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by MAbernathy
March 21st, 2017, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 22 Bio Blitz @ Jones Park in Humble
Replies: 0
Views: 2012

April 22 Bio Blitz @ Jones Park in Humble

Good morning all Quick into and background - My name is Matt Abernathy and I work at Jesse Jones Park in Humble. I was here from 2007-2012, and now I'm back. We are a 300+ acre nature preserve and my new position involves habitat restoration and also species monitoring and maintaining checklists for...
by MAbernathy
March 21st, 2017, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston Texas questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3119

Re: Houston Texas questions

If it happens to be Sunday, March 26, stop by Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center in Humble. I work here and we have some great herping habitat at the park. It'll probably be 30-45 min drive from JV. I will be in the office most of the day, but might be able to join you for a bit. If nothing else, I ca...
by MAbernathy
June 5th, 2015, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A froggy night north of Houston
Replies: 4
Views: 2556

Re: A froggy night north of Houston

Ill have to check mine and I am still waiting on some of the audio & images from others that were there.

Matt
by MAbernathy
June 2nd, 2015, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A froggy night north of Houston
Replies: 4
Views: 2556

Re: A froggy night north of Houston

Here is a link to the dropbox where we have the pics from the night. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dn9qj4sflxip6d6/AACgOJwSIvFIqe_uKNXDEXU-a?dl=0 There are a few audio/video files in with some of the chorus recorded. Regarding the Strecker's call, one of the herpers does frog/toad surveys for Houston T...
by MAbernathy
May 22nd, 2015, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A froggy night north of Houston
Replies: 4
Views: 2556

A froggy night north of Houston

Good morning all It's been ages since I have posted, but I had the opportunity to get out for some herping at Lake Houston Wilderness Park in New Caney last night. I work for the City of Houston Parks Dept. now and we were out seeing what we could find around the park with a great group of folks las...
by MAbernathy
May 11th, 2015, 8:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Smoky Mountain NP visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Re: Great Smoky Mountain NP visit

Thanks Bill I appreciate the info. My wife & I visited in 2011 and really enjoyed it. The town was a little crazy at times, but we really enjoyed being able to escape into the park. I am hoping to find more this time around as our last visit was during spring break and it was a bit chillier then. We...
by MAbernathy
May 11th, 2015, 5:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Smoky Mountain NP visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1483

Great Smoky Mountain NP visit

Good morning all My name is Matt, from TX (former SC chapter president and education officer) and my family and I are headed to GSMNP at the end of the month. We will be staying near Gatlinburg and plan on spending most of our time in the park. I am just looking for suggestions on areas to go that w...
by MAbernathy
September 26th, 2014, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Attention Houston area herpers
Replies: 1
Views: 1254

Attention Houston area herpers

Howdy It's been awhile since I've been on here, but I wanted to touch base with the Houston area folks. I recently started with Houston Parks Dept in the new Natural Resource Management Program. My main focus is assisting with developing the Natural Resources Management Operations Manual and conduct...
by MAbernathy
February 21st, 2014, 6:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 7258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?

Good morning all So, I have the go ahead on my end if folks are interested in herping the Galveston Bay Foundation properties. If you decide to come down here, then we can discuss the specifics. With that said, I also agree with Shane, that there will probably be a limited number of species, at leas...
by MAbernathy
February 20th, 2014, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February Species Counts
Replies: 11
Views: 2660

Re: February Species Counts

Only thing I have seen so far this year is a Rough Earth Snake on my front step at the apartment. Field work is coming up soon, so hopefully I'll find more and have some good photos to share soon.

Cheers
Matt
by MAbernathy
February 20th, 2014, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I submit?
Replies: 14
Views: 3344

Re: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I subm

Hey Chris,

It looks good to me. I'd be interested in seeing/hearing about the edits from Andy.

Assuming this is approved, I would love to participate. I also might look at getting a similar SUP for Anahuac and/or Brazoria NWR here on the upper coast.

Matt
by MAbernathy
February 17th, 2014, 2:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 7258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal - EC Texas April 4-6?

Howdy Been quite awhile since I've posted here, so I figured I would jump in. Regarding the spring meeting, unfortunately, I have work obligations that weekend, but maybe I'll make it out one of these times. Interesting that we have no Trinity County vouchers. I used to work up there, and have sever...
by MAbernathy
January 2nd, 2014, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake
Replies: 53
Views: 9098

Re: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake

Awesome thread and photos...

