Last updated January 29, 2019
January 10, 2019--Birds Beyond Our Borders--Jerry Davis
This program will deal with birds, birding, and other wildlife enountered on Jerry's trips to Costa Rica in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He will be showing a sample of over 100 birds of the 900 birds that are found in Costa Rica. His trips are designed to connect birders with birds that can be seen beyond our borders, and they support ecotourism that provides an economic support for those that choose to retain birds and bird habitat. Costa Rica is one of the countries that sees the value of providing habitat and birds, with 20% of their country set up in biological reserves. The country is also progressive with their recycling program, which exceeds that of other nations, including the United States.
Jerry is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and retired Forest Wildlife Program Manager for the 1.8 million-acre Ouachita National Forest. He received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology (1967), and a Master of Forestry in Wildlife Habitat Management (1969) from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Jerry coordinates birding trips with Holbrook Travel. He selects the trip and the itinerary that he wishes to take. Trips consist of 12 birders with a leader and a guide. These trips have been successfully conducted since 2016. Trips planned for 2019 are full with another trip planned for April of 2020. The 2020 trip will consist of sites considered the best of the best of southern Costa Rica to provide exposure to the most biologically diverse habitat and species combinations. Trip costs are determined by the number of people and the trip destination. For more information, you can check the Holbrook website for Costa Rica and Cuba trips.
February 14--Short Videos --Ron Kew
The February program will include a few short birding/nature-related videos and a discussion of the topics in those videos.
Ron is a nature and environmental enthusiast and is also a local small business owner (Solutions Home Entertainment). He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, and master's degrees in business administration and financial planning.
March 14--Efforts to Update Arkansas' Solar Policies--Audrey Beedle
Audrey is the Lead Organizer with Green Corps and is currently working with Audubon Arkansas to pass a bill this legislative session that would update Arkansas' solar policies for the first time in 18 years. They are working to make solar more affordable and accessible by allowing for third-party ownership of solar. They have a bill to be introduced shortly and are working with coalition partners and allies to show widespread support for more solar energy in Arkansas.