He is giving a departmental seminar tomorrow in UAFS at noon. (Anyone is welcome). I've been exploring doing a research project with Jay on this with students. But it is hard to find undergrads interested in research. They all want to go to med school or PA school. And most of them need Plan Bs.......
On Thursday 15 February 2018, 11:02:21 AM GMT-6, Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...> wrote:
I will be working with Jay as far as the birds go. He has already been in touch with others in reference to the flora already on the course. There have been surveys done, plots burned. He plans on connecting some of the plots with prairie grass to make connecting wildlife corridors. I'd like to see AAS be able to participate in some way. But, this project is just starting. So we shall see what develops.
On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 10:45 AM Bill Shepherd <stoneax63...> wrote:
Many thanks for sharing this report, Sandy. It's the first time I've ever known a golf course to be a site for ecosystem (prairie in this case) restoration. At the very least, it serves an educational purpose.
Whatever works . . .
Bill Shepherd 2805 Linden, Apt. 3 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-5964 <Stoneax63...> (501) 375-3918
From: The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:51 PM
Subject: Massard prairie restorationI spent an excellent afternoon with Jay Randolph, superintendent of grounds at Ben Geren Golf Course here in Sebastian county. Jay is working at restoring remnants of Massard Prairie on the course. I was very impressed by the work being done there. You know things are working when you see a Harrier cruising over the bluestem grasses. Even if it's just a small area, the grass is doing what it's supposed to do. Meals are in that grass for a Harrier. Numerous sparrow species flew as we walked through the different patches of prairie grass. Liatris and Rattlesnake Master abound along with our flower species.
We didn't hear any this afternoon, but Jay said he has two small covey of quail. That is exciting.
The course has a new logo which includes an eastern meadowlark. All the flags on the greens will have the new logo. They're made like little wind socks.
We saw 30 species of birds as we drove around in a golf cart. The plan is to keep records of birds seen in all four seasons. Should be a fun project to see what happens as the terrain changes.
Sandy BFort Smith