Will have to find my pictures to post, but I found 6 or so this past year (5 alive, 1 dead) in Galveston County, TX.
by MAbernathy
May 20th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May Species Counts
Replies: 26
Views: 5595

Re: May Species Counts

Had the opportunity to assist Audubon TX with colonial waterbird census on some of the islands in west Galveston Bay today. Awesome day, lots of birds.

Plus
2 - Female TX Diamondback Terrapins
4 - Gulf Salt Marsh Snakes

Last week in Galveston Co also got a rough earth snake.

Matt
by MAbernathy
May 19th, 2013, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trying again
Replies: 32
Views: 7374

Re: Trying again

Let me know when. I live NE of Houston and always enjoy getting out for some herping. If I'm available, I'm game!

Matt
by MAbernathy
January 8th, 2013, 8:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 Spring SCC Outing
Replies: 36
Views: 8351

Re: 2013 Spring SCC Outing

Howdy all I think its great that this chapter is really seeing some activity and moving forward! As for me, a trip within a few hours of Houston is about all I can swing these days. As for dates, it all depends on school and work for me. I am going to do my best to get out do some herping with y'all...
by MAbernathy
September 21st, 2012, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: houston area herping
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Re: houston area herping

A good place to start would be Jesse Jones Park in Humble. www.hcp4.net/jones They are having a Bio-Blitz with a herp group on October 6th. I used to work up there, but switched jobs about 6 months ago. Not sure who is running the herp group (I normally do but have football tix that day. Good luck M...
by MAbernathy
September 21st, 2012, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: September Species Count
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: September Species Count

Finally got to do some herping this month.


Harris County
TMTC Anoles & Ground Skinks around my house
1 Gulf Coast Toad
2 - Ribbon Snakes
2 - Buttermilk Racers (one adult, one hatchling)

Galveston Co.
1 - Red-eared Slider
1 - DOR Texas Rat snake

Matt
by MAbernathy
July 5th, 2012, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June Species Counts
Replies: 14
Views: 2338

Re: June Species Counts

Here is the link to the NAHERP report for the terrapins I found. http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=116021

My wife got some better pics which I will post later this week.

Cheers
Matt
by MAbernathy
June 30th, 2012, 4:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June Species Counts
Replies: 14
Views: 2338

Re: June Species Counts

Haven't been out herping much lately as new job and new baby have been much of my life lately but today was fantastic and lucky!!

My wife and I came across two Diamondback Terrapins in 10 minutes. Pictures up soon. LIFER!!

Matt
by MAbernathy
June 18th, 2012, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mediterranean Geckos in Texas
Replies: 16
Views: 3550

Re: Mediterranean Geckos in Texas

Know for sure Kingwood and Humble areas in NE Harris County, and the lands of the Katy Prairie Conservancy (Harris, Ft. Bend, Waller county confluence area).

Matt
by MAbernathy
June 1st, 2012, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trying again
Replies: 32
Views: 7374

Re: Trying again

Wish I could but unfortunately I work this weekend.

I will definitely keep it in mind though. I'd love to get out around the Austin area for some herping.

How big is the property?

Matt
by MAbernathy
May 11th, 2012, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Jacinto County - Under Reported?
Replies: 13
Views: 1991

Re: San Jacinto County - Under Reported?

Soopaman

I can't really commit to anything this weekend (1st mother's day for my wife) and with a young one at the house, it all depends on if I can break away. If I get to plan a trip I'll let you know, but for now, my trips will likely be last minute.

Matt
by MAbernathy
May 9th, 2012, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Jacinto County - Under Reported?
Replies: 13
Views: 1991

Re: San Jacinto County - Under Reported?

I had a similar experience when I went out hiking in that area last year. Not sure if it's just bad luck or what. I might be headed up there this weekend to scope out the forest roads a bit, so I'll definitely post if I find anything.

