Out of Our Element, Costa Rica
Speaker: Don Simons and Lori Spencer
Costa Rica is a tropical wonderland for students of natural history. Around 25% of the country is protected natural areas. It is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.
Lori Spencer and Don Simons enjoyed a visit to Costa Rica in April. Spencer is the author of Arkansas Butterflies and Moths and The Diana Fritillary, Arkansas’s State Butterfly. Simons, an interpreter for Mount Magazine State Park, has been with Arkansas State Parks since 1981, and is a former president of the Arkansas Audubon Society. They will share images and lessons learned on their first trip to Central America.
Location: Fletcher Library. Time: 7 PM.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the commuter lot at I-430/630 off Shackleford Road in Little Rock. We should arrive around 10:00 a.m. at the observation deck overlooking the lake at Beard’s Bluff Park for those who would like to meet us there. Our target birds will be herons, egrets, ibises, terns, gulls (maybe Sabine’s), and late migrants. An alligator sighting is also possible and butterflies should still be plentiful. Bring scope, water, snacks, and lunch. There are snacks and drinks at the marina. Very little walking will be involved. Drive time to Millwood Lake is three hours each way. This will be an all-day trip.
Millwood Lake is in the southwest corner of the state, north of Texarkana. Beard’s Bluff Park is approximately 5 miles west of Saratoga on Hwy. 32.