Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Prothro Junction commuter lot, I-40 East, Exit 157, southeast side of the interstate. First, we’ll head to the Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery, off Hwy. 70 at 23 Joe Hogan Lane, Lonoke) Lonoke Co.). The hatchery is the largest and one of the oldest state-owned warm-water pond hatcheries in the United States. After searching the hatchery, we’ll head south on Hwy. 31 to Pettus and turn east onto Bob Long Road. We’ll check the numerous minnow ponds along the road for ducks and mergansers. Our target birds will be lingering shorebirds, early arriving gulls, and first-of-the-season sparrows. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. Wear sturdy shoes as we may be standing in dirt and grass on occasion. Bring water and snacks. This is a morning trip.
Speaker: Neil Curry, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Join Neil Curry, facility director of the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center as he highlights the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s 100th anniversary and gives updates about the nature center. Wildlife conservation has come a long way since 1915 but some important lessons stay the same in nature even in a very urban environment.
Neil is a former president of the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas. He has birded from coast to coast and been actively involved in wildlife conservation education for over 40 years. He was worked as a park naturalist for the National Park Service ranging from Montana to Oklahoma and closer to home for Arkansas State Parks at Pinnacle Mountain for 22 years. Since 2002 he has worked for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and been involved in designing and operating regional education and nature centers across the state
Location: Little Rock Audubon Center located on the southeast side of Little Rock at 4500 Springer Blvd., just minutes from downtown. Time: 7 PM.