Monthly Meeting: March 8, 2018, Arkansas Bats

Blake Sasse, AGFC Nongame Mammal Program Leader


White-nose Syndrome, a fatal fungal disease that is causing massive bat mortality across the eastern US, has been confirmed in Arkansas. Blake Sasse will discuss the ecology and management of bats in the state and the impact that White-nose Syndrome has had on bat populations.  

Blake has been the Nongame Mammal Program Leader for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission since the position’s inception in 2000. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri in 1991 and his M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of New Hampshire in 1995. He worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a wildlife area manager from 1996-1999. Blake focuses his work on the management of endangered bats, but also works with other nongame mammals and furbearing mammals.

February 17, 2018 Two Rivers Park, Little Rock AR

Participate in the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by joining ASCA’s February field trip.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Two Rivers Park Bridge (also known as the “Little” Dam Bridge) at the start of the walking trail located at 4468 River Mountain Road at the southeast end of the Two Rivers Park peninsula.  We’ll scope the river from the parking lot and bridge, then walk the dirt and paved trails as far as people wish to go.  You can turn around at any point and head back to your vehicle.  After returning to our cars, we’ll drive to the west entrance of Two Rivers Park and walk the big field and horse trail.  Both areas have a diverse population of sparrows and provides a great opportunity to work on identifying those “little brown birds”.  Knee-high rubber boots are recommended because of the copious sand burrs.  Bring water, snacks, and your scope if you have one.  We should finish around noon.  If any rare loons are being reported, birders can continue on to Lake Maumelle.  Loons, mergansers, ducks, and grebes are easily found on the lake this time of year.  If you can’t join the field trip, participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own backyard and submitting your sightings to the GBBC website at

Directions-take Exit 9 west off I-430 onto Cantrell Rd.  At the first stop light, turn right (north) onto River Mountain Road.  Go to the bottom of the hill then bear right to the main parking lot.  GPS coordinates are 34.797458, -92.383017.