Matt
by MAbernathy
May 7th, 2012, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May Species Counts
Replies: 15
Views: 2693

Re: May Species Counts

Found a DOR Nerodia sp. at a marsh restoration on Saturday. Believe it is a cross between a Broad-banded Water Snake & a Gulf Salt Marsh Snake. These crosses have been reported around Galveston Bay on occasion. Will add pic later. Also Green Anole & Ground Skink on a walk yesterday. Not much moving ...
by MAbernathy
May 5th, 2012, 2:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May Species Counts
Replies: 15
Views: 2693

Re: May Species Counts

Three-toed box turtle crossing the end of my street yesterday.
by MAbernathy
May 2nd, 2012, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 NAFHA National Meeting
Replies: 1
Views: 1043

2012 NAFHA National Meeting

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by MAbernathy
May 2nd, 2012, 6:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May Species Counts
Replies: 15
Views: 2693

May Species Counts

Nothing for me yet, but I wanted to start this thread.

I'll be out doing some marsh restoration on Saturday and hopefully get out some Sunday too, so hopefully I will have something to post early next week.

Cheers
Matt
by MAbernathy
April 16th, 2012, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Species Counts
Replies: 11
Views: 1771

Re: April Species Counts

It's been a crazy spring...new baby, new job, and graduate school! Finally can post a few herps for the month. American Alligator Green Anole Red-eared Slider Rio Grande Chirping Frog (calling) Bullfrog (calling) W. Cottonmouth (DOR) Not much, but I'm hoping to get out some more next weekend! Cheers...
by MAbernathy
April 16th, 2012, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 SC Chapter Spring Field Trip (Photos & Species List)
Replies: 13
Views: 3827

Re: 2012 SC Chapter Spring Field Trip (Photos & Species List

Awesome list guys!! Looks like it was a blast.

Sorry that I couldn't make it but hopefully I'll be out next time!

Matt
by MAbernathy
February 22nd, 2012, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston Event on March 3rd.
Replies: 0
Views: 689

Houston Event on March 3rd.

Good morning everyone I just wanted to send this out and hopefully some of y'all can make it out for the event. Next Saturday, March 3rd, is the annual NatureFest at Jesse Jones Park. We currently have 39 exhibitors signed up for the event, and 4 great speakers as well. The event runs from 9 am - 4 ...
by MAbernathy
February 22nd, 2012, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February Species Counts
Replies: 16
Views: 2866

Re: February Species Counts

Haven't been able to get out much lately between work, school, and the newborn, but I've seen a few things. Diamondback Water Snake - 2 Red-eared Sliders Green Anole Mediterranean Gecko Ground Skink Gray Treefrog ( calling) Leopard Frog (calling) Hoping to find some more this week while I am out and...
by MAbernathy
February 22nd, 2012, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2012 SC Chapter Field Trip (UPDATED 4/13)
Replies: 28
Views: 4306

Re: Spring 2012 SC Chapter Field Trip

Sheena & I will play it by ear. With an infant around our schedule is hard to set. We might see if my parents will watch him for the day and come up and hang out on Saturday. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for setting this up guys!!

Matt
by MAbernathy
January 16th, 2012, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting article on pythons in the Everglades...
Replies: 0
Views: 836

Interesting article on pythons in the Everglades...

Don't know if anyone is interested, but I thought this was kind of interesting!

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/ ... s-pythons/

Matt
by MAbernathy
January 7th, 2012, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January Species Counts
Replies: 22
Views: 3895

Re: January Species Counts

The weather has been epic for herping here around Houston, but unfortunately when I have been out, I have virtually been skunked.

A few sightings include:

Ground Skink
Green Anole

Bronze Frog
Cricket Frog

Red-eared Slider

Nothing very noteworthy...I'll keep looking.

Matt
by MAbernathy
November 19th, 2011, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Officer Nominations Reminder
Replies: 13
Views: 1842

Re: Officer Nominations Reminder

Looking good to me!!

I want to commend everyone for stepping up on this.

Matt
by MAbernathy
November 17th, 2011, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Officer Nominations Reminder
Replies: 13
Views: 1842

Re: Officer Nominations Reminder

Thanks Paul. Been sleeping in the guest room until I finally didn't have a fever. Caught it early, so hoping recovery will be decent. Still sucks though. Regarding the position, it's a good spot to hold, and as mentioned before if we are having a meeting, field outing, skype, etc and you can't make ...
by MAbernathy
November 17th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Officer Nominations Reminder
Replies: 13
Views: 1842

Re: Officer Nominations Reminder

Hey guys Sorry I've been out of pocket. This month is flying by. First week was baby shower, 2nd week was insanity at work, and then I caught pneumonia!! yippee So, here are my thoughts: I'm good with sticking it out as prez! I might be a little hit or miss early next year, as my son is due Jan 24, ...
by MAbernathy
November 7th, 2011, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November Species Counts
Replies: 16
Views: 2134

Re: November Species Counts

I've had a few good finds over the past week. It's hard to tell how winter will be for us here, as we were down to 34 at my house NE of Houston on Friday morning, yet we are at 80 today, and by Thurs. AM will be back in the 30's for a low. Gotta love Texas. Here's my finds so far: 3-toed Box Turtle ...
by MAbernathy
October 30th, 2011, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Central Chapter Officers!
Replies: 21
Views: 4003

Re: South Central Chapter Officers!

