Bald Knob, White Co.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock on the east side of the Other Center parking lot below McDonald’s. The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall. Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167. We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there. Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road. This federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area. Expect to see shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills. It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved.
There is no bathroom on-site. There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55. Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge. GPS: 35.260233, -91.571903
Charles Allen, Engagement Director, Audubon Delta
Coastal Louisiana has been experiencing a land-loss crisis for nearly a century. We’ve lost almost 2,000 square miles of coastal wetlands since 1932. There are many causes of this land loss, some are natural processes we would expect to see in inactive deltas, much of the loss is the result of, or at least exacerbated by, human activity. He will share how Louisiana is charting a path toward large-scale ecosystem restoration with a restoration plan and process that is updated and approved by our state government every 6 years at a cost well over $150 billion.
Charles Allen is the Engagement Director for Audubon Delta. He focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion by working to enhance Audubon’s reach to underrepresented communities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He is also a devoted member and minister of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, which is located in the Lower 9th ward community of New Orleans. He is also a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where until recently he served as President of Rho Phi Graduate Chapter of the fraternity in New Orleans. Finally, he is a native of New Orleans where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and his Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
7PM via Zoom