Naturally Arkansas

We call Arkansas the Natural State, but what does that mean? In 2022, the Central Arkansas Library System will host a series of events discussing the nature of…well…nature in Arkansas. We’ll have programs exploring native wildlife, natural landscapes, local plants and seeds, and resource management. Join us each month in 2022 for this fun and informative series.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Central Arkansas

How does a recycling operation work? Why has Regional Recycling cut back on what it will accept? What happens to a plastic bottle that is recycled? What happens to people who don’t follow the recycling rules? What barriers must be surmounted for our society to become more sustainable?

What future job growth, and what kind of jobs,

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You and Nature at Night

Did you know there are four different types of light pollution? And that too much lighting at night isn’t good for either people or wildlife? Light pollution is a global problem, but there’s increasing awareness and a global movement to reduce it. Join Bruce McMath, Chair of the Arkansas Night Sky Association (ANSA), and host Lynn Foster for a discussion of what ANSA is doing and what you and your community can do to help.

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A Yard Full of Birds

Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Delta, will join us this month. He and host Lynn Foster will be discussing the type of habitat you need to plant to attract birds to your yard. So often discussions like this focus on feeder food, but plants themselves are so much better for the environment! Find out about other Audubon projects as well,

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The Wonderful World of Native Seeds

This month, we’ll be talking about seeds, which are essential to life on Earth. Ben Thesing, Natural Resource Specialist at Central Arkansas Water, and host Lynn Foster will be discussing the dispersion and germination of native seeds, and how to best handle them to grow native plants. Fun fact: Kentucky coffeetrees are rare today. One theory for this is that their seeds were intended to survive being digested by mastodons and giant sloths,

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Ask the Natural Gardeners

What are cultivars and natives, and should you buy them? Fall will be here soon. In a natural garden, what should you do (or not do) in your garden in autumn and winter? How should you get rid of English ivy, Bradford pears, and Japanese honeysuckle? Join natural gardeners Lynn Foster, Ben Thesing, and Kay Sanders for a discussion of these and more topics,

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All About Monarchs

Did you know that monarch butterflies winter in Mexico, and then fly as far north as Canada each year? Did you know that without milkweed plants there would be no monarch butterflies, and milkweeds are fast disappearing? Join Leslie Cooper, Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, Joe Ledvina, Botanist for the Arkansas Department of Transportation,

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Gardening for Bees

What do native bees need from us? Listen to Leslie Cooper, Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Coordinator with Quail Forever, and host Lynn Foster discuss what you can do in your yard to provide food and habitat for the many species of native bees in central Arkansas. Did you know that more than 90% of bee species are solitary?

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