Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
American Eagle Foundation we were able to gain some great friends and mentors in the eagle cam world. The AEF team has been broadcasting live feed of eagle nests from Dollywood for several years and in the past couple years has added a site in northeast Florida to their portfolio. They have provided us with information on the proper camera to purchase and streaming service so we can provide a better, high quality product to our viewers.
Friends of Harrison Bay State Park have created a new, user friendly website that we think everyone is going to enjoy. Matt enlisted the assistance of his father, Paul Vawter, and his lifelong friend CL, to come to the course and terminate the ends on the fiber optic cable. For one, I was amazed at the special care that had to be taken with this fiber but more amazed at the quality of picture it helps to produce. Special thanks to Mr. Paul and Mr. CL for their help.
Our site will go live in a week or so but if you want to see an active Bald Eagle nest right now we suggest you visit the American Eagle Foundation Northeast Florida website and see the activities of their beautiful Romeo and Juliet. AEF Northeast Florida Cam
Monday, October 20, 2014
Operation Pollinator project we selected two areas, one beside #1 tee complex and one between #10 green and #11 tee complex, to create these areas. The project has been a great success and we see these areas teaming with bees and butterflies. We will continue to improve our planting processes over the winter to hopefully have these areas even more plentiful with wildflowers and pollinators.
DryJect process to our aerification in August. We hope using this process will provide better subsurface drainage and root growth and will reduce the disruption to the putting surface so we can get the greens back to their desired quality sooner. This winter we will finish our greens irrigation renovation, add surface drainage to #10 fairway, selectively reduce shade around the course, renovate the native planting bed between #1 tee and the driving range, and renovate the remaining fairway bunkers.
It is going to be a long winter and a lot of hard work. We will do our best to not interfere with your round but please remember that all the work we are doing is simply to make your course better.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
|Mr. Cecere with HB5 before release|
Wings of America Birds of Prey" show which is performed four times per day by the AEF. There are currently 18 bald eagles in the aviary with a couple of nesting pairs inside of the enclosure. It is quite a site to see all those white heads lined up at the top of the aviary basking in the sun.
Thanks so much to Mr. Cecere and everyone involved with the American Eagle Foundation for their time, experience, and encouragement.
Harrison Bay State Park we have some exciting news to tell you about as well. Last week the rangers at the park were able to add three injured birds to the Harrison Bay Raptor Center. These birds are injured or disabled and will remain at the Center where they will be cared for and will provide educational and viewing opportunities for park and community guests. This is a great project initiated by Park Ranger Matt Vawter and funded by The Friends of Harrison Bay State Park.
We have a Red Tailed Hawk named "Scarlett" who doesn't miss a single movement outside of her enclosure. Yes, eyes like a hawk.
The resident "camera hound" is "Happy" a Turkey Vulture who can not sit still and wants all the attention. Shaking of a set of keys will get him hopping up and down and looking straight at you.
We encourage guests to stop by and see the raptors. For those interested in more information or how you can help support the project click here Harrison Bay Raptor Center. Donations are readily accepted as feeding these birds will be an expensive venture.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|I still say this cameraperson does not get paid enough|
|MetLife Snoopy 1 soaring over the course giving some awesome overhead video|
|Downtown Atlanta in the background|
Until next year!!!
Sunday, August 31, 2014
DryJect from Chad Gamble owner of DryJect of Tennessee. The DryJect process is unique from traditional core aerification in that it uses high pressure water injectors to incorporate sand or amendments directly into the putting green profile. This is different from core aerification where sand and/or amendments are placed on top of the green and every attempt is made to drag/brush/broom the sand down into the holes, which honestly is nearly impossible to accomplish.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Earth Day at Harrison Bay State Park Golf Course
It seems like a year ago since we had our Earth Day Event at Harrison Bay but Ken Tucker and his staff at Tennessee Wild Side have put together a video of the day's events that I wanted to share.
The event was a great success and we had the opportunity to renew many friendships while at the same time striking up new ones. Being able to join with CNN, We Are Golf, GCSAAtv, TurfNet, Superintendent Magazine, Golfdom, and Golf Digest, just to name a few, to get the word out that golf courses are not environmental polluters but can provide much needed habitat for wildlife and filter air and water pollutants was amazing.
I have to take this opportunity to again thank Jacobsen Turf for envisioning and sponsoring the event and most especially Mr. David Withers, Jacobsen president, for making special arrangements to fly in for just a couple hours to join in the festivities and also to present us with our Golf Environment Organization certification.