Join Joe Neal, Biologist with USDA Forest Service (retired) as he speaks about the Compton Breeding Bird Survey of Newton County on Tuesday, August 26 at the Boone County Library. The library is located at 221 W. Stephenson in Harrison. This program describes the nesting birds found in the upper reaches of the Buffalo National River. It is part of the national Breeding Bird Survey supervised by the US Fish and Wildlife Service conducted in Arkansas since the 1960s. The purpose is to identify population trends in nesting birds. Joe has conducted this survey annually since 1990. He will show pictures of some of the more than 100 species identified over the years and provide analysis of a few, like Northern Bobwhite, Wood Thrush, and Cerulean Warbler. Anyone with an interest in birds in the Ozarks, and specifically in the Buffalo National River area, will find this program of interest. The upper Buffalo is one of the best places in Arkansas to find birds of forests and open farmland.
Joe has co-authored (with Douglas James) Arkansas Birds (UA Press, 1986). He is also a field trip leader for Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society.