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Nimrod Lake and Harris Brake Lake—Perryville

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west Little Rock Wal Mart parking lot (northwest corner) on Hwy. 10/Cantrell Rd. We’ll caravan to the dam site at Nimrod Lake and start our exploration with a short walk across the dam. We’ll then travel to various access points along the lake. Nimrod Lake is Arkansas’s oldest reservoir, created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 by damming the Fourche LaFave River. Next, we’ll drive to Harris Brake Lake and look for more waterfowl. Our target birds will be eagles, ducks, mergansers, loons, and Osprey. Harris Brake Lake was built in 1955 and is the third largest lake owned by AGFC. The lake is located one mile south of Perryville. Walking will be limited. No boots are needed. Bring binoculars, scopes, drinks, snacks, and lunch. We should be back to Little Rock by mid-afternoon.

 

For more information about Nimrod Lake, go to www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/nimrod/index.htm.

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.