Connecting People with Nature
Photo: Ben Meadors
Connecting People to nature
I love December. It’s the one time when I know that I’ll get to sit back and take stock of all the things we have accomplished this year. And once again, we’ve had a big year at Audubon. I cannot thank you enough for your support and encouragement in 2017. Thanks to you and the hard work of our staff, we have once again restored habitat, educated thousands of young people, and made progress on increasing renewable energy in Arkansas.
As we all settle in to enjoy our families and friends over the next few weeks, I hope you also have time to reflect on the role you played in helping secure better bird habitat. Did you introduce some bird-friendly plants to your yard? Or maybe help with a trash cleanup in your community? Maybe you took time to contact government officials regarding energy policy. Or maybe you attended a chapter meeting and shared your love for birds.
Whatever you did, I hope you know that any action you took on behalf of birds mattered. It all adds up, and working together is the only way we will ever see the progress we want.
It is my sincere hope that you have time to enjoy the holiday season and ring in a new year. Get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Because we’re going to need your help – and that of your friends and neighbors – if we want to accomplish even more in 2018.
Floatable trash isn't the only junk found along Fourche Creek. Non-native, invasive plant species such as Chinese Privet, Chinese Tallow Tree, Red-tipped Photina, and Japanese Honeysuckle line the creek and dominate the forest understory in many places. To start restoring the health of Fourche Bottoms Audubon Arkansas is using mechanical and chemical control of invasive plants at two public access points. Between Benny Craig Park and Interstate Park we are clearing 4,000 linear feet of Fourche Creek streambank plus about 12 acres of adjacent parkland with help from the City of Little Rock and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists.