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.

Field Trip: May 12, Gillam Park and the Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC)

Little Rock, Pulaski Co.

May 12th is World Migratory Bird Day. Celebrate the spring migration of birds moving from their wintering sites to their summer nesting grounds by joining our field trip. It will be a great day to be outside in nature! This bird walk doubles as a BirdLR Birdathon team, a new concept in fundraising on behalf of Audubon Arkansas (read more on page 1). ASCA has made a pledge based on the number of species seen. Anyone can donate to ASCA’s team by going to ar.audubon.org/.

Meet at 7:00 AM in Gillam Park at the last parking lot past the swimming pool. Gillam has great habitat for spring warblers and other migrants. There will be moderate walking on fairly level, but possibly muddy trails. When finished at Gillam, we’ll drive to the LRAC and walk the wildlife observation trail. Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and Terry Lock and Dam to look for Western Kingbirds and Painted Buntings. Bring water and snacks, the trip can last into the early afternoon. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

Directions—Gillam Park is in southeast Little Rock near the airport. Address is 5300 Gillam Park Road, Little Rock. Take I-30 West heading south from Little Rock. Then exit onto I-440 going towards the airport. Take Exit 1-Springer Road. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Springer Road. Go approximately 1 mile to just past the LRAC. Turn right onto Gillam Park Road. Follow it into the park to the last parking lot past the swimming pool.