Field Trip – Nov 23 – DeGray Lake Resort State Park—Arkadelphia

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the commuter lot at I-430/I-630 off Shackleford Road in Little Rock.  We’ll arrive around 8:45 a.m. at the Park’s Lodge for anyone who would like to meet us there.  Our target birds will be eagles, loons, ducks, mergansers, grebes, and gulls.  Dress warm, the lake can be windy and cold.  Hats and gloves are recommended.  Bring scope, water, and snacks.  You can bring lunch or eat in the Park’s Lodge restaurant.

Address for the park is:  2027 State Park Entrance Road – Bismarck, Arkansas 71929.  GPS coordinates are 34.24562, -93.14840.  Go to www.degray.com for more information about the park.

Monthly Meeting – November 14 – Ordinary Extraordinary Junco: Remarkable biology from a backyard bird!

Documentary by the Junco Project (juncoproject.org)

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all backgrounds. Chapters highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant–yet amazing and diverse–groups of songbirds in North America, the juncos. Each chapter explores key themes in behavior, ecology, or evolution. This video will be screened at the Little Rock Audubon Center, 4500 Springer Blvd.

Why the Junco? So often nature and science films focus on exotic organisms in far-off places. People should realize that exciting biology is happening every day in their own backyards. Despite the fact that they are abundant and common across much of North America, birds of the genus Junco also exhibit stunning diversity in feather color, body shape and size, and behaviors among the various species, subspecies, and races across their range. Juncos are truly ordinary yet extraordinary birds!

Meeting will be at the Audubon Center at 7 PM.