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Managing Bald Knob NWR for Birds (ASCA meeting)
This is Audubon Society of Central Arkansas's monthly meeting. This month's presenters are Chris Swanson and Paul Provence with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Central Arkansas Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most popular birding hotspots in Arkansas. Birders flock there, especially in the fall, for shorebirds, waterfowl, and waders. The refuge hosts birds in abundance, in large part, because the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service manages habitat for them. Chris Swanson and Paul Provence will discuss their management regime for the refuge. Show them your appreciation for and ask questions about the work they do.

Chris Swanson is the Project Leader for the Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex which consists: Holla Bend, Logan Cave, Bald Knob, Cache River, Big Lake, and Wapanocca. He is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has worked in four Regions, two Regional Offices, two National Wildlife Refuge Complexes, two Wetland Management Districts, and a state-wide Ecological Services Field Office. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University.

Paul Provence is the Deputy Project Leader for the Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex. He obtained his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Louisiana State University. His career began in 2000 with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He then went on the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Paul joined the Service in 2010 as a Biologist for the Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex at Mandalay and Bayou Teche NWRs, and later served as a Biologist for the Central Louisiana Refuge Complex. In 2015, he returned to his home state of Arkansas to serve as the Refuge Manager for Bald Knob, Holla Bend and Logan Cave.

Apr 13, 2023 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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