Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Audubon invites public to participate in Enough is Enough gumbo fund-raiser for the Gulf Coast and other important causes

Nao Ueda sent a message to the members of Friends of Audubon Arkansas.

Nao Ueda
Nao UedaJune 30, 2010 at 12:49pm
Subject: This Friday in Fayetteville, Attend Enough is Enough Event & Say YES to Clean Energy!
Join OMNI Climate Change Task Force and 1Sky for the Enough is Enough Event, Friday, July 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the OMNI Center in Fayetteville (3274 Lee Ave.). Say NO to dirty oil & YES to Clean Energy!

The event features live music by local country-punk-blues musicians David Kimbrough Jr. & Stacy Nicole Mackey. Art show & silent auction by local artists! Open mic & gumbo from Lyn D's Cajun Gypsy and Cafe Rue New Orleans.

Bring your own bowl for gumbo. Children welcome!

Donations of any size will be accepted to benefit families in the Gulf (tax deductible).

To RSVP or for more information, visit:!/event.php?eid=135728979775789&ref=ts.

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I was under a street light but the doe was crossing from the Creel/Richardson home's driveway to the driveway into World Peace Wetland Prairie where no street light stands and only the lights from another block down S. Duncan Avenue silhouetted her big ears, curious face and sleek body

She and I both stood still, she maybe wondering something I can't imagine and I moving my hand to my belt and considering whether to savor the moment or pull out the little digital camera and try to record it.
I was out front putting the garbage can in position for the automated city garbage truck and making sure the lids were secure on the recycling bins. A few nights back, maybe the previous Tuesday when the garbage was all in place,  I spotted her or a sibling of hers about the same distance in the other direction. That time I didn't get to watch her grazing in the Hoodenpyles' yard or getting to see her face looking at mine. That night, the probably watched me until I made noise and ran west across the street toward the northeast corner of World Peace Wetland Prairie.
My experiences with our neighborhood deer are matched all over Fayetteville by those of many other people. Not everyone wants the deer around. But most who describe their encounters with deer seem to be as awestruck by their beauty as I am.
The deer so plentiful today are the progeny of a restocking program around the middle of the 20th century after decades when Arkansas and Louisiana youngsters never got to see wild deer.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Arkansas Wildlife Federation has been protecting Arkansas' environment for many decades

PLEASE Save the link for a couple of weeks and try it again. The programmer for the AWF says that the Web site is being rebuilt and won't be completed for two weeks or so. OK. Sorry, folks!

Please click on image or link to go to the AWF official Web site:

Your Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation Organization Since 1936

Home - National Wildlife Federation

Please use link to learn more about programs of the National Wildlife Federation.

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World Peace Wetland Prairie and adjacent private land deserves title of certified wildlife habitat

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Fayetteville's voluntter coordinator and a few volunteers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wild bergamot and many other native species on World Peace Wetland Prairie are keeping their blooms a much shorter time than usual this June as south Fayetteville is experiencing an early summer drought while storms pass nearby on June 24, 2010

Please double-click the image to ENLARGE view of temporaily fading peace-circle garden on June 23, 2010.
Disappointing after waiting all these months for the wild things to bloom. I dragged out more than 100 feet of hose from the north side of my house and started watering the peace-circle garden on the weekend, but there are not enough shady hours in the longest days of summer to allow for much serious watering. Part of the attraction of native plants is that even when their always brief flowering periods is foreshortened by drought, they will return if the soil they grow from is protected.

Double-layered daylilies a much-awaited bloom in the Town Branch neighborhood

Please click on image to enlarge view of double-layered daylily 50 feet from World Peace Wetland Prairie on June 24, 2010.

Lake Smart program encourages people to protect the watershed

Lake Smart Program for Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas

SWEPCO pulls a "swapco switcheroo" to circumvent shutdown after court order upheld

Another day of good news and bad news.
When will SWEPCO diversify its power-production facilities to start selling "clean" energy? If anyone didn't know why they kept building this plant despite knowing it was not environmentally sound, the "merchant" option was always their alternative plan.

SWEPCO shifts coal-fired plant to 'merchant' status

The coal-fired plant under construction in Hempstead County has been the target of a number of appeals.
Photo by Benjamin Krain
The coal-fired plant under construction in Hempstead County has been the target of a number of appeals.
 — Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), said today in a news release that construction of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Hempstead County will continue under an option to sell in other markets the power originally planned to serve the company's Arkansas retail customers.
The shift to the “merchant plant” comes on the heels of the Arkansas Supreme Court’s confirmation Thursday morning of its ruling that overturned the Arkansas Public Service Commission's 2007 approval of the plant.
Under the court's ruling, SWEPCO no longer has a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Turk plant to serve the company's Arkansas retail customers, the release said.
Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.
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Tiny wildflowers always interesting

Please click on image to ENLARGE May 24, 2010, photo.

UA CONSIDERS holding water on campus to protect downstream land and living things in coordinated discussion with city and Watershed Conservation Group

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Small-business roundtable on clean energy from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday: Free and everyone invited to attend

Hi Folks,

Great news! Our Fayetteville Forward Green Economy group, in partnership with the national non-profit Repower America, is co-sponsoring a Small Business Clean Energy Roundtable tomorrow, June 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. You can RSVP by clicking the link, although RSVP is not required.

A panel of local business and community leaders will discuss pending federal Clean Energy legislation, with a focus on the legislation’s benefits for small business and job creation. Panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.

We are expecting a packed house so please arrive early if possible. We hope you are able to participate in this opportunity to share your thoughts, discuss the issues, and show your support for comprehensive Clean Energy legislation.   

Thank you for all that you do.

Keaton Smith
Senior Relationship Banker
2710 Mission Blvd
Fayetteville, AR 72703
479.695.2271 Office
479.718.7030 Fax

Audubon invites public to participate in Hands across the Sand, an event to help protect the coast from oil

To read the full message, please click on Hands Across The Sand to go to the Audubon Web page that explains the plan.

Hands Across the Sand A Nationwide Event to Protect Our Coast from Oil
Join us on June 26th to deliver a clear message that America wants Clean Energy Now!
The disaster in the Gulf reminds us every day of the true price we pay for oil. On June 26th join a national day of action calling on President Obama to lead us to a clean energy future.
In over 500 communities across the globe we'll join hands at 11am to create a line in the sand against offshore drilling. We'll bear witness to the ongoing tragegy in the Gulf and the communities, habitat and wildlife that have been devastated by this spill. Most importantly, we will call on our leaders to move our country beyond oil.
If not now, when?
For more information or to find an event in your community, go to

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Video of John Rule reading one of his poems at Nightbird Books on June 22, 2010

June 22, 2010

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