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.
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.
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