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August 26
Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
Bald Knob, AR
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot, on the east side behind McDonald’s. Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167. The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall. We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there. Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road. The federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area. We expect to see shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills. It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. There is no bathroom on-site. There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55. Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge. GPS: 35.260233, -91.571903

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.