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  1. Dickcissels Headed for Venezuela

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    September 26, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    If you’ve got the traveling bug, I suggest you forget high airline tickets and just hitch up with the Dickcissels. It’s goodbye to Arkansas nesting country, hello winter in ole Venezuela with stops along the way in Mexico and Central America.

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  2. Sandpipers On the Move

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    August 27, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    Deep booms of far away thunder recalls historical accounts of the furious cannonade proceeding Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg. In the wee dark of last Wednesday, hundreds of metaphorical Confederate cannon fired away, not at Union lines on Cemetery Ridge, but on drought and heat smothering northwest Arkansas.

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  3. Green Zone

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    August 12, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    Our native post oaks and big bluestem grasses can take the high heat and drought. So can prairie natives like blazing stars and tall compass plants.

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  4. Birding Opportunities In The Dogdays

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    July 28, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    If the dogdays are getting you down, consider shorebirds or sandpipers. I know this may sound strange, but by late July it is possible to find around a dozen different species of sandpipers making the transit south through western Arkansas. Even non-birders know at least one: Killdeer.

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  5. Creek Walking

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    July 17, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    In early July there are serious questions about moisture. All is wilt in my yard. But as I head toward the Buffalo River’s upper valley, the sun is an iridescent orange mass pulsating pinks through a jagged green tree canopy, moisture-laden blue clouds scattered above. A cardinal sings fresh and new at the rise.

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  6. Swimmin’ Hole Riches

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    July 15, 2011 by wcobserver

    Here in these old eroded Ozark Mountains, rains have for millions of years percolated down through the layers of sandstone, shale and limestone, carving hollers and valleys where run our creeks and rivers.

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  7. Lost Between the Lines

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    June 30, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    If you have some vacation time this summer, it’s inexpensive and not so far up to Pea Ridge National Military Park northeast of Rogers. There’s lots of pioneer and Civil War history and for me, productive birding. My first stop is along Sugar Creek, clear water flowing over attractive yellowish-red chert rubble. An Acadian Flycatcher gives the PIZ-ZA! call. When I stop to see it, I notice a snapping turtle up on a high sandbar where it has dug a hole and appears to be laying eggs. Union soldiers expected attack from Confederates, so they constructed protective works of log, soil, and rock on the ridge overlooking Sugar Creek. I park, and from a thicket comes the song of a Kentucky Warbler. Soldiers cut big virgin hardwoods and made them into breastworks. Today, towering white oaks re-own the place, as do Red-eyed Vireos. And the trail? Water has been busy eroding it away. Roots are pushing up through asphalt. Leaf-cup and wild hydrangea are blooming along trail sides, with patches of Christmas fern. Shady bare spots are colonized by bottlebrush grasses. A Louisiana Waterthrush walks and bobs on the once battlefield. Along Arkansas 72, open fields stretch east and west …

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