In case you missed it…
A Misunderstood Arthropod
HSV Audubon kicked off the New Year with guest speaker
Park Interpreter from Ouachita State Park.
Jennifer spoke about scorpions, including their biology, interactions with humans, and their intriguing medical and scientific qualities.
Though they are never going to be called cute or cuddly, scorpions are quite unique.
The evolutionary history of scorpions goes back to the Silurian period 430 million years ago. They are unique in the animal world, in that they can survive by eating only one meal per year, can be frozen or submerged in water and survive.
They are found on every continent except Antartica and can live in a wide range of environments, including deserts, grasslands and rain forests. While we think of their venom as toxic, scorpions are used in both Eastern and Western medicine.
Relatively new to Arkansas State Parks, she has worked as an interpreter in Texas and Louisiana state parks as well as national parks for over 7 years. While not working in parks, Jennifer enjoys visiting the many great national and state parks around the country.