Field Trip – DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Arkadelphia November 16

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the commuter lot at I-430/I-630 off Shackleford Road in Little Rock.  We’ll arrive around 8:45 a.m. at the park’s Lodge for anyone who would like to meet us there.  Our target birds will be eagles, ducks, mergansers, grebes, and gulls.  Bring scope, water, and snacks.

You can bring lunch or eat in the restaurant at the Lodge.  Dress warm, the lake can be windy and cold.

Address for the park is:  2027 State Park Entrance Road – Bismarck, Arkansas 71929.  GPS coordinates are 34.24562, -93.14840.  Go to for more information about the park.

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Meet at 7:30 AM
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November 14, 2013 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Adventures in Drip Irrigation: Maintaining a Patio Container Gardening During an Arkansas Summer

Speaker: Cindy Franklin Cindy’s front patio full of pollinator-friendly plants is a full-on demonstration of how to maintain an extensive container garden in an extreme location, i.e. a stone patio with full sun from morning to mid-afternoon. How does she keep it watered through the summer months without killing herself or her plants? She’ll cover the components of DIY drip irrigation.This will be a fun presentation for all of us who try to provide a bird, bee, and butterfly environment on our properties.

Cindy was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania. After becoming an RN, she and her husband moved to Arkansas in 1978. Within a year, Bill entered the Family Practice residency at UAMS and Cindy became a nurse practitioner at the Little Rock VA Hospital. She retired from the VA in January 2013 after a career as a geriatric advanced practice nurse in the home care program. In addition to birdwatching, she gardens. Currently she has ten drip lines and one sprinkler automatically watering 100+ containers and multiple raised beds around the yard.

Location: Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

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