July 11, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Sprinkler System Efficiency
Speaker: Mark Brown, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Water is a precious resource. During the summer months as much as 80% of the water used by an average home is for outdoor use. Homeowners watering their lawns and landscapes are the main source of this outdoor use. There are lawn care practices that, if followed, can reduce the need for irrigation and still allow your lawn to be healthy and green. The tips you learn at this talk will save you money as well as water.

Mark has been a Pulaski County Extension Agent since April 2010, specializing in outdoor water conservation and turfgrass management. His specialties include lawn care, turfgrass diseases, soil testing, and outdoor water efficiency. He has B.S. in Turfgrass Science from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and is currently a graduate student in Agriculture Education at the University of Arkansas. He is a native
Arkansan from Bryant.
Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

June 13, 2013 – Birding on the Fly

Speakers: Dale and Craig Provost
All of us have gone on bird-focused trips, whether an ASCA field trip to a nearby park, or a multi-week trip to another country. But sometimes we go on trips across the state or across the world that are not focused on birding. Craig and Dale will discuss ways to work in birding on those non-birding trips, and to optimize finding special species you want, whether you are on a business trip or a family vacation (with non-birders). Of course, these techniques will also enhance true birding trips. Craig will explain ways of increasing the possibility of finding new birds, while Dale will show her photos of some of those “bonus birds” that they found while on otherwise-oriented trips to Manhattan, Colorado, Utah, Belize, Costa Rica, Paris, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, and more.

Dale Provost has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. The majority of her career as a Psychologist was spent serving Veterans at the Little Rock VA. She retired last year. Dale became addicted to birding in 1995 on a trip to Beaumont, TX, when they spent a day at High Island during migration. Craig learned to love birds from his mother, becoming interested in them at a young age. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. They met and married in Denton, TX. Craig served Veterans for over 30 years and retired last year. They have two children who love to travel and who have invited them on many trips. They’ve traveled throughout the US, and in Europe, Africa, and Central America, primarily on family vacations, but have managed to include birding in all of their trips.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.