Meeting: July 12, 2018 – The Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan

Allison Fowler, Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan highlights needs and actions for 377 Species of Greatest Conservation Need. By implementing those actions, the hope is to preclude further decline of those species. Through the State Wildlife Grants program a variety projects are funded to conduct research that fills data gaps, or to restore and create habitat for those species in need.

Allison Fowler is the wildlife diversity program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. She has served in that position for over six years. In this role, she coordinates efforts for Species of Greatest Conservation Need and oversees implementation of the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan. Before joining AGFC, she worked as a field ecologist at the Nature Conservancy. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Arkansas State University and an M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Location: Fletcher Library at 7 PM.

Meeting: June 14, 2018 – World of Pollinators

Jon Zawislak , Apiculture Specialist, UA Division of Agriculture

Pollinators are essential for plant reproduction, seed viability, and fruit set. Our own food supply, and that of many wildlife species, depends on this important ecosystem service. Explore the role that bees and other creatures undertake in keeping our farms, fields and forests fruitful.

Jon Zawislak is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. He has worked and played with honey bees since 1998, and is equally at home in the bee yard, the laboratory or the classroom.  His teaching emphasizes an understanding of the biology and behavior of our busy little friends, and keeping them healthy while minimizing pesticides in the hive. He spreads the word about the importance of pollinators to the non-beekeeping public. Jon has a background in botany and entomology, and is a certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apiculture Society. He and his family operate Walnut Valley Honey Farm in Little Rock, producing products from the hive, and supplying pollinators for community gardens.

Fletcher Library at 7 PM.