Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes

Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Minutes

Fletcher Library, Little Rock, AR

July 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m.


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Cindy Franklin.  Sixteen people were present.


The June Minutes were approved following a motion by Bill Shepherd and second by Jane Gulley.


Cindy presented the June treasurer’s report which showed income of $10.62 and expenses of $166.37.  The net deficit through June is $2,333.38.


Dan Scheiman mentioned upcoming speakers will be Rob Beadel of the Ark. Forestry Commission on “Citizen Science” August 9 and Paul Norris with the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance September 13.


A program on the “Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan” was presented by Allison Fowler with the Ark. Game & Fish Commission (AGFC) following her introduction by Dan.


After the program ended at 8:00, Cindy talked about the stakeholders meeting June 27 at AGFC on the unlimited commercial harvesting of aquatic turtles.  Dan announced Ellen Fennell, former director of Audubon Arkansas, would be inducted into the ??? (help me here, Dan).  He also announced that Tom Foti and Friends of Fourche Creek would be receiving awards at the Ark. Wildlife Federation’s annual banquet.  Finally, Dan announced that Brett Kincaid would be leaving Audubon Arkansas.


The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Barry Haas

Recording Secretary

Meeting: August 9, 2018 – Citizen Science

Rob Beadel, Director of Forestry Education, Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation

Citizen Science refers to projects in which members of the general public participate in the scientific process. From monitoring the migration of butterflies and songbirds to recording water quality data and even identifying new galaxies in space, citizen scientists are part of a large and growing network serving as eyes and ears in the field. Come learn about several different citizen science projects and ways you can contribute to scientific data collection and reporting.

Since 2008, Rob Beadel has been the Director of Forestry Education for the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation where he serves as the Arkansas Project Learning Tree (PLT) State Coordinator. He promotes sustainable forestry and environmental education in the state and across the country. Environmental education boards and workgroups he has served on include the North American Association for Environmental Education Affiliate Steering Committee, National PLT’s Education Operating Committee, and the Arkansas Environmental Education Association Board of Directors. Rob is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation. In 2015 he was recognized by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation as Conservation Educator of the Year.

Location: Fletcher Library at 7 PM.