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August 10, 2017 – Larks, Owls, and You: Sleep and its Timing

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Peszka, Associate Professor of Psychology, Hendrix College

In an engaging style that will NOT put you to sleep, Dr. Peszka will introduce you to the function of sleep, then discuss sleep in nonhuman animals, followed by sleep timing in humans and suggestions about improving sleep.

Dr. Jennifer Peszka is in the Psychology Department at Hendrix College where she teaches Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning, Sensation & Perception, Statistics, and Introductory Psychology. She and her students examine some of the causes and effects of sleep deprivations. She has a B.S. from Washington & Lee University, VA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her dissertation was on the effects of sleep deprivation on the wake/sleep transition. Previously she has worked in the chronobiology laboratory at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and acted as the assistant to Research Director of the Sleep Disorders Center, Forrest General Hospital, in Hattiesburg, MS.

Due to renovations at Fletcher Library, this meeting will be at Audubon Arkansas at 4500 Springer Blvd in Little Rock.

July 13, 2017 – Shades of Gray: Water Reuse and Conservation for the Home

Speaker: Erika Droke, Environmental Program Coordinator, ADEQ

Fresh water is less than 1% of the earth’s total water volume, making potable water more rare than gold. As consumers, we can reduce the amount of potable water wasted by “reusing” water from daily activities, lowering our water bills while conserving energy and natural resources. Reused water is often called “gray water,” and as you’ll learn, there are many shades of gray! Come learn more about gray water reuse and other simple ways your household can conserve potable water and preserve natural fresh water resources. Find the right shade of gray for your home!

Erika Droke has worked with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality since 2011, and is a member of the agency’s Public Education and Outreach team. Her primary community focus is teaching about watershed health and best practices to protect local water quality, but she is also involved in developing solid waste and air pollution education campaigns. Erika holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Central Arkansas. She is a North Little Rock native and has enjoyed outdoor interests since childhood; she is thrilled to now have a “grown-up” career that is centered on protecting Arkansas’s environment.
Due to renovations at Fletcher Library, this meeting will be at Audubon Arkansas at 4500 Springer Blvd in Little Rock.

July 8
Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA
Hope, AR
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the south end of the commuter parking lot at the I-630/I-430 intersection at Shackleford Road in Little Rock. We’ll stop at the McDonalds in Hope (Exit 30 off I-30) around 8:45 a.m. for those in south Arkansas who would like to join us. Look for Great-tailed Grackles at McDonalds. We should arrive at the Bois D’Arc WMA at 9:15 a.m. Our target birds will be Purple and Common Gallinules and their chicks, Least Bitterns, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, herons, egrets, and possibly an alligator or two! Very little walking will be involved. Bring scopes, plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. There are several restaurants in Hope if you prefer to eat lunch in town.

Bois D‘Arc WMA is located 10 miles south of Hope. Take Exit 30 off I-30 and go east. Continue past McDonald’s, then under the railroad overpass. At the light at the big intersection, turn right onto Hwy. 67. Go 1/3 of a mile. At the brown sign, turn left onto Hwy. 174. Take Hwy. 174 south 6 miles to the stop sign at Spring Hill. Turn right onto Hwy. 355. Go west for 4 miles. Turn right at the white wooden WMA sign just before the highway ends in the lake. Follow the paved road, then turn left onto the first gravel road and go down to the lake. GPS: 33.558062, -93.694239