It was an entire year. Austin Jones, Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and Graduate Assistant at the U of A, accumulated and identified creepy crawlies at Hobbs State Park just east of Rogers. He collected specimens in five different Park habitats; Creek Riparian, Reservoir Riparian, Wooded, Upland, Cleared Upland Field, and Glade. Austin’s project is the first at Hobbs to trap, identify, and now disseminate information on the arthropods, bugs, and insects found within the 12,054 acres of Arkansas’s largest state park.
Several years ago Arkansas State Parks began to participate in the Natural Resource Inventory Database, NRID. Birds, mammals, reptiles, trees, flowers, bushes, amphibians, butterflies, etc. have been noted and inventoried at the 52 Arkansas state parks, but Austin Jones’ year-long list will now allow some of our often missed critters to be included in this extensive inventory. Jones’ December 2017 program will be the first time anyone, even the staff of Hobbs State Park, will have knowledge of his fascinating study results.
Join Austin and his cadre of multi-legged friends at his upcoming family- friendly program. You will be among the few to be the very first to hear the results of this year-long study of the arthropods, insects, bugs, and other charming creatures that inhabit Hobbs State Park – and maybe your house.
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When: Saturday December 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm