Date: 1/7/18 2:50 pm
From: George R. Hoelzeman <vogel...>
Subject: Re: LOST BRIDGE SOUTH PARK, BEAVER LAKE, AND A MEDITATION
well and rightly said!  Thanks


On 1/7/2018 3:19 PM, Betty Brown
wrote:
> Amen!!!
>
>> On January 5, 2018 at 3:26 PM "Joseph C. Neal" <joeneal...> wrote:
>>
>> Among 43 Canada Geese yesterday there was a mallard-sized Cackling
>> Goose, only species that might qualify as a “rare bird.” Of course,
>> in the middle of winter they aren’t that unusual in a Canada flock
>> like the one in the Corps of Engineers Lost Bridge South Park on
>> Beaver Lake.
>>
>>
>> My winter birding follows a routine. Pull into the park, check the
>> deep cove on the east, then the big open water looking southeast,
>> then another cove on the west. Yesterday the east cover yielded
>> Common Goldeneye (4), Ring-necked Duck (2), and Mallard (12), plus a
>> Common Loon. While sitting there with spotting scope clamped on the
>> window, a male Pileated Woodpecker flew low over my car and perched
>> on an old cedar and commenced excavating – cedar chips flying – like
>> I wasn’t there.
>>
>>
>> The only bird in big water was a single Ring-billed Gull. East cove
>> added Hooded Merganser (2).
>>
>>
>> Elsewhere in the park: Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings,
>> Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Robins, a Hermit Thrush, and a
>> “squealer” – Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. All from inside my car. It was
>> in the teens outside.
>>
>>
>> Beaver Lake was formed in mid-1960s by damming old White River,
>> burying family cemeteries and good bottomland farms at center of
>> pioneer-era communities. As mitigation, the Corps built high-quality
>> public recreation areas. High-quality: paved roads, camp grounds,
>> bathrooms, walking trails, boat launches, and picnic areas. First
>> class recreation for ordinary citizens. All with a fine view of
>> Beaver Lake.
>>
>>
>> The America that favored recreational facilities was the America of a
>> War on Poverty whose purpose was opportunity. Every county had an
>> Equal Opportunity Agency with multiple of services aimed a needs of
>> low income folks. It was America of a Voting Rights Act to ensure
>> every qualified American had a chance to participate. And just so we
>> don’t forget, in 1965, it was America of Medicare, providing health
>> insurance for every American 65 and older.
>>
>>
>> Where or where is that America? For some years now, we have drifted a
>> different way. Despite the fact that the population of northwest
>> Arkansas has vastly expanded, many recreational facilities built
>> around Beaver in the 1960s have been scaled back or closed because of
>> Congressional budget cuts. It’s happened all over Arkansas and all
>> over the country.
>>
>>
>> Really? The world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation can’t afford
>> parks for ordinary citizens?
>>
>>
>> The parks that remain, like Lost Bridge South, are fine places. And
>> aren’t we exceedingly fortunate to have them?
>>
>>
>


 
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