Bald Knob, White County
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot on the east side behind McDonald’s. The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall. Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167. 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. This federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area. We expect to find 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
Rob Beadel, Director of Forestry Education, Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation
Citizen Science refers to projects in which members of the general public participate in the scientific process. From monitoring the migration of butterflies and songbirds to recording water quality data and even identifying new galaxies in space, citizen scientists are part of a large and growing network serving as eyes and ears in the field. Come learn about several different citizen science projects and ways you can contribute to scientific data collection and reporting.
Since 2008, Rob Beadel has been the Director of Forestry Education for the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation where he serves as the Arkansas Project Learning Tree (PLT) State Coordinator. He promotes sustainable forestry and environmental education in the state and across the country. Environmental education boards and workgroups he has served on include the North American Association for Environmental Education Affiliate Steering Committee, National PLT’s Education Operating Committee, and the Arkansas Environmental Education Association Board of Directors. Rob is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. In 2015 he was recognized by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation as Conservation Educator of the Year.
Location: Fletcher Library at 7 PM.