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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.

June 8, 2017 – Honduras: The Emerald of Central America

Speaker: Dr. Dan “the Bird Man” Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director, Audubon Arkansas

Dan and Samantha spent a week birding the Caribbean slope of Honduras. From the lowland rainforest of Pico Bonito National Park to the mangrove forest of Cuero y Salado Reserve, and from the desert of the Aguan Valley to the sea of Cayos Cochinos Marine National Park, they followed their expert guides. Highlights include Lovely Cotinga, Keel-billed Motmot, Agami Heron, and Honduras’s only endemic, the Honduran Emerald.

Dr. Dan Scheiman is Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Arkansas, a state office of the National Audubon Society. He also serves as VP of ASCA and Chair of the Arkansas Audubon Society Trust. Dan has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He and his staff monitor birds and other wildlife, restore wildlife habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environments. He has been birding for over 25 years. In the 12 years he has lived in Arkansas he has seen 360 of the 418 bird species documented in the state.

Due to renovations at Fletcher Library, this meeting will be at Audubon Arkansas at 4500 Springer Blvd in Little Rock.