Monday, February 10, 2014

Eloise Lays Her Eggs While We Are at the 2014 Golf Industry Show

A lot has happened in the past week for us at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay.  This past week Mitch and I attended the 2014 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida.  This annual event is held by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and this was a special year for us as we accepted the 2014 GCSAA/Golf Digest National Public and Overall award presented by Syngenta and RainBird in the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards program.  Being recognized by our peers for the environmental work we do is great and having our supervisor Mr. Mike Nixon join us for this recognition was a true honor.

We had the privilege to meet many new people at the conference as well as reconnect with some old friends.  I always enjoy the Celebration Certification Luncheon presented by Syngenta which is a gathering of fellow Certified Golf Course Superintendents from around the world.  Having lunch with many of my good friends from Tennessee as well as other parts of the country is one of the highlights of the conference for me.

As if the festivities and activities at the GIS were not enough our favorite feathered family started off the 2014 nesting season for the Harrison Bay Eagle Cam Project while we were gone.  Eloise surprised us with her first egg on Tuesday evening around 6:00 PM.  This egg was laid 6 days earlier than last season.  She continued the fun with a second egg laid on Friday evening around 6:30 PM.  With a normal incubation period of around 35 days we will be anxiously anticipating a new arrival around March 11.