Last Updated June 5, 2017

                GCAS SPRING 2017 MEETINGS

April 13, 2017--The Ouachita Trail--Bo Lea


This presentation will focus on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.  It is the longest backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest.  The trail's western end is at Talimena State Park in southeastern Oklahoma, and the eastern end is at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in the small community of Natural Steps in central Arkansas. The western 192 miles (309 km) lie within the Ouachita National Forest; the remaining 31 miles (50 km), maintained by Pinnacle Mountain State Park, traverse lands owned by timber companies and Central Arkansas Water.


 “Bo” Lea,  President of Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT),will be our speaker. Bo is a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Southern Arkansas University.  After a 32-year career, he is retired from Entergy Arkansas as Hot Springs District Customer Service Manager.   He has served on the Boards of numerous organizations in Garland County.  This included charter member of the Village Rotary Club, serving as its third president and being a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has also served on the Board of the Village Chamber of Commerce.  He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Hot Springs


FoOT is a 501C3 non-profit 280 member organization whose mission is the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.  The Ouachita Trail extends 224 miles from Talihina, Oklahoma to Little, Rock Arkansas.   Bo has thru hiked the OT twice since retiring.


May 11, 2017--Birding Around the Southern Cone of South America--Cindy Franklin


In February & March 2016 Bill & Cindy Franklin spent 24 days in southern Argentina and Chile on a Wings tour sampling a variety of habitats from Iguazu Falls in northeastern Argentina to Ushuaia in Terra del Fuego to the high Andes east of Santiago, Chile.  They traveled approximately 6,000 miles by air, land, and sea from Buenos Aires to Valpraiso, Chile.  This presentation provides a brief overview of each area they visited and general observations about land & sea birds and animals.


Cindy Franklin has had a lifelong interest in gardening and bird watching that began when she was growing up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania.  She and her husband, Bill, are members of the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas and the Arkansas Audubon Society. Cindy maintains a pollinator garden in her yard as well as a seasonal hummingbird feeding station for the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.



June 8, 2017--Spring Potluck


Potluck venue: Entergy Park


Our spring potluck will be held this Thursday at Entergy Park pavilion off Carpenter Dam road on Lake Park Drive. If you go over the bridge, you have gone too far. Meet at 6:00 pm and eat shortly thereafter. Serviceware (plates, cups, silverware, napkins) will be provided. Bring your favorite summer dish to share with others. There is a nice trail to walk afterwards and do some bird watching. Marty Lynch, Secretary



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