Friday, July 11, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
|Injured and infected right wing of eaglet on 5/29/14|
|Every eagle needs a little bling|
Coverage and updates on the release can be found at www.harrisonbayeaglecam.org and https://www.facebook.com/AmericanEagleFoundation
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Much to everyone's excitement the greens at Harrison Bay have made a tremendous turnaround over the past several weeks. Good growing weather combined with some extreme TLC from the grounds staff have proven to be the special touch that they needed. Although the greens are improving we know we can make them even better and so we will be carrying out our first large core aeration of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The course will be closed for these two days to allow us to perform the necessary tasks that we need to in order to keep improving the golf course.
I know that very few, if any, golfers like to hear the word "aerification" but it is a necessary evil that must be performed. Just so you don't think that I thought up the process by myself, I invite you to view the USGA video below on the importance of greens aerification.
Please bear with us as we continue to make the golf course better. We feel that the greens will be back in better shape than they are now within 7-10 days.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The eaglet was located by our golf course staff around noon but it was unable to fly and could only hop around on the ground. It made its way into a very thick area of blackberry bushes for shelter. Members of our golf course maintenance staff along with Harrison Bay State Park rangers corralled the eaglet and safely placed it in a box for transport to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
The great people at the UTCVM examined the eaglet and found that no bones were broken, as was feared, but that the eaglet had multiple lacerations on its right wing and that flies had begun to lay eggs in the cuts. The eggs were estimated to be about 12 hours old and we were told that if the eaglet had not been captured and taken to UTCVM that it would have most likely died within the next 12 hours.
We are extremely grateful to Dr. Cheryl Greenacre and everyone else at the UTCVM for taking such quick action to care for the eaglet. They will tend to the eaglet for a few days to make sure the wounds are closed and any infection is gone. You can view the rehabilitation process at www.facebook.com/UTCVM. We are hoping to be able to work with the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, TN to have them rehab the eaglet in one of their large aviaries until it can successfully fly. At that time it is our utmost desire to return it to Harrison Bay for release.
The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam Project has taken on a life of its own over the years with people from around the world tuning in to see the birth and growth of the eagles. The eagles feel like family now and we hate to see them hurting or in danger but I am glad that we have so many people willing to go out of their way to help them survive. Thanks to all of the Bear Trace staff, the Harrison Bay State Park rangers, and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine personnel for all your dedication and hard work.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
|Jacobsen President Mr. David Withers and|
TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau with our GEO
As with most things that mean something certification with GEO is not something that is easily achieved, but that is not to say that it can not be done or should not be sought after. It took us about two years to complete our certification but we have had a few projects going on during that time. The thing that I like about the GEO certification process is that they look not only at what you are doing now but how have you changed your operation practices over a period of time. This allows you to see if you have changed and are just treading water or have you changed your practices and continue to make improvements. The certification process is broken into six different categories; Nature, Water, Energy, Supply Chain, Pollution Control, and Community.
The "Nature" section of the certification, as you can guess, deals with how the golf course interacts with the natural surroundings and inhabitants of the golf course. What are we doing to enhance the property for the benefit of the environment? What changes in our management practices and policies have we made to lessen our impact on the environment and the surrounding? What environmental programs or practices have we put in place to create sustainable and suitable habitat for wildlife?
|One of the many wildlife inhabitants of our course|
The content of our Nature certification section can be viewed here
|Converting our greens irrigation from full circle to part circle|
heads has reduced our usage of irrigation to water greens
The content of our Water certification section can be viewed here
|A view of one of our fully electric Jacobsen Eclipse 322|
The content of our Energy certification section can be viewed here
|Proper equipment like the Toro ProCore 648 allows us to|
properly maintain our soil structure for better turf
The content of our Supply Chain certification section can be viewed here
The "Pollution Control" section of the certification deals with how we are protecting the environment from direct or accidental contamination from fuel, chemicals, fertilizer, or other substances. Have we created vegetative buffer strips around our water ways to protect them? Are we mixing our chemicals and fertilizers on impervious surfaces? Are we storing our chemicals, fertilizers, and oil products in a safe and secure manner?
|Vegetative buffer strips around all of our waterways helps|
to protect the surface water from contamination
The content for our Pollution Control certification section can be viewed here
The "Community" section of the certification covers how we are involving and including our community in our environmental programs and practices. How are we communicating our environmental activities and programs to the general public? Are we reaching out to include the public in our projects and our property with the hopes that they will implement some of our programs on their property? How are we promoting our environmental programs with the media to help improve the image of the golf course industry? How are we making sure that the general public views the golf course as a positive entity within the community rather than a negative environmental polluter?
|Members of the Friends of Harrison Bay State Park who|
monitor our eastern blue bird houses
The content of our Community certification section can be viewed here
Our certification process was very enlightening and educational. We had the pleasure of working with Mr. J. Russell Bodie, M.A. of The Smart Group as he was assigned to carry out our GEO onsite verification. Mr. Bodie was great to work with and his Verification Report can be viewed here
It is an honor for us to be included in the current group of only six golf courses in the United States which are GEO Certified. The other courses are Broken Sound Club of Boca Raton, Florida, Highlands Country Club of Highlands, North Carolina, Mirimichi of Millington, Tennessee, The Ritz Carlton Golf Club of Orlando, Florida, and The Venice Golf and Country Club of Venice, Florida.
Environmental promotion and protection is important and can be very enjoyable. We hope that each course will institute some environmental programs or practices in their operating standards. Working with organizations such as Golf Environment Organization makes the process that much more enjoyable and easier. Utilizing these environmental organizations for their knowledge and inputs can give you ideas and methods to improve your course, as they have ours.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
So here is how the Rounds4Research program works.
1) Go to www.rounds4research.com to register to bid
2) During the time of June 9-22 visit https://www.biddingforgood.com to bid on the rounds you are interested in.
3) Following your successful winning of the bid EIFG (Environmental Institute for Golf) will send you a voucher or certificate for your round or package which you can then take to the golf course to redeem.
4) Here is the great part. At least 80% of the bid amount is returned to the local GCSAA chapter that the round was donated to. In the case of the Tennessee courses, the funds come back to Tennessee GCSA.
5) You get to feel good about helping the environment while enjoying a round of golf.