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  • Our Next Event is on October 4, 2014
    Field Trip to Frog Bayou WMA
    Starts: 6:30 am
    Ends: October 4, 2014 - 2:30 pm
    Description: Frog Bayou WMA—Dyer (Crawford Co.)
    Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot located at Exit 135 off I-40 West. Frog Bayou WMA is one of Arkansas’ newest AGFC wildlife management areas, established in 2005. This former farm is a wetland restoration area, with migratory waterfowl as its main user. Secretive marsh birds like rails, Sora, and American Bittern will be our target birds. A variety of wading birds such as herons, egrets, ibis, and night-herons also visit the area. Walking will be on unpaved, level paths. Bring boots. If time allows, we will check the Alma Sewage Treatment ponds for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. We’ll return to Little Rock by late afternoon.

    For those in western Arkansas who would like to join us, meet our group at 8:45 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Kountry Xpress Truck Stop located at Dyer Exit 20 on the south side of I-40. The truck stop is on your right just before the Hwy. 64 intersection. Breakfast and lunch buffets are available at the truck stop.

Frog Bayou WMA—Dyer (Crawford Co.)

Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot located at Exit 135 off I-40 West. Frog Bayou WMA is one of Arkansas’ newest AGFC wildlife management areas, established in 2005. This former farm is a wetland restoration area, with migratory waterfowl as its main user. Secretive marsh birds like rails, Sora, and American Bittern will be our target birds. A variety of wading birds such as herons, egrets, ibis, and night-herons also visit the area. Walking will be on unpaved, level paths. Bring boots. If time allows, we will check the Alma Sewage Treatment ponds for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. We’ll return to Little Rock by late afternoon.

Bell Slough South WMA—Mayflower

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the main entrance to the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Our target birds will be migrating fall warblers. Bell Slough is a mix of ecosystems consisting of 2,040 acres of woodlands and wetlands situated between Little Rock and the Mayflower/Conway region. There are 117 species of birds documented for the area, including the adjacent waterfowl resting habitat.The Bell Slough Kenny Vernon Nature Trail consists of three connecting trails, each ranging in length from about a half-mile to 2 1/4 miles. The WMA also has a nice mix wildflowers that attract numerous butterflies. Wear study walking shoes. This will be a morning trip.

From Little Rock, go west on I-40. Exit I-40 at Mayflower (Exit 135) and turn east (right) at the light onto Hwy. 89. Then turn south (right) just past the commuter parking lot. Follow the service road paralleling I-40, then veer right at the fork. This is the new road to Grassy Lake Road. After crossing the Palarm Creek bridge, turn left into the WMA parking lot.

Baltimore Checkerspots

Speaker: Stephen Robertson, UALR

Location: Little Rock Audubon Center.  Time: 7 PM.

The black-and-orange Baltimore Checkerspot is a rare beauty found in several northern Arkansas counties, where its caterpillars specialize on False Foxglove. Come learn about this striking species’ interesting life history traits that help it survive.
While growing up in the Air Force, Stephen Robertson resided in four states, but spent the first years of his life in Aviano, Italy. He grew up with a fascination for insects. This led to studying entomology in college. He is currently an M.S. student at UALR, and intends to get a Ph.D. in Ecology with the aim of becoming a professor. Research is his great passion, and he hopes to continue doing so for as long as his body will allow.