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Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Bill Toland   
Recently Richard Lawrence, Frank, Meeks, John Shifflitt, Frank Otto, Bert Turner, Larry Stobaugh, Gary Perkins ( he and Larry built these beauties), Paul Reynolds, Basil Hicks, and Bill Toland installed twenty six nesting and roosting boxes for Bluebirds, Raccoons, Wood Ducks, Song birds, Barred and Screech owls, and Butterflies at the Burns Park Wildlife Observation areas.
NLR Parks through a grant with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission furnished the cedar planks and Gary Perkins along with his apprentice Larry Stobaugh built the boxes. The rest of the team installed them in areas that could be viewed from observation points that are part of the Wildlife Observation Area.
Soon to be added is a disabled accessible canoe launch for the water trail and observation platforms along the natural surface trail. We hope to plant some native wildflowers and other native perennials in appropriate spots in the area. A recent prescribed burn led by Burn Boss Bert Turner prepped the area for planting.  Earlier hundreds of invasive cedars were removed by our chain sawyers.
One day this will be another place where nature hikes and programs will be staged  and led by CAMN!

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:45
CAMN Naturalists in Training visit Blanchard Springs Caverns Print
Central Arkansas Master Naturalists
Written by Sharon Fergusson   


Since the weather was chilly, March first was a great day to be underground, so that’s where members of CAMN went.This year’s class of future Naturalists met that morning for a tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. Afterwards our president/resident geologist, Darcia Routh led an exploration of the area around Blanchard SpringsDarcia discussed major geological features and the karst topography that allows the formation of caves and sinkholes throughout much of the Ozark Plateau. There was also a bit of roadside fossil hunting in a couple of different locations on the way home. This year’s Earth Science trainees first experienced some sandstone features on Petit Jean Mountain in the Arkansas Valley Province and are now familiar with the type of limestone bluffs that abound in northern Arkansas. This lively group was eager to learn and gathered a lot of good information during this field trip.

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:43

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