.  Many people ask about the results, but do not realize that they are online for all to see.  You can even check out other results in the state or in the country.  To see Armand Bayou’s results, click on the following link -  http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/ObservationCircle.aspx and enter TXAY  for the count code.  This will show you the entire number of species seen during count day and count week (which is identified by a “0” in the number section).  While browsing through the results you will also notice abbreviations under certain categories.  To see what those codes mean, look at the following file.   http://birds.audubon.org/sites/default/files/documents/CBCEditorialCodes.pdf

Most of the “editorial codes” we see are:  PH (photo), GD (good details), AQ (adequate details), & MD (marginal details).  In the “Flag” category, you will encounter HC (for high count) and US (for unusual species). 

If you are really interested in how various species have fluctuated for the Armand Bayou count, check out the historical data section (http://audubon2.org/cbchist/count_table.html)   I found it interesting to see how the various species have fluctuated and especially the change of species names.  How many realized on this count that Common Moorhen is now called Common Gallinule? 

Lastly, I want to thank each and every one of you.  After the tally rally dinner, I was excited to see how we got even more species with the help of our feeder watchers! You all made such a difference.  Also, a special thank you to all of you willing to take photos.  A picture is worth a thousand words and we had some wonderful photos taken.  I hope you consider submitting some of them to the CBC gallery which will be posted about in time for the 113th CBC (http://web1.audubon.org/imagePublic/cbc_form.php) .  It is a great chance to share you photos with all and give Armand Bayou some great publicity. You even might get published in the American Bird magazine!

I would be remiss if I didn’t give  special recognition to Judy Sharp for helping me with this year’s count, along with my birding buddies Sandy Parker and Susan Hesley who helped me scope out areas.  Thank you.

Happy birding.





Compendium of Plants: Update

Posted by Shawn Gano on November 6, 2011 21:29 CST

Check out the latest version of Lyman Brown's Compendium of Plants on the home page! 

Compendium of Plants at ABNC

Posted by Shawn Gano on October 8, 2011 21:21 CDT

Check out the three volumes of plants at ABNC that Lyman Brown has put together for us at the bottom of the home page! 

2011 Proposed Bylaws

Posted by Shawn Gano on September 20, 2011 21:23 CDT

Please read and be prepared to vote at the next volunteer meeting

Here is the full document:  2011 bylaws

Proposed volunteer board slate for 2011:

Posted by Thomas Scarsella on December 4, 2010 18:37 CST

CHAIR - Tom Scarsella (second term)
VICE CHAIR – Mary Alice Trumble, contingent on her being able to remain editor of Bayou Foliage.
TREASURER – Eleanor Stanley
SECRETARY – Jill Macomber
GREETERS – Stan Krauhs
OUTREACH – Adriana Sicotte
WEEKDAY ED – Paula Scott Garcia
WEEKEND TRAILS - Gaye Batiz (second term)
FACILITIES – Marijn Liffijt 
ADMISSIONS - Liz VanOrstrand (second term)

News from the garden, by: Hilary

Posted by Shawn Gano on August 25, 2010 07:51 CDT

Gardening volunteers met during the social time before the Volunteer meeting on August 12.  This will be a regular meeting time on second Thursdays.  Other volunteers are welcome to join us.

We discussed ways to communicate more often with the group, whether by e-mail or in person, particularly about that all-important chore of Watering.  We decided to have two days a month when we can actively plan ahead to be there, knowing that there's a good chance we will meet at least one other gardener in the garden.  This should lead to more cohesive planning and action!  It will also be a good time for other interested volunteers to see what we’re up to.

These two days will be:
- the first Thursday morning,
- the third Saturday afternoon.....

Click here to read more

Harmful Algal Blooms

Posted by Shawn Gano on January 25, 2010 19:54 CST

A nice overview of Harmful Algal blooms (and a brief mention of my Phyto iPhone app) in a podcast (audio) put together by NOAA: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/podcast/nov09/mw111209.mp3

iPhone Phytoplankton App

Posted by Shawn Gano on January 5, 2010 19:00 CST

Rebekah and I have been working with NOAA and the master naturalists identifying phytoplankton.  As part of that effort I wrote a small iPhone app to help learn the different species and it was featured on the "NOAA World" web site. (It mentions ABNC)

New web site!

Posted by Shawn Gano on April 25, 2009 09:01 CDT

We have released a new web site that is more interactive.  If you are a volunteer hit the register link in the upper right corner to begin! 

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