Monthly Archives: November 2017

NWALT Seeks Intern for Kessler Classroom

Help us expand the reach of the Kessler Mountain Outdoor Classroom through our internship program!

The land trust is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable education intern to help us expand the Kessler Outdoor Classroom program. The intern will lead field trips for local schools and community groups, develop new exhibits, and perform regular upkeep of the facilities. The position will require 10-15 hours per week, and is offered for the Spring, Summer and Fall field trip seasons. The intern may be invited to remain for additional semesters. Applicants should have a strong interest in environmental education and an interest in working with kids. Relevant coursework in biology, environmental science or related field is preferred.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in environmental education in a nonprofit setting. Internship credits may be available for college students. Read the Classroom Internship Advertisement for information about how to apply. Contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org or call 479-966-4666 to ask questions.

Support for this internship is provided by the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association and the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust.

Save Land this #GivingTuesday!

Support Local Land Conservation this #GivingTuesday!

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a social media-driven celebration of giving that has raised millions of dollars for nonprofits around the world.

As Northwest Arkansas continues to grow, it is increasingly important to act quickly and proactively to protect the natural landscapes that matter most to people and wildlife in the region. As your local land trust, we are dedicated to preserving the unique beauty and natural heritage of Northwest Arkansas forever. But we need your support to help us save land for wildlife, clean water, outdoor recreation and quality of life right here in our community. We hope you’ll join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for this year’s #GivingTuesday and make your donation count for local land conservation.

Last year’s Giving Tuesday was a huge success, and we want this year to be even better! This year, we want to increase our membership by 30 individuals. As a member of the land trust, and you will be making a sound investment in local land conservation. Plus, you’ll also receive special invitations to exclusive events and programs!

How can you help? Make a donation, invite your friends, share our #GivingTuesday posts, and tell us what you #SaveLandFor by using the hashtag to let us know why local land conservation is important to you!

Christmas Bird Count – December 17 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help Us Survey Birds on NWALT-conserved Properties at the Christmas Bird Count!

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-standing citizen science program in the nation, with almost 100 years of data on bird populations across the country. The Fayetteville Christmas Bird Count is taking place on December 17 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The land trust is leading a team of birders to survey the NWALT-conserved properties that lie within the project circle. Our team will visit a variety of habitats, including restored riparian habitat, wet prairie, and the unique shale barrens habitat on Kessler Mountain. We expect to see waterfowl, sparrows, hawks, warblers, and others. Volunteers may join us for all or a portion of the day. There will be an after count tally and party at the home of Doug James and Elizabeth Adams.

The NWALT team will meet at our headquarters at the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse (1725 Smokehouse Trail, Fayetteville AR 72701) and will carpool to the first property. We will return to the Smokehouse for lunch. Please bring a sack lunch, binoculars, field guide, close-toed shoes and cold-weather attire.

If you would like to join our team, please contact sbarrow@nwalandtrust.org.

Tailgating is for the Birds

Birdwatchers Celebrate Fall Migration at Wilson Springs Preserve

With fall migration in full swing, local birdwatchers escaped the hustle and bustle of the city by attending our Big Sit at Wilson Springs Wetland Preserve. With binoculars in hand, the group explored the diversity of habitats and found many of the birds that live there, including marsh wrens, sedge wrens, swamp sparrows, blue winged teals, and many others. Birding 101 was offered to novices as an introduction to birdwatching. Between hikes, they enjoyed grilled hot dogs and beverages while relaxing with fellow birders. The event was a great way to celebrate the annual migration and experience the key habitat that is protected at Wilson Springs Preserve. Thanks to Joe Neal and Doug James for leading hikes and assisting with bird identification. Thanks also to everyone that attended!

The Big Sit is just one of many programs offered at Wilson Springs. If you’d like to learn more about upcoming programs, volunteer opportunities, and on-the-land events, contact us to join our mailing list.