September 12, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Southern Ecuador Birding Tour
Speaker:  Dr. Dan Scheiman

Dan and Samantha Scheiman got a high watching birds in the Ecuadorian Andes this past January 8-21. With help from their expert guides at High Lonesome Tours their group saw 540 bird species. This includes 48 species of hummingbird, 42 species of tanager, 2 umbrellabirds, and the much sought-after Jocotoco Antpitta. Dan will take you on a photo tour of their trip from sea level to nearly 14,000 feet.

Dr. Dan Scheiman is Vice President of ASCA. His day job is Bird Conservation Director of Audubon Arkansas. He and his staff monitor birds and other wildlife, restore habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environment. He has been birding for over 25 years. In the eight years he has lived in Arkansas he has seen 349 of the 413 bird species documented in the state. Dr. Dan the Bird Man has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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August 8, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

History, Benefits and Values of Arkansas State Parks
Speaker: Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks

We’ve all visited Arkansas’s state parks, but how much do we really know about our park system? Greg will cover the history of the state park system, those that had great influence on shaping it, managing and maintaining a modern state park system, birding opportunities, how to stay connected to park programs and events, and the parks’ benefits and values.

Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks Director, is responsible for directing the operation of 52 state parks, all central office operations in Little Rock, and five regional offices. Additionally he oversees the Outdoor Recreation Grants program, which provides technical assistance and grants to Arkansas communities. Greg was appointed State Parks Director in 1990. Prior to that he served as a park planner, and Manager of Planning and Development for State Parks. He has an MS in Recreation from the University of Arkansas. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments from the National Association of State Park Directors in 2011.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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