March 3, 2014 – Monday at 7:00 PM, AETN is airing a program titled “Champion Trees”. Featured in the documentary are champion trees from throughout Arkansas, from Fayetteville to Helena and many points in between. Also featured is Hot Springs artist Linda Palmer who has spent years photographing and drawing these trees. It is an original documentary which had a limited debut showing at the Clinton School in Little Rock two weeks ago and includes a brief but poignant sound bite by our own ANPS tree specialist Eric Sundell. More information is available at http://www.aetn.org/championtrees, where there is a short video, a biography of Linda Palmer, and a photo gallery of the trees featured in the documentary.
March 8, 2014 – Arkansas Native Plant Society will have a table at the Conway Home Expo held at the Conway Expo Center and Fairgrounds, Conway AR. On April 8th, at 11 am, President Betty Owen will be speaking on “One Gardener’s Journey with Arkansas Native Plants On a Dry, Rocky, Mostly Shade Hilltop.” For more information .
April 26-27, 2014 – Herbs and Botanicals Weekend - for more information http://www.fireomearth.com/workshop_events.htm#foster
May 17, 2014 – The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission will be hosting a volunteer event at Warren Prairie Natural Area on Saturday, May 17th. For more information go to http://www.naturalheritage.com/news-events/whats-new/volunteers-needed/default.aspx.
ARKANSAS AUDUBON SOCIETY’S HALBERG ECOLOGY CAMP. Is there an 11 or 12 year old in your life who might enjoy hands-on, outdoor study of birds, bugs, snakes, mammals, plants, and rocks? If so, please remember that every summer AAS offers two one-week, sleepover ecology camps at Camp Clearfork in the Ouachita Mountains west of Hot Springs. This year’s dates are: June 8-13 and June 15-20. Read all about it at arbirds.org or contact Executive Director Liz Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-663-9380. 2014 marks our 35th year to offer the camp!
August 9, 2014 USDA Plant Research Center at Booneville is offering a Pollinator Workshop on August 9th. Click here for pdf with more information Pollinator_WorkShop_Aug_9_14
ARKANSAS AUDUBON SOCIETY’S ADULT NATURAL HISTORY WORKSHOPS. Mark your calendars for a weekend (Saturday-Sunday) workshop at beautiful Ferncliff Camp in Ferndale, just west of Little Rock. Two of the 2013 workshops will be back by popular demand: Arkansas Mammals with Renn Tumlinson and Native Tree ID with Eric Sundell. Two new workshops on landscaping with native plants and Arkansas butterflies are full, however you can sign on to the waiting list and keep your fingers crossed. Registration started April 1st; meanwhile, save the date: September 20-21, 2014. More info at arbirds.org or contact Barry Haas at email@example.com or 501-821-4097.
BISON, BIRDS & BOTANY 2014 Sept 26-27, 2014
Mark your calendars, birding friends, for y’ll are hereby invited to an INFORMAL* birding-natural history “conference,” Bison, Birds & Botany (BBB) centered at The Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oklahoma, Friday-Saturday, September 26-27, 2014 (maybe even startingSeptember 25). We will informally* – and I do mean informally* — and with little fanfare and no fund raising — observe and enjoy free-ranging bison, typical birds of the Flinthills prairies and associated crosstimbers woodlands, and the remarkably diverse native flora there. We will also check out all the other stuff, like fossils, Eastern Collared-Lizards, Ornate Box Turtles, and anything else encountered.
These dates coincide with another BBB: Bikes, Blues & Barbecue, the rally of 400,000 folks that turns Fayetteville into a ROARING, RUMBLING, NON-STOP, sometimes drunken, chaotic national playground for those who have a special interest in motorcycles and riding back-and-forth on College Avenue or riding incessant, low-flying helicopters over otherwise private neighborhoods. Noise and congestion has become so extreme Fayetteville is uninhabitable UNLESS you are deaf, or live a long ways out of town in a special out of the way gated community, or are actually making a lot of money off the rally, which is after all is the point of dumping 400,000 onto a city of 75,000, or perhaps you are fishing for some lost souls to bring to Jesus and are here at lake full of fish.
I’m not at all opposed to folks having fun, drinking, or saving souls, so I’m leaving the town to them, and as they say, “gone to a better place,” a couple of delicious, motorcycle rally-free days on the prairie.
I’ll probably be spending a couple of nights at the Super 8 in Bartlesville, which I can almost afford since I have already been booted out of my home in Fayetteville. The motel is not fancy but clean, and about 20 miles from Tallgrass. Other motels nearby for other pocketbooks. Or maybe if Ed McMahon shows up with that $1 million check I’ll go for the best.
If you are interested, there are no “fees,” no “registration,” no “donation to charity” and nothing whatsoever official about this BBB. No college credit will be given. No sales taxes will be collected. You don’t need to contact me. However, I will be glad to provide information to anyone interested. We can meet up over there where the grass is tall, where the lizards are big and colorful, where the bison are crossing the road or head butting out in the fields, or maybe an interesting hawk never seen before in this universe is gliding over the grass, or some rare Flinthills flower like Eryngiumn has opened just for us, poor refugees from The World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rally, Ever.