Current Events - 2013
June 13, 2013 – Birding on the Fly
Speakers: Dale and Craig Provost
All of us have gone on bird-focused trips, whether an ASCA field trip to a nearby park, or a multi-week trip to another country. But sometimes we go on trips across the state or across the world that are not focused on birding. Craig and Dale will discuss ways to work in birding on those non-birding trips, and to optimize finding special species you want, whether you are on a business trip or a family vacation (with non-birders). Of course, these techniques will also enhance true birding trips. Craig will explain ways of increasing the possibility of finding new birds, while Dale will show her photos of some of those "bonus birds" that they found while on otherwise-oriented trips to Manhattan, Colorado, Utah, Belize, Costa Rica, Paris, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, and more.
Dale Provost has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. The majority of her career as a Psychologist was spent serving Veterans at the Little Rock VA. She retired last year. Dale became addicted to birding in 1995 on a trip to Beaumont, TX, when they spent a day at High Island during migration. Craig learned to love birds from his mother, becoming interested in them at a young age. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of North Texas. They met and married in Denton, TX. Craig served Veterans for over 30 years and retired last year. They have two children who love to travel and who have invited them on many trips. They’ve traveled throughout the US, and in Europe, Africa, and Central America, primarily on family vacations, but have managed to include birding in all of their trips.
Mt. Magazine State Park
Join members of ASCA and Park Interpreter Don Simons for a “Bird and Butterfly Ramble” on top of Mt. Magazine to enjoy birds, butterflies, and wildflowers. Rufuous-crowned Sparrows, warblers, buntings, tanagers, swallowtails, fritillaries, and others are likely to be found. Arkansas’s premier butterfly expert and author Lori Spencer is assisting the group late in the morning.
Those in the Little Rock area, meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west Little Rock Wal Mart parking lot (northwest corner) on Hwy. 10. We’ll caravan Hwy. 10 to Havana, then take Hwy. 309 up the mountain. We should arrive at the Visitor Center around 9:00 a.m. for anyone who would like to meet us there. We’ll walk some unpaved trails, so wear sturdy shoes. Bring water, snacks, and lunch, or eat in the Lodge restaurant. We’ll get back to Little Rock mid-afternoon. Go to www.mountmagazinestatepark.com for more information about the park.
Rare Bird Report
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To view photos of rare birds reported in the last year
The mission of the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas is to encourage
programs and activities supporting all things natural, wild, and free,
especially birds, bird habitat stability and improvement, as well as to
promote fellowship among members, educate and inspire the public, and
champion the highest standards of ethical outdoor conduct.
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April 6, 2013