Fear Not Mike...we we're really behind last year so the posts you saw were actually for the 2011 officers.

We will be taking nominations starting in November for 2012.

Matt
by MAbernathy
October 27th, 2011, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 1174

Re: October Species Counts

Katy Priarie Conservancy BioBlitz was last Saturday. Slim picking, but I did get a few. Will post on database soon. Ground Skink Med. Gecko 2 x W. Cottonmouth, including a juvi that is about the prettiest I've ever seen. The adult was nice too Tx. Rat Snake Brown Snake (not sure on Marsh or TX. Goin...
by MAbernathy
October 18th, 2011, 10:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nominations for chapter positions is coming in November!
Replies: 2
Views: 1328

Nominations for chapter positions is coming in November!

I just wanted to post this so that people will start thinking about who they are interested in nominating. November is nomination month. If you wish to become a 2012 officer for the Southcentral Chapter, you must be a member of the chapter. To be a voting member, you must have submitted a least one ...
by MAbernathy
October 14th, 2011, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz
Replies: 18
Views: 4553

Re: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz

Here are my pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/Matthew.S. ... directlink

Paul, Kathy had some of your mud excursion. here is her link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathypratt ... 679502919/

Matt
by MAbernathy
October 13th, 2011, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 1174

Re: October Species Counts

Apparently the rain throughout southeast Texas over the past week has helped get the herps moving. Here is what I have found lately (uploading to the database as we speak). October 7 W. Slender Glass Lizard - Found crossing a road along the east boundary of Galveston Island State Park (Galveston Co....
by MAbernathy
October 3rd, 2011, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 1174

October Species Counts

Numbers from the Jesse Jones Park Bioblitz on October 1st. 16 total species: Snakes: Southern Copperhead Ribbon Snake Turtles: Red-eared Slider Common Musk Turtle Razorback Musk Turtle Lizards: Ground Skink Green Anole 5-lined Skink Amphibians: Gulf Coast Toad Rio Grande Chirping Frog Grey Treefrog ...
by MAbernathy
October 3rd, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz
Replies: 18
Views: 4553

Re: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz

Howdy Folks We had a great turnout for the BioBlitz on Saturday morning, and fantastic weather. Thanks to everyone who came out including FHF Members Arron Tuggle, Eric Stone, and Paul White, along with some other volunteers. I was quite worried about what we would find, considering the drought, and...
by MAbernathy
September 30th, 2011, 7:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz
Replies: 18
Views: 4553

Re: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz

10-4 About .3 inches here I think, maybe a little more.

Hoping some stuff will be moving. Let's cross our fingers!!

Matt
by MAbernathy
September 27th, 2011, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz
Replies: 18
Views: 4553

Re: Jesse Jones Park Bio-Blitz

@ Paul: Still some water left, so hopefully we can find some turtles. One pond has turned out Red-eared Sliders, Stinkpot, Miss. Mud, & C. Snapper. Plus we have found spiny & smooth softshell, A. Snapper, W. Chicken, R. Cooter, & Miss. Map before. Lets cross our fingers @ Eric: I don't mind walking ...
by MAbernathy
September 22nd, 2011, 8:49 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Houston Area Birders
Replies: 0
Views: 605

Houston Area Birders

Next Saturday, October 1st, we are hosting the 2nd annual BioBlitz at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center in Humble. There is a herp team, a bird team, and an invert team. If anyone is interested in getting out and birding (or herping) give me a call at the park at 281-446-8588.

Thanks
Matt
by MAbernathy
September 16th, 2011, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: rainfall, finally
Replies: 4
Views: 1656

Re: rainfall, finally

Hey Paul,

I wouldn't bet on y'all needing it more. We are 24" below normal for rainfall this year....I'm just hoping there is still water left in 2 weeks for the BioBlitz.

Glad y'all got some up there.
Matt