HSV Audubon Society was granted 501(c)(3) status effective January 1999. The organization was formed for the following purposes:
- To foster a scientific knowledge and understanding of the ecology and natural history of the flora and fauna of the Village and surrounding area;
- To assist, where possible, in supporting or in stimulating interest or measures aimed at conserving natural resources and the protection of wildlife;
- To engage in educational, scientific, literary, historical, or philanthropic pursuits as are compatible with the stated purposes of the Society
Furthermore, HSV Audubon Society dedicates all its activity income to educational, ecological, and conservation purposes. Proceeds come from various sales (Bird Seed, Bird House, Bird Feeder,
HSV Bird Checklist, etc.), classes, and membership dues.
HSV Audubon provides scholarships to fifth and sixth grade students at Fountain Lake, Jessieville, and Mountain Pine to attend the Arkansas Audubon Society Halberg Ecology Camp. Each of the
week-long programs offers campers a hands-on opportunity to study the natural environment under the direction of experienced Arkansas educators. The staff includes high school teachers, college
professors, and state park ecologists. Field studies include ornithology, mammalogy, entomology, herpetology, aquatic biology, botany, and geology. Evening programs feature slide shows, videos, and
talks by naturalists. For more information and an application for the Halberg Ecology Camp, see the Arkansas Audubon
Education - School Outreach
HSV Audubon offers fourth grade teachers at Fountain Lake, Jessieville, and Mountain Pine schools their choice of supplemental resource materials. These
educational aids include 24” x 36” full color nature posters, a 65-page full color bird ID booklet for each student, or Audubon Adventures, which provides a video tape, instruction guide,
and student handouts on various ecological subjects.
Education - Adult Workshops
A four-session birding workshop sponsored by the Village Audubon Society is held at the Coronado Center on the first
four Tuesday mornings in March. Each workshop begins at 8:30 and lasts until around 11:30. The workshops show more than how to identify birds, and they also discuss
bird field guides (books) and how to purchase and correctly adjust binoculars. There are also discussions about how to attract birds to your back yard using the right
bird foods and feeders. Each workshop will consist of both classroom and outdoor sessions.
Although attending all the workshops is certainly desirable, each is basically independent of the others, so information presented in any of the
workshops is beneficial whether or not all the other workshops are attended.
For more information about the workshops, contact the President of the Hot Springs Village Audubon Society or the
Education Chair of the Society as listed.