2019 Spring Bird Count Results

The James B Harrison Foundation hosted its first Spring Bird Count last weekend, on Saturday, April 13th. We had 9 birders in attendance with 3 Christmas Bird Count returners, and 5 new birding friends joining in on the birding action.

The weather held up for our 9 birders who observed a total of 62 species throughout the 4-hour morning count.

Adding to our birding checklist from our Christmas Bird Counts was a total of 15-species. Most of these 15 species of birds were migratory or spring species not usually recorded during our December counts. These species included Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Franklin’s Gulls, Broad-winged Hawk, Mississippi Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Purple Gallinule, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and the Carolina Wren.

We would like to extend a big thank you to those birders who braved the unpredictable weather to join us for our first Spring Count and make it such a big success. You all are always welcome to join us for future events and we look forward to adding more birding opportunities to our calendar in the future.

JBH Spring Bird Count Checklist - Page 1

JBH Spring Bird Count Checklist - Page 1

JBH Spring Bird Count Checklist - Page 2

JBH Spring Bird Count Checklist - Page 2

SHE Springs Women's Outdoor Nature Workshop

As Spring is in full swing, our SHE Springs Women’s Outdoor Nature Workshop is back on the calendar. Originally scheduled in March, our event has been rescheduled to Friday, May 10th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at JBH Long Point Ranch.

The James B Harrison Foundation along with the Texas A&M AgriLife Cooperative Extension Program are collaborating to host this SHE Springs Outdoor Workshop which is designed for women of all ages with an opportunity to self-reflect and connect with nature. The event will include nature yoga and meditation/self-reflection in an outdoor setting.

We recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes, bring water, a yoga/fitness mat, and a small notebook with pen/pencil. Insect repellant is also enouraged. Binoculars or cameras are also welcome!

Please RSVP for the event at www.agrilife.org/ftbend4h/event/she-springs-nature-event/ or for more details please contact Hannah Muegge at hannah@jbhfound.org.

Check-in will begin at 5:45pm. JBH Long Point Ranch is located at 8200 Whaley-Long Point Road, Richmond, Texas, 77469.

Event is FREE!

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2019 City Nature Challenge

Public is Invited to Join the 2019 City Nature Challenge in Fort Bend County

            Are you interested in helping the 9 counties of the Houston Region claim the title as the wildest in Texas? Then look no further! Cities around the world will compete April 26 – 28 to see which urban areas can document the most of their local wild plant and animal life within their regions.  The James B Harrison Foundation and Fort Bend County 4-H will be hosting challenge participants on Saturday, April 27thin Richmond at JBH Long Point Ranch. Texas Master Naturalist volunteers will be on hand to assist new citizen scientist. The event will be open from 8am-1pm and participants are welcome to come and go as they please. 

We encourage our participants to come with their camera or smartphone (preloaded with the iNaturalist App) and dress appropriately for the outdoor activities. Participants are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch.  You do not have to be a nature expert to participate in this event! All new or experienced citizen scientists are welcome. It is family friendly, open to all ages, and is absolutely free. 

To participate in the challenge, visitors create and share observations using the iNaturalist smartphone app. An observation consists of a photo of an animal, bird, butterfly, plant, or ANY other signs of life. These are uploaded and shared online together with the location and date (must be in the challenge area and date range). The app assists by suggesting an ID based on photo recognition, then the iNaturalist online community helps to accurately identify the species by agreeing with an identification or giving a better suggestion. This challenge is a great learning opportunity to get the kids involved and engaged with nature. 

The City Nature Challenge began in 2016 with a competition between San Francisco and Los Angeles and has now grown to 160 metro areas worldwide. Just in Texas, nine regions (Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Port Aransas, and San Antonio) will soon square off to see which is the wildest.  The Houston region consists of 9 counties: Harris, Galveston, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Austin.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Master Naturalists, and Houston Audubon Society, are among many organizations in Texas that will also be joining in on the challenge.  The data generated from iNaturalist is publicly available to help researchers, land managers, and even policy makers, so participation is highly encouraged!

            Interested in joining in on the fun? Visit https://www.jbhfound.org/calendar or https://agrilife.org/ftbend4h/event/cnc/for more details, directions, and to RSVP for the event. The James B Harrison Foundation’s JBH Long Point Ranch is located near George Ranch and Brazos Bend State Park in the Long Point/Fairchilds area of Richmond at 8200 Whaley-Long Point Road. More information on the challenge can be found at http://citynaturechallenge.org/

 

Questions?

