HSV Audubon Society meetings are held the second Friday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Coronado Center. Instead of the usual morning meeting, in July we honor the Ecology campers and their
families with an evening potluck; there is no meeting in August.
December 13: Dr. Dan Scheiman will present "Birds of Ecuador".
Dr. Dan Scheiman's formative birding years and graduate research were supported by Audubon Chapters.“Now”, says Dan, "it is my turn to give back to the organization
that gave me so much."Dr. Scheiman manages multiple federal, state and private grants aimed at improving bird habitat, improving water quality, controlling invasive plants, and engaging the public in
conservation. Education is also a part of his mission through presentations, bird walks, articles, workshops, and radio and TV interviews. He received his B.S. from Cornell University,
M.S. from Eastern Illinois University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University, all with an emphasis on ornithology. He has worked for Audubon Arkansas since 2005 and has seen over 340 of 410
Arkansas's bird species. In Jan. 2013 Dr. Dan went on a bird watching adventure to South America on the equator to see "Birds of Ecuador". This country, located on the Western coast of
South America has a wonderful diversity of climates ranging from tropical to high mountains that extend up to 20,702 feet.
January 10: Luke Naylor will present "Migratory Waterfowl as they Relate to Arkansas Wetlands".
Luke Naylor is the Chief Waterfowl Biologist and Waterfowl Program Coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He received his MS in Ecology at UC Davis in
2002 with a thesis entitled, "Evaluating moist-soil seed production and management in Central Valley wetlands to determine habitat needs for waterfowl."
Luke's interest in waterfowl and wetlands started at a young age as he was introduced into the world of duck hunting in his home state of Kansas. His fascination
with waterfowl and their habitats, particularly wintering habitats, grew quickly into a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl and wetland management. To learn more about wintering habitat
management, Luke worked for 4 years with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks on the McPherson Valley Wetlands wildlife area. A summer at Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station in
Manitoba, Canada sparked an interest in wetland research. Luke went to UC Davis to pursue a Master’s degree that would combine his interests in waterfowl and wetland management and
February 14: Jerry Butler will present "Birds of Hawaii".
Mr. Butler is a bird watcher and photographer. He is a frequent contributor to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with bird pictures and articles about
birds. He lives in North Little Rock and an active member of the Arkansas Audubon. Butler is a well known speaker in the Arkansas area. He will present a slide show and talk
about the Birds of Hawaii with pictures of beautiful tropical birds.
March 14: David Saugey will present "Bats of Arkansas"
David Saugey, was a U.S. Forest Service district biologist stationed out of the Jessieville office in the Ouachita National Forest. Although a bat biologist
by training, David also has a keen interest in amphibians and reptiles. For example, he was instrumental in protecting several abandoned mine shafts in the Ouachita Mountains by having their
entrances gated and, in doing so, helped conserve these unique habitats for brooding salamanders as well as several bat species that utilize these mines.
David became a member of the Arkansas Academy of Science in 1986 and has supported the Academy in many different positions including President in 2007. Saugey
will present a slide program on the basic biology and beneficial qualities of bats. He will also talk about the effects of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease decimating bat populations,
particularly in the Northeast and recently discovered in an Arkansas Cave.