Field Trip – April 27, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, West Little Rock

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the parking lot of the Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail.  The trail is a ¾ mile loop, so late arrivals can easily catch up to the group.  Spring migrants will be our goal.  Afterwards we’ll have our choice of the main trail to the scenic overlook at the Visitor Center or the Kingfisher Trail.  The Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail and Kingfisher Trail are paved with slight inclines.  Bring water and light snacks.  This is a half day trip.

Directions to Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail:  Take Hwy. 10 or Chenal Parkway west to the Hwy. 300/Hwy. 10 intersection.  Turn north on Hwy. 300.  Go approximately three miles, turn right onto Pinnacle Valley Road.  Follow it until you see the Arkansas Arboretum sign and parking lot on your right.

Monthly Meeting – April 11, 2019 – Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan

Leslie Fowler , Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator

The Arkansas Monarch Conservation Partnership (AMCP) is a group of citizens, conservation and agricultural organizations, government agencies, utilities, and agribusinesses committed to the creation of enhancement, and conservation of monarch and pollinator habitat in Arkansas. The AMCP finalized the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan in May of 2018. A goal of this plan is to deliver acres of habitat critical to the survival and population growth of monarch butterflies, pollinators, and upland wildlife. With collaborative efforts through the Partnership, there have been many successful projects and efforts to create habitat for monarchs and native pollinators in The Natural State. Leslie will discuss the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan, partnership success stories, and future efforts.

As the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, Leslie Fowler assists the AMCP with meeting the strategic goals of the Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan. An Idaho native, Leslie graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in Fire Ecology and Management, another degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a certificate in Remote Sensing of the Environment. Before joining Quail Forever, she was with the Bureau of Land Management, first as wildland firefighter for several fire seasons, and later as a fuels crew lead. She later conducted a research project gathering baseline fuel loading and soil moisture data in Hot Springs National Park. She has also worked for the Idaho Fire Institute for Research and Education and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. In her free time she enjoys exploring the Natural State and learning more about native species, but she’s happiest when she has a drip torch in her hand.

Meeting is at Fletcher Library at 7 PM.