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.
First and foremost, thank you for being an Audubon supporter. Whether with your time, your treasure, or both, you help Audubon as we strive to be the most effective conservation network in America. Our Arkansas team has been hard at work over the summer. We have harvested and planted acres of native grasses and flowers in an effort to draw more and more Northern Bobwhite back to the Grand Prairie. At the Little Rock Audubon center we hosted dozens of school kids every day over the summer, and now we get to see them after school each day. We also been hosting chimney swifts this fall as they begin their migration. And we have continued the fight to bring more solar energy to Arkansas, reducing air pollution that puts all birds at risk.
This fall promises even more activity at the LR Audubon Center and around the state. We hope you will take time to stop by and say hello at the Center, explore our Wildlife Observation Trail, and enjoy the Arkansas fall weather (whenever it decides to arrive). Please continue to check our website and stay up-to-date with all our activities as an email subscriber. We want to let you know what we’re up to and how we can work together to make Arkansas a place where birds and people can thrive together.
If you would like to make a financial gift to Audubon Arkansas or to volunteer your time, please contact us through the website or by calling (501) 244-2229. Our team would love to hear from you.
The next step in Audubon's NATIVE Project is under way in eastern Arkansas. Audubon Arkansas and project partners Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Roundstone Native Seed Company are assisting farmers with establishing production plots of pollinator-friendly forbs such as Compassplant, Prairie Blazingstar, and Missouri Ironweed. The first ten acres are being planted across four farms in Jefferson and Arkansas Counties.
Last fall volunteers helped Audubon and Natural Heritage hand-collect seeds from remnants of the Grand Prairie. Roundstone germinated those seeds into plugs and brought the plugs and their plug planter to Arkansas this summer. Before the plugs go in, Audubon works with the farmers to install sheets of plastic ("plastic mulch") and irrigation hoses ("drip tape") to efficienty suppress weeds and water the plants.
When these plants mature they will produce seeds of their own, which together with the grass seed from farmers' production plots will be used for prairie restoration. In this way farmers are growing an environmentally friendly, climate-change resistent cash crop that will benefit pollinators, songbirds, and game species like the Northern Bobwhite.
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