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                       Program Schedule:  2013

 Meetings are held at the Fletcher Branch Library at 823 N. Buchanan St

in Little Rock at 7 p.m.



January 10, 2013 – Annual Business Meeting


ASCA can exist only with active participation by its members, so here is your opportunity to provide input into activities for 2013 and help start the New Year off right for our organization! 


All members are urged to attend our annual business meeting at 7 p.m. at our regular meeting location. Passing the budget is the biggest item on the agenda; have your say about how your membership dollars are spent.


Due to the number of topics that need to be covered, there will not be a program or guest speaker at this meeting.




February 14, 2013 – For the Love of Birds


Guest Speaker:  YOU!


With the coincidence of our meeting and Valentine’s Day we’re going to try something different for our February program. This month, you, our bird-loving members, will share with us why you love birds. You can say what birds mean to you, how you got into birding, or tell any heart-warming birdy story. Keep it short and sweet – one to five minutes. Prepare a talk or be extemporaneous. No fancy slideshow needed.


If interested contact Dan Scheiman at by February 11 to get on the lineup. Don’t be shy; we’re a bird-friendly audience.



March 14, 2013 – Beating the Heat With Cool Birds During the Month of June in Southeastern Arizona

Speakers: Edie Calaway and Kelly Chitwood

Arkansas birders/photographers Edie Calaway and Kelly Chitwood saw cool birds at hotspots in southeastern Arizona during June 2012. From Madera Canyon to Mount Lemmon they saw specialties such as Red-faced Warbler, Elegant Trogon, and Broad-billed Hummingbird. Attend this program and be inspired to plan your own trip to Arizona.

Edie Calaway lives in Little Rock with her husband and son, who is currently at the University of Fayetteville, and her two rescue dogs. Edie is a part-time physical therapist at Arkansas Specialty Orthopedics clinics. She is currently on the board of ASCA.

Kelly Chitwood lives in El Dorado with her husband, daughter and four rescued pets. She serves as editor for "Arkansas Birds" for Arkansas Audubon Society. She is employed by MultiMedia Graphics, Inc. as a senior graphic artist and IT. Her photographs have been nationally publicized by Audubon, Cornell, Birds and Blooms, as well as Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and Arkansas State Parks.


April 11, 2013 – Woolsey Wet Prairie

Speaker: Bruce Shackleford

Woolsey Wet Prairie is an excellent birding site for numerous wetland   and open country birds. Its growing list includes: Least Bittern, Shorteared Owl, Sedge Wren, Spotted Towhee, Nelson’s Sparrow, and even extreme rarities - Cassin's Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, and Northern Shrike. It began as a wetland mitigation site constructed to offset wetlands lost from construction of the City of Fayetteville's West Side  Wastewater Treatment Facility. Bruce Shackleford, co-designer of the restoration, will describe how he turned a fescue pasture into a tallgrass prairie and a birding hotspot.

Bruce Shackleford is president and principal project director of Environmental Consulting Operations, Inc., of Benton, Arkansas. He has over 30 years of experience as an environmental professional with expertise in NPDES and Section 404 permitting, endangered species, wetland delineations and mitigation, ecological restoration, bioassay/toxicity reduction evaluation consulting, storm water Best Management Practices, environmental site assessments, NEPA regulations, and aquatic biological assessments. He has served as the environmental consultant for the City of Fayetteville’s Wastewater system Improvements Project, and developed environmental regulatory compliance programs for multiple construction contracts.

May  ASCA does not hold a meeting in May. Alternative - Arkansas Audubon Meeting at Conway on May3-5. Go for details.