Meeting – March 12, 2020 – Fletcher Library 7 PM

Survival by Degrees

Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director, Audubon Arkansas

A new study from National Audubon Society scientists reveals climate change is the number one threat to birds. Using the latest climate science modeling with an expanded pool of bird data, Audubon shows that two-thirds of North American birds are more vulnerable than ever from rising temperatures and climate-related events like sea level rise, droughts, fires, and extreme weather. The good news is that our science also shows that if we take action now we can improve the chances for the majority of species at risk from climate change. Our birds are telling us that it¹s time to act now.

Dr. Dan “The Bird Man” Scheiman has a B.S. from Cornell University, M.S.

from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He and his coworkers at Audubon Arkansas monitor birds, restore wildlife habitat, and help Arkansans improve their local environments. He has been birding for over 25 years. Since moving to Arkansas in 2005 to work for Audubon he has seen 363 of the 422 bird species documented in the state.

Field Trip – Feb 15, 2020 – Two Rivers Park, Little Rock AR

Participate in the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by joining ASCA’s February field trip.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Two Rivers Park Bridge (also known as the “Little” Dam Bridge) at the start of the walking trail located at 4468 River Mountain Road at the southeast end of the Two Rivers Park peninsula.  We’ll scope the river from the parking lot and bridge, then walk the dirt and paved trails as far as people wish to go.  You can turn around at any point and head back to your vehicle.  After returning to our cars, we’ll drive to the west entrance of Two Rivers Park and walk the big field and horse trail.  Both areas have a diverse population of sparrows and provides a great opportunity to work on identifying those “little brown birds”.  Knee-high rubber boots are recommended because of copious sand burrs.  Bring water, snacks, and your scope if you have one.  We should finish around noon.  If any rare loons are being reported, we can continue on to Lake Maumelle.  Loons, mergansers, ducks, and grebes are easily found on the lake this time of year.  If you can’t join the field trip, participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own backyard and submitting your sightings to the GBBC website at birdcount.org.

Directions-take Exit 9 west off I-430 onto Cantrell Rd.  At the first stop light, turn right (north) onto River Mountain Road.  Go to the bottom of the hill then bear right to the main parking lot.  GPS coordinates are 34.797458, -92.383017.