In recognition of the support provided for the past ten years, Arkansas Master Naturalists presented Audubon with a statue recongizing Audubon as a Friend of Arkansas Master Naturalists. A ceremony was held at the Little Rock Audubon Center today, after which the Master Naturalists further showed their appreciation by helping Audubon improve their native plant landscaping.
Audubon Arkansas has supported the Arkansas Master Naturalists program since its inception. Each year Audubon's Bird Conservation Director, Dr. Dan Scheiman, teaches birding basics to Central Arkansas Master Naturalists in Training. The Master Naturalists' first annual Bioblitz was held with Audubon at Gillam Park in 2008, and then again in 2014. Many Master Naturalists have become citizen scientists for Audubon, volunteering their time to participate in Audubon's Christmas Bird Count and Great Backyard Bird Count.
In keeping with their history of helping Audubon with habitat improvements at the Little Rock Audubon Center, a contingent of 20, under the direction of Master Gardener and Audubon chapter member Jane Gulley, spent a morning alongside Audubon's staff beautifying the native plant landscaping around Audubon's Center, including weeding, planting, and mulching.