November 14, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Adventures in Drip Irrigation: Maintaining a Patio Container Gardening During an Arkansas Summer

Speaker: Cindy Franklin Cindy’s front patio full of pollinator-friendly plants is a full-on demonstration of how to maintain an extensive container garden in an extreme location, i.e. a stone patio with full sun from morning to mid-afternoon. How does she keep it watered through the summer months without killing herself or her plants? She’ll cover the components of DIY drip irrigation.This will be a fun presentation for all of us who try to provide a bird, bee, and butterfly environment on our properties.

Cindy was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After becoming an RN, she and her husband moved to Arkansas in 1978. Within a year, Bill entered the Family Practice residency at UAMS and Cindy became a nurse practitioner at the Little Rock VA Hospital. She retired from the VA in January 2013 after a career as a geriatric advanced practice nurse in the home care program. In addition to birdwatching, she gardens. Currently she has ten drip lines and one sprinkler automatically watering 100+ containers and multiple raised beds around the yard.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

September 14, 2013 Bell SloughWMA Mayflower, AR

Twenty-four birders spent the morning exploring Bell Slough WMA hoping to find migrating fall warblers. The morning started out quite cool, but sunny.

We first skirted the edge of the large field that serves as a waterfowl resting area. The trees along the edge were in full sunlight and that is where we found a mixed flock foraging. Warblers seen were Blue-winged, Nashville, Pine, Black-and-white, three American Redstarts, two Northern Parulas, two Common Yellowthroats, plus two Summer Tanagers and a small flock of Cedar Waxwings.

Other good birds were five White-eyed Vireos, two Yellow-throated Vireos, a House Wren, and a Least Flycatcher. Out in the field were Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks, along with two Great Blue Herons, plus a Turkey Vulture and a Red-shouldered Hawk circling the area.

As we walked the trail to the photo blind, we heard and saw five Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, five Yellow-billed Cuckoos, two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, a FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet, six Carolina Wrens, and a Pileated Woodpecker.  On the trail to the quarry, we spotted more cuckoos and Black-and-white Warblers, plus two female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. We ended the lovely morning with a total of 35 species. –Karen Holliday