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.

Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes for February 8

Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes
Fletcher Library, Little Rock, AR
February 8, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Cindy Franklin.  Sixteen people were present.

The January Minutes were approved on a motion by Bill Shepherd and second by Bill Campbell.

Jim Dixon presented the January treasurer’s report showing income of $1,149.73 and no expenses.

Cindy mentioned a field trip to (1) Two Rivers Park on Saturday February 17 and (2) the Great Backyard Bird Count February 16-19.

Dan Scheiman announced Blake Sasse would be the speaker in March about bats, Dan was a possible speaker in April and in May there is no meeting.  Both World Migratory Bird Day and the BirdLR Birdathon will take place on Saturday May 12.

Dan introduced the speaker Amanda Mathis who explained the role of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in taking measures to protect soil, water and wildlife.  NRCS works with private landowners who own 70% of all lands.

The program concluded at 8:05 followed by a short break.

Cindy mentioned the issue of commercially harvesting turtles will be back before the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in April.  The Center for Biological Diversity has been working in a number of states to get such harvesting banned as a threat to native turtle populations.

Cindy mentioned she had not yet received any feedback from the avian rehabbers she had contacted to see if they were in need of additional funding.

Dan made another plug for the BirdLR Birdathon.

Jane Gulley mentioned the need to archive ASCA Minutes, newsletters and other items.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barry Haas
Recording Secretary