Meeting April 12, 2018 – Ornithology Through Philately

Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director, Audubon Arkansas

In another installment of Dr. Scheiman’s occasional, educational, ornithological, seminar series he will talk about what postage stamps featuring birds can teach us about ornithology. The over 30,000 stamps that illustrate over 3,500 species also display their breeding habits and habitats, threats and conservation, and the ornithologists who studied them. There’s more to be gained from collecting stamps than face value.

Dr. Dan Scheiman is VP of ASCA. His day job is Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Arkansas, a state office of the National Audubon Society.  He and his staff monitor birds and other wildlife, restore wildlife habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environments. Dan has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has been birding for over 25 years. Bird stamp collecting is another long-time hobby.

Meeting will be at 7 P.M. at the Fletcher Library on H Street in Little Rock.

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.