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Speaker: Cindy Franklin, ASCA & Master Gardeners

Cindy and her husband Bill Burnham spent 24 days in southern South America on a Wings tour sampling a variety of habitats from Iguazu Falls in northeastern Argentina to Ushuaia in Terra del Fuego to the high Andes east of Santiago, Chile. They traveled approximately 6,000 miles by air, land, and sea from Buenos Aires to Valpraiso, Chile. They added 286 birds to their life list including 4 species of penguins and 7 species of albatross as well as many mammals and several species of whales & dolphins.

Cindy Franklin has had a lifelong interest in gardening and bird watching that began when she was growing up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After she retired from a VA nursing career she became a Pulaski County Master Gardener. She and her husband Bill are members of the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas and the Arkansas Audubon Society. Cindy maintains a pollinator garden both on her front patio and in her front yard, and is endlessly fascinated by the insects that visit her plants throughout the growing season. She also maintains an active hummingbird feeding station during the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds’ breeding & migration seasons. 

Bald Knob, White Co.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in North Little Rock on the east side of the Other Center parking lot behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is located across from McCain Mall, on McCain Blvd.  Take Exit 1 West, off Hwy. 67/167.  We’ll arrive at the Bald Knob NWR around 8:45 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road.  The refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA).  Target birds will be lingering ducks and early-arriving shorebirds, herons, egrets, and night-herons.  Very little walking will be involved.  If you have a scope, bring it.  Bring water, snacks or lunch.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at the Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS Coordinates:  35.260233, -91.571903