Last updated February 27, 2018
January 11, 2018--Report of HSNP Christmas Bird Count--Shelley Todd
February 8--ARDOT's Wildflower Programs & Pollinators and Roadsides: Managing Vegetation for Bees and Butterflies--Kayti Ewing
Wildflowers are now being used by the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDot) to help beautify the over 200,000 acres of highway roadsides it maintains. Kayti will talk about ARDOT's Wildflower Programs, discuss the recent federal policies that have been put in place to promote and develop pollinator habitat on roadsides, and the issues--both positive and negative--related to the actual implementation of pollinator habitat on roadsides.
Kayti Ewing is a botanist with ARDOT's Environment Division. At ARDOT, she oversees the Department's several Wildflower Programs, consults with USFWS regarding endangered and threatened plant species, and performs wetland and stream impact assessments in order to obtain the proper 404 permit. She was born and raised in Harrison, AR. She has a B.S.in Botany and an M.A. in Geography, both from the University of Oklahoma. For her thesis, she developed a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) for Oklahoma wetlands. An FQA is a tool used to evaluate and determine the quality (or degree of pristineness) of wetland habitats based on the vegetation present at a site.
March 8, 2018---Gardening for Birds--Loretta West & Marty Lynch
Master Gardeners Loretta and Marty will show how to attract birds through gardening. They will focus on some long-time favorites for attracting birds. This presentation will serve as an introduction to the class that will be offered for the public on April 11 at Garvan Woodland Gardens.