Contact: Hannah Muegge, James B. Harrison Foundation Charitable Activities Director hannah@jbhfound.org or Amber Leung, Fort Bend 4-H Program Coordinator amber.leung@ag.tamu.edu

Visit    www.agrilife.org/ftbend4h/event/CNC    for more details and to RSVP.

Visit www.agrilife.org/ftbend4h/event/CNC for more details and to RSVP.

Connecting our Youth to Nature with iNaturalist

Connecting our Youth to Nature with iNaturalist

Looking for a way to get our youth engaged and connected with nature? Well, there’s an App for that!

iNaturalist is an online social network where people share biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. Short version - iNaturalist was developed to help people connect with nature! The added perk is that each observation made has the opportunity to become research grade which then makes it research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.

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The iNaturalist and Seek Apps allow users to make and record observations on the go! Simply go online and create a free user profile on iNaturalist.org to get started, and then download the App on to your smart phone to start observing. The iNaturalist and Seek Apps are very common except that in the Seek App there are challenges and badges that can be earned, the more you observe.

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The iNaturalist and Seek Apps do all the work for you! Simply take a picture of your nature find and then upload your photo observation to the App where it will suggest identifications for you to choose from. Select the suggestion that you feel best fits and then share it with the iNaturalist social community who will then agree with your identification or make a recommendation as to a better fitting ID.

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So what classifies as an observation? An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a certain time and place. Your smart phone camera records the date, time, and location of each photograph which then follows it when it is uploaded to the App. Observations can be made of organisms such as animals, plants, fungi, and even animal tracks, scat, and nests which represent signs of life. Each observation should be recorded separately.

When taking photographs for observations, be sure that your pictures are clear and the subject is easy to view. If taking pictures of a plant or flower, it is recommended to get multiple pictures to include the flower, leaves and base of the plant to help with identification.

Take iNaturalist or the Seek App for a spin next time you’re outdoors or at the park, and then come join us in April for the 2019 City Nature Challenge. The James B Harrison Foundation will be hosting a bioblitz Nature Challenge on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00am to 12:00pm to help Houston become the wildest city in Texas! More details can be found at www.jbhfound.org/calendar.

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1st Annual JBH Foundation Photography Contest

The James B Harrison Foundation is excited to announce its Annual JBH Foundation Photography Contest. Our first contest will be open from January 2019 to December 2019. Entries are due by December 20th. It is our hope, with this contest, to capture the beauty of our JBH Foundation Properties through the eyes of our visitors.

The contest will be open to all ages and experiences. The rules are simple. Photograph entries must have been taken on a property within the Foundation. Limit one entry per person. Subjects can range from wildlife to landscapes and all in-between.

As this is our first contest, winner(s) and special categories will be dependent on the total number of entries received. The James B Harrison Foundation Board of Directors will serve as our contest judges and will select photographs that capture the heart of The James B Harrison Foundation.

Please see our Photography Contest under “Resources” for more information.

2018 Brazos Bend Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count for Brazos Bend is set for Saturday, December 15th, 2018. This will be the 7th year that the James B Harrison Foundation’s Long Point Ranch will have participated in this event.

The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event within National Audubon Society, with over 100 years, 118 to be exact, of community science involvement. It is an early winter bird census, where volunteers across the country go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds across a 15-mile radius tract in their local area.

The count is open to birders of all ages and experiences. Each participant must register prior to the scheduled bird count. Registration is now open for those wishing to volunteer and participate in this year’s bird count. Head to http://www.brazosbendcbc.com to register. If you should like to join us for this year’s count leave JBH Long Point Ranch in the comments section.

The day usually starts pretty early. It is recommended that participants bring a sack lunch to eat in the field as the count will wrap up in the late-afternoon.

Come dressed for the appropriate weather conditions and don’t forget your binoculars or camera as the day will be full of plenty of birds to see!

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Welcome to Our Website

Welcome to JBHFound.org! 

We are very excited to have our website up and running. Our goal at The James B Harrison Foundation is to organize and promote charitable activities, with an emphasis on youth involvement, to further education and research for land conservation, appreciation of nature and sustainability. It's been quite the learning process, but we are very eager to serve our local communities of Fort Bend and Wharton Counties. 

We hope that you take a few minutes to browse our website. Should you have any questions or would like to know more about us, please feel free to reach out under the "Contact Us" link.

Sincerely,

The James B Harrison Foundation

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