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Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) are common native bees and important pollinators for many wildflowers. This American bumblebee forages an obedient plant in the EIH WaterSmart Habitat. Bumblebees visit flowers for the nectar and pollen upon which they feed. It is the length of their proboscis that allows different species of bumblebees to visit flowers of different sizes and shapes. Bumblebees also exhibit a buzzing behavior, or sonicating, that is important to flowers that require this behavior for pollination. Bees visit these flowers to collect pollen, which they do by vibrating their wing muscles to shake pollen out of the anthers. Source: USDA Forest Service

‪#‎PollinatorWeek‬ ‪#‎pw2015‬ ‪#‎bumblebee‬
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Happy Pollinator Week! This week we will be featuring pollinators that call the University of Houston-Clear Lake home.

The Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) is a brilliant orange butterfly with black markings on the wings, and is the most commonly seen butterfly in the EIH WaterSmart Habitat. The caterpillars of the Gulf fritillary feed on passion flower (Passiflora spp.) leaves, while adults feed on the nectar of a variety of flowers.

‪#‎PollinatorWeek‬ ‪#‎pw2015‬ ‪#‎butterfly‬
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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green? Speaking of green, did you know that the Green Sea Turtle has greenish-colored fat as a result of their primarily herbivorous diet? This green fat is what gave them their "green" name! For more information on Green Sea Turtles check out NOAA Fisheries Species info page: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/green.htm
Did You Know? 40 Years of Green Turtle Research in Hawaii [pdf]; Hatchlings only weigh about 0.05 lbs (25 g) and are about 2 inches (50 mm) long. Adult green turtles weigh up to 300-350 pounds (135-160 kg) and may reach a size of 3 feet (1 m) long! Adult green turtles are the only marine turtles ...
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Wondering what to do for Spring Break? How about volunteering some time in our garden? We will be having our weekly Tuesday workday tomorrow, March 17. Join us from 9 - 11 am, no experience necessary.
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Notice of Request for Public Comment and Notice of a Public Meeting to Receive Comments on Six Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in the #ArmandBayouWatershed

Public Comment Meeting
February 12, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Discovery Room (# 108), Gilruth Center
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 E NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058.

Written comments may be submitted electronically to www1.tceq.texas.gov/rules/ecomments/ by midnight on March 9, 2015, and should reference the Six Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in the Armand Bayou Watershed.

Copies of the draft #TMDLs will be available and can be obtained via the commission's website at: www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/tmdlnews.html or by calling (512) 239-6682.

#WaterQuality #Texas #TexasWaterQuality
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Join us for a FREE Birding Workshop on Tuesday, January 13, from 9-11 a.m.

Register: bird.eventbrite.com

 An introduction to the #Audubon Coastal Conservation Program responsibilities of protecting colonial #waterbirds (herons, egrets, spoon...bills, pelicans, terns, and others) through census and population counts in the spring, patrolling and managing rookery islands, and raising public awareness about these nesting birds. The TERN program provides community members an opportunity to participate in citizen science by monitoring these waterbirds in foraging habitats year round.

This #workshop is designed to teach participants simple protocols for surveys, filling out datasheets, and for collecting valuable data that is used by Audubon, USFWS, TPWD, and many others. The field component will take participants to locations where birds are foraging and offer opportunities to practice birding skills and data collection for the TERN program. Songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and many other birds will be documented in the survey.

Dress for going outdoors, bring a water bottle, binoculars, and your favorite bird books (optional).

#birding #Houston  #UHCL   #ClearLakeTX  
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Aside from helping control insect pests, paper wasps, shown here on goldenrod, also provide another important ecological service--pollination. Because of their high energy needs, paper wasps feed on pollen and nectar from a variety of flowers. This makes them beneficial to gardeners.

‪#‎PollinatorWeek‬ ‪#‎pw2015‬ ‪#‎wasp‬
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Help save a life by participating in this survey about rip currents!

The survey, available at https://tamu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e8NBaghB7R7VETr, is designed to determine the public’s knowledge about rip currents and the effectiveness of the current warning signs in use at surf beaches around the country.

For more info visit: http://texasseagrant.org/news/article/online-rip-current-survey-aimed-at-increasing-safety-of-beach-visitors/

#ripcurrent #beach #beachsafety
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Great news! We received a Wells Fargo environmental grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for rain barrel and rain garden community education workshops! This project will help save thousands of gallons of water and reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.
http://goo.gl/H3av8i ‪#‎givingtuesday‬ ‪#‎gofar‬
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EIH is offering three #summercamps this June. Plus, new for 2015, Twilight Activities Week! Our #Nature #Camps are designed to get kids outside and learning about our environment. Activities for our camps include bird watching, making and looking for animal tracks, fishing, geocaching, and much more.

Discovering Nature Camp - For Rising 1st & 2nd Graders
Date: June 8 - 11
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $135/child

Citizen Science Camp - For Rising 3rd-5th Graders
Date: June 22 – 25
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $135/child

The Hunger Games Camp - For Rising 6th-8th Graders
Date: June 29 – July 2
Time: 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $135/child

New for 2015! - Twilight Activities Week
For All Ages (1st - 8th Grade)
June 15: Fishing
June 16: Geocaching
June 17: Mammals
June 18: Hiking
Time: 6 - 9 pm
Cost: $25 per night

Space is limited so register early! For more information and registration form, please visit: tinyurl.com/EIHCamp

#clearlake #gardening #clearlaketx #houstontx #Houston #HTX #Pearland #PearlandTX #LeagueCity #LeagueCityTX #Friendswood #FriendswoodTX #PasadenaTX #Dickinson #DickinsonTX #EIH #GalvestonBay #HoustonNature #summercamp #daycamp #discoveringnature #uhcl #eih #outdoors #itsbetteroutside #gooutdoors
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Here's a quick look at our research crew sampling the Lower Brazos River:
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The University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Institute of Houston has received a $3000 Horned Lizard License Plate grant from TPWD's Texas Wildlife Diversity Program to increase wildlife viewing opportunities on the UH-Clear Lake campus.
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EIH addresses environmental issues in partnership with the university and the community.
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EIH was founded in 1991 to address current and future environmental issues in partnership with the university and the community.
 
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