March 10, 2016 – Melinda Glasgow, Sustainability Commission & Summit

Speaker: Melinda Glasgow, Sustainability Officer, City of Little Rock
Everyone has a vision about what Little Rock needs to become by 2020. With public input and guidance by the Mayor’s Sustainability Commission, the City has developed an achievable Sustainability Roadmap, with goals that will both save precious resources and add quality to the lives of all our citizens. Melinda will share how our city is becoming more sustainable.

Melinda Glasgow began her career with the City of Little Rock in 2008 as the Recycling Program Coordinator. She is now the Sustainability Officer. She also serves as the Executive Director of Keep Little Rock Beautiful, and is involved with Friends of Fourche Creek. In her current capacity she has developed and coordinates several ongoing programs and events for the City, including LRecycles, and Recycling on a Roll. Melinda’s position affords her the opportunity to quickly green-light programs that benefit the City’s sustainability goals though government and private collaboration. Melinda’s communication background includes developing public awareness programs for Heifer International and media relations for several nonprofit organizations.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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ASCA Field Trip – Lake Dardanelle and Holla Bend NWR

Jan. 30, 2016

Due to a heavy snowfall in Central Arkansas on Jan. 22nd, the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas’ (ASCA) field trip to Lake Dardanelle and Holla Bend NWR was postponed to Jan. 30, 2016.  Highlights seen during the trip were a Western Grebe at the Delaware Point Park (Hwy. 393) on Lake Dardanelle, plus one adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, and one adult Herring Gull.  Multiple Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets gave the group great looks.  At least two newer birders said the Kinglets were their favorite bird of the day, a good reminder to enjoy our common birds as well as our uncommon birds.  At the dam site on the Russellville side, we did not find the previously seen Royal Tern nor the Neotropic Cormorant.  We did find one juvenile Herring Gull mixed in lots of Ring-billed Gulls and Double-crested Cormorants.

At the Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, we spotted three Bald Eagles, a small flock of Wild Turkeys, American White Pelicans, a few ducks, a possible Merlin, a Winter Wren, and lots of sparrows, but no Northern Harriers nor swans.  At County Rd. 57/Country Loop, New Neely, off Hwy. 154, not far from Holla Bend NWR, we found four Harris’s Sparrows mixed in with White-crowned Sparrows, a Roadrunner, and finally a Northern Harrier, but no Bewick’s Wren.  It was a fun day with a huge flock of birders (46) and absolutely perfect weather.

Karen Holliday

ASCA Field Trip Coordinator

Maumelle/Little Rock