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Events on October 4, 2014
  • Field Trip to Frog Bayou WMA
    Starts:October 4, 2014 - 6:30 am
    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.
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Events on October 9, 2014
  • Monthly Meeting - Whirlwind Birding - Five States in Eleven Days
    Starts:October 9, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Fletcher Library
    Description: Speakers: Doris and Dottie Boyles

    Doris Boyles set a goal a few years ago to see 100 species of birds in 25 states. With 15 already completed, she planned a whirlwind trip to visit five states in 11 days with her daughter Dottie. They birded in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Come hear how they did and the many adventures along the way.
    Doris is an avid gardener, retired American Iris Society Judge, and collector of many things. She has been a serious birder since 2000.
    Dottie works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. While she has had many hobbies over the years that included hiking and painting, she also became a serious birder in 2000.
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Birds in a Changing Climate

Speakers: Lynsy Smithson-Stanley and Tom Auer, National Audubon Society

Location: John Gould Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

Recent Audubon research has concluded that climate change is the most immediate and significant threat to the future existence of birds in North America. Nearly half of North American bird species are in danger, according to Audubon’s science. Staff from National Audubon Society’s science and climate team will present this new research, highlight implications for regional birds, and discuss the individual and collective opportunities that exist in Arkansas to lower carbon emissions and protect imperiled species.
Lynsy Smithson-Stanley is Deputy Director for National Audubon’s Climate and Strategic Initiative. A native Missourian, Lynsy attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism before working as a reporter and editor in MI and MO. Her Masters in mass communication research led her to New York City and to Climate Nexus, a start-up that focuses on climate change communication to the public. She joined Audubon after three years at Climate Nexus, where she was led media strategy and strategic communications.
Tom Auer, Important Bird Areas Biologist. Tom has recently helped institute an organizational species taxonomy standard and has been involved in data management and analyses, visualization, and GIS work throughout Audubon. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota – Duluth and a MS in Geography from Penn State. A conservation data specialist, Tom has experience in environmental web mapping and cyberinfrastructure projects, and is an active eBirder.

Whirlwind Birding – Five States in Eleven Days

Speakers: Doris and Dottie Boyles

Location: John Gould Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

Doris Boyles set a goal a few years ago to see 100 species of birds in 25 states. With 15 already completed, she planned a whirlwind trip to visit five states in 11 days with her daughter Dottie. They birded in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Come hear how they did and the many adventures along the way.
Doris is an avid gardener, retired American Iris Society Judge, and collector of many things. She has been a serious birder since 2000.
Dottie works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. While she has had many hobbies over the years that included hiking and painting, she also became a serious birder in 2000.

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.