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Speaker: Kayti Ewing, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Wildflowers are now being used by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) to help beautify the over 200,000 acres of highway roadsides it maintains. Kayti will talk about AHTD’s Wildflower Programs, discuss the recent federal policies that have been put in place to promote and develop pollinator habitat on roadsides, and the issues—both positive and negative—related to the actual implementation of pollinator habitat on roadsides.

Kayti Ewing is a botanist with AHTD’s Environmental Division. At AHTD, she oversees the Department’s several Wildflower Programs, consults with USFWS regarding endangered and threatened plant species, and performs wetland and stream impact assessments in order to obtain the proper 404 permit. She was born and raised in Harrison, AR. She has a B.S. in Botany and an M.A. in Geography, both from the University of Oklahoma. For her thesis, she developed a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) for Oklahoma wetlands. An FQA is tool used to evaluate and determine the quality (or degree of pristineness) of wetland habitats based on the vegetation present at a site.

The meeting will be at 7 PM at the Fletcher Library.

Speaker: Bear Starr, Arkansas Master Naturalist & Frog Watch USA Coordinator
The names “Bugweiser” and “IHOP” are two of the memory aides that
Bear uses to keep straight the difference between a frog and a toad. Bear
will use these and other memory aids as a fun way to help you learn to ID
the species of frogs and toads that live in the Little Rock area. In addition,
he will discuss how frogs and toads are indicator species for the health of
local ecosystems, and describe the many benefits that frogs and toads bring
to the local environment.
Bear Starr moved to Hot Springs Village in February 2014 from
Virginia. His interest in all things reptile and amphibian started as a typical
10-year-old boy terrorizing local critters. He joined Audubon in the early
70s in central Florida when the local board of directors wanted someone
with a herpetology background. He continues to be an avid birder to this
day. Bear was a certified Virginia Master Naturalist and is now a certified
Arkansas Master Naturalist, often volunteering at Lake Ouachita State Park.
He is also the Diamond Lakes Chapter Coordinator for Frog Watch USA in
Arkansas, a citizen science program that monitors the health of frog and
toad populations.

Meeting will be at the Fletcher Library at 7 PM.

ASCA’s Annual Potluck & Silent Auction

Little Rock Audubon Center

Join us on Thursday, December 8, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Little Rock Audubon Center for our annual holiday potluck and silent auction.

This fun-filled event is a great opportunity to enjoy wonderful food, spread some holiday cheer, and exchange stories with fellow birders.

If you are bringing an item for the auction please be there by 6:00 p.m. in order to get the item(s) labeled and in place. We’ll begin accepting bids at 6:15 and sit down for dinner at 6:30. Items can be purchased or handmade.

ASCA will provide the drinks. Plates, cups, and eating utensils will be furnished by Audubon Arkansas.

In addition to all the fun, we’ll conduct one important point of business – election of Officers and Board Members for the upcoming year.

The Little Rock Audubon Center is located on the southeast side of Little Rock at 4500 Springer Blvd., just minutes from downtown. Take I-440 to exit 1, Springer Blvd. Go south (left) on Springer Blvd. Cross the railroad tracks, then look for the center and Audubon Arkansas sign on the right.

Bring your favorite dish and join us on December 8 for a fun-filled evening and a chance to visit with fellow birders from around the state.