Documentary by the Junco
The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is
a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire audiences
of all backgrounds. Chapters highlight past and present biological research on
one of the most common and abundant–yet amazing and diverse–groups of songbirds
in North America, the juncos. Each chapter explores key themes in
behavior, ecology, or evolution. This video will be screened at
the Little Rock Audubon Center, 4500 Springer Blvd.
Why the Junco? So often nature and science films focus on exotic organisms in far-off places. People should realize that exciting biology is happening every day in their own backyards. Despite the fact that they are abundant and common across much of North America, birds of the genus Junco also exhibit stunning diversity in feather color, body shape and size, and behaviors among the various species, subspecies, and races across their range. Juncos are truly ordinary yet extraordinary birds!
Meeting will be at the Audubon Center at 7 PM.
Mayflower, Faulkner Co.
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the South (boardwalk) entrance into the Bell Slough
Wildlife Management Area (WMA) off Hwy. 365.
Bell Slough is a mix of ecosystems consisting of 2,040 acres of
woodlands and wetlands situated between Little Rock and Mayflower/Falkner Co.
With extended spring flooding bringing in fresh nutrients to the moist
soil units and recent work completed by AGFC with disking and planting a supplemental
cover crop, the units will provide an attractive waterfowl feeding area for the
fall and winter.
There are 117 species of birds documented for the WMA, including the
waterfowl resting habitat. Our target
birds will be migrating ducks, Sora and American Bittern, wading birds such as egrets
and herons, and also wintering passerines. The Kenny Vernon Nature Trail winds through
the wooded area and consists of three connecting trails, ranging in length from
about a half-mile to 2 1/4 miles. There
is a nice mix wildflowers, which attracts numerous butterflies. Wear study walking shoes. Walking will be on unpaved, mostly level
paths. This will be a morning trip.
From Little Rock, go west on I-40.
Exit I-40 at Mayflower (Exit 135) and turn east (right) at the light
onto Hwy. 89. Then turn south (right)
just past the commuter parking lot onto the service road. Follow the service road paralleling I-40,
then veer right at the fork. Follow this
road until you cross the Palarm Creek bridge.
Turn left into the WMA parking lot.