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Big Win in the Fight for Improved Renewable Energy Policy
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Big Win in the Fight for Improved Renewable Energy Policy

Audubon Arkansas Plays Key Role in Advancing Solar Policy

Audubon Arkansas 2016 Wrap Up

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This project has a conservation impact on 1.8 million acres of land and improved outcomes for four priority bird species.

As we move into the Holiday Season, it's a good time to reflect on this year's accomplishments. I am proud of the work Audubon Arkansas has accomplished in 2016. 

  • 1,000s of visitors, both young and old, have come to the Little Rock Audubon Center.
  • 20 tons of trash and tires have been cleaned out of Fourche Creek.
  • 100s of pounds of native grass and forb seed has been harvested from Arkansas prairies that will bring back Eastern Meadowlark and Northern Bobwhite  to our state.
  • We will save more money and use less fossil fuel thanks to the work that has been accomplished in energy efficiency

Despite the headwinds we now face, we are resolved to make sure that 2017 is even better. If you are willing to stand with us and make sure that we protect and preserve the Natural State, please consider closing out this year with a donation. You can DONATE HERE

Happy Holidays!
 
Brett Kincaid
Executive Director/VP
Audubon Arkansas
 

Volunteers Help Seed the Future of Arkansas's Prairies

Volunteers and staff on Downs Prairie Natural Area. Photo: Audubon Arkansas

Audubon Arkansas's NATIVE Project got off to a great start last fall. During eight events in October and November, 43 volunteers put in a collective 174 hours alongside staff from Audubon Arkansas and project partners Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and Ozark Ecological Restoration Inc. We hand-harvested 168 pounds of uncleaned native grass and wildflower seeds from eight remnant prairies in four prairie regions across the state. The seeds will be used to start production plots on farms in each region in an effort to efficiently and exponentially increase the supply of seeds needed for prairie restoration. Ultimately this will benefit pollinators, songbirds, and game species like the Northern Bobwhite.

Three species of native prairie grasses and 14 species of wildflowers were collected. By far the most bulk seed collected, 62 lbs., was from Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), a dominant prairie grass species. Among the forbs, Prairie Blazingstar (Liatris pycnostachya) and Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) also provided a bounty at 28 and 24 lbs., respectively. Other targeted species included Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Rattlesnake-master (Eryngium yuccifolium),  and Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium). The seeds are currently being cleaned by Roundstone Native Seed Company. The flowers will be germinated so plugs can be planted, which is an efficient use of the relatively small amount of seed collected for many species.

Currently, Audubon is recruiting new farmers for the project, and assisting current native plant producers with expanding their acreage.

We will schedule more volunteer seed collection days in the coming months to add species that bloom earlier in the year. Stay tuned for event announcements.

Downs Prairie Natural Area Photo: Audubon Arkansas
A volunteer collects seed from Downs Prairie Natural Area. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
A volunteer collects seed from Downs Prairie Natural Area. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission is a project partner. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
A volunteer helps collect seeds from Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Bags of seed collected from remnant prairie at Stuttgart Airport. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Ironweed seed from a morning of collecting at Roth Prairie Natural Area is spread out to dry. Photo: Audubon Arkansas
Blazingstar from Stuttgart Airport is spread out to dry. Photo: Audubon Arkansas

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This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award numbers 69-3A75-17-22 and 59-2501-16-025, respectively. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not  necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Discovery Day Wrap Up Report & Photos
Fourche Creek

Fourche Creek Discovery Day Results

Thanks to all our Friends of Fourche Creek.

Fourche Creek Discovery Day
Fourche Creek

Fourche Creek Discovery Day

— Not just another cleanup
USDA Invests in Audubon Arkansas’s Work with Minority Farmers
Working Lands

USDA 2501 Grant

— Audubon Arkansas awarded a USDA grant to put working lands to work for birds and people.
Jewelry Designer Partners with Audubon Arkansas to Support Bird Conservation
Little Rock Audubon Center

This necklace is for the birds

— #savetheswift for Audubon Arkansas
USDA Invests in Audubon Arkansas’s Farm Conservation Work
Working Lands

Conservation Innovation Grant

— Audubon Arkansas was awarded a USDA Conservation Innovation Grant
Buffalo National River Designated Important Bird Area
Important Bird Areas

Buffalo National River Important Bird Area

— Buffalo National River Designated Important Bird Area
Drain Smart 2016 People's Choice Awards Announced
Fourche Creek

2016 Drain Smart Award Winners

— The Drain Smart Committee announced the winners of second annual People’s Choice awards.

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