Thursday, April 24, 2008

Geese and goslings make do with slim rations on Aspen Ridge detention to avoid crowd at baseball games.

Please enlarge photo of geese and four goslings on Aspen Ridge/Hill Place detention pond on Aprile 23, 2008..

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Wise Words About Where We Live!
EARTH DAY is April 22. Our favorite columnist, Scott Shalaway, says that over the years, he has occasionally commemorated the event by quoting writers, philosophers and scientists who inspire love and respect for the planet. He does this to provoke thought and because words used wisely can change the world. We thought you might enjoy reading and saving some of them for future reflection:

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed." -- Gandhi

"Humanity must stop behaving like a Gengis Khan of the solar system and think of itself ... as nature's co-pilot." -- Edgar Morin, French sociologist

"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." -- Edward Abbey

"Live simply so that others may simply live." -- Ghandi

"Look deeply into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

"Go outside!" -- Eriks Janelsins

"Away from nature, Man's heart becomes hard." "Lack of respect for growing, living things leads to lack of respect for humans, as well." -- Lakota sayings

"I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own." -- Andy Warhol

"The idea of wilderness needs no defenses, it only needs more defenders." -- Edward Abbey

"After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on, and have found that none of these finally satisfies, what remains? Nature remains." -- Walt Whitman.

We hope that your Earth Day was both meaningful and worthwhile!

Tom Patrick
WindStar Wildlife Institute

Friday, April 18, 2008

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Please click on image to enlarge aerial photo of World Peace Wetland Prairie

Cottontail rabbit on World Peace Wetland Prairie


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Monarchs sailing northeast Tuesday and some pause for nectar on World Peace Wetland Prairie in time for Earth Day celebration Sunday afternoon

2007 photos from World Peace Wetland Prairie and 2008 Earth Day announcement

Please click on image to ENLARGE photo of monarch butterfly feeding on dandelion.

I saw my first yellow swallowtail butterfly for the year on about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday. Spring has sprung!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

If you don't have room to plant an oak, you can get some free ones April 19 to plant on some public areas that recently were stripped of vegetation

Call the Sierra Club at 479-530-8328 to get free oak trees or volunteer on Saturday April 19.

Please click on images to enlarge photo above of Scull Creek Trail viewed from south of Maple Street and photo below of Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River west of the Ladyback Soccer Field. Obviously, whoever decided to remove all the vegetation with excellent bird-nesting habitat and great importance in the effort to decrease the load of silt pouring off the campus into the Town Branch didn't get this memo:
University of Arkansas Sustainability plan

Similarly, the city trail plan didn't consider the city's sustainability effort in removing the big shade trees along the Scull Creek trail corridor. It seems that emphasizing the idea that the trails are only a part of the transportation system fails to take into account the environmental damage of construction or routing and fails to provide consideration of natural resources. Instead of offering a shady, natural setting with wildlife and wildflowers and relief from the urban environment's overwhelming streetscape, poorly planned trails simply add hot space to the city.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Please volunteer April 19 to help give away oak trees in Fayetteville and Rogers

From Dina Nash of the Arkansas Sierra Club:
The Arkansas Forestry Commission asked if the Sierra Club would like to do a tree give-away project: They have 50,000 extra 3-foot-tall oak trees (Willow oaks, Water oaks, Shumard oaks, and Pin oaks) and they'd like to give them away.  I said yes, and we very much need your members to volunteer some hours to help take these little trees out of the paper bundle of 100 trees, put 1 or 2 in a bag, tape the top of the bag with masking tape, and give them to people who will promise to water them once or twice a week for several months so they will get a good start.

So if you have 3 or more hours to help give away trees to help global warming, please email or call me ASAP, so I can plan who'll be there to take care of the give-away table:

    Location:  Wal-Mart on Mall Drive at Joyce Street, a block west of College.
                   Near the Garden Center
                   10 AM-4 PM  (3 hour shifts, 10-1 and 1-4, or the whole 6 hours)
                   Three people per shift, some bagging, some taping, and some
                     handing out trees and putting the planting info sheet with them

                   An easy way to green up some bare places you may know of, too.
                   Take some home to your yard, church, school, or farm!  Give some
                   to neighbors who lost a tree in a storm, etc.
There are also openings at the Rogers Wal-Mart on Walnut Street on the l9th!!
Thanks so much for making this a success: please call me at 530-8328 My cell phone is in the 479 area code so Fayetteville friends don't need to make a long-distance call to reach me in Little Rock.  Or you can email me at .

Dina Nash, Vice Pres. Central AR Sierra Club
Little Rock

If you can't reach Dina, you may call Aubrey Shepherd at 479-444-6072 for information. You need not be a Sierra Club member to participate.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Keep the Water Where It Falls — Earth Day at World Peace Wetland Prairie from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday April 20

PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGE to ENLARGE photo of Lonicera sempervirens, the native trumpet honeysuckle about to bloom April 9, 2008, on World Peace Wetland Prairie.

Fayetteville's Town Branch Neighborhood and the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology have announced that the Fourth Earth Day Celebration since the Founding of World Peace Wetland Prairie, a city-owned nature park and natural rain garden in south Fayetteville, is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Nature walks will be led by local biologists and nature enthusiasts, highlighting Arkansas native plants and describing the value of natural wetland and its function for stormwater abatement and cleansing in an urban environment.
Information from founding organizations and area environmental groups will be offered as well as an opportunity to participate in planting trees, native grass and flowering plants and in helping remove Japanese honeysuckle, fescue and other non-native invasive species. Some small trees and possibly some flowering plants will be available for adoption.
Musicians and poets are invited to perform with acoustic instruments; and environmentally friendly songs and poems are especially welcome. Activities suitable for small children will be offered.
Bird-watchers are encouraged to come at dawn or stay until dark. Bring a camera or video recorder. Nice photo opportunities are likely.
The theme for 2008 is "Keep the Water Where it Falls, Maintain the Habitat."
Updated information on plans for Earth Day activities at 1121 South Duncan Avenue in Fayetteville may be found at
Links to photo albums and slide shows on WPWP flora and fauna may be found at
Remember: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday April 20, 2008