Thanks to our recent speaker, Dustin Lynch (ANHC), there is a lot of interest in the Arkansas crayfish population and Dustin has generously offered to take us out to have some close encounters with them, as well.
Dustin plans to enlist the help of Brie Olsen (CAMN, Ecologist at ADEQ) to set traps the day before. During our outing, Dustin will wade into the swamp, remove each trap and pass it off to Brie to handle. They and we will move down the boardwalk and examining the contents of the traps. Gear you will want: muckboots, bug spray, water, pocket hand sanitizer, optional binoculars
On past surveys Dustin has trapped Ouachita River Crayfish, Red Swamp Crayfish, White River Crayfish, and Devil Crayfish at the site. But there will be more than just crayfish - hopefully we'll get a variety of interesting lowland fish species as well. Lorance Creek is also a great place for birds, turtles, newts, snakes, frogs, and tadpoles! There may be time for other birding and critter-spotting/ID activities. We'll release everything that came out of the creek back into the creek when we're done.
NOTE: We hope for good weather. Damp and overcast, probably will happen. Stormy, heavy rain, probably have to reschedule. But we will keep participants apprised.
Because this is an in-person event, we will be capping the attendance at 20 participants. It will be required that you register on the CAMN Event Calendar. Once the registration reaches 20, no others will be able to attend. If you register and then realize you cannot attend, please cancel your registration so that a spot can open for someone else. Other safety protocols will also be enforced, as described in the new CAMN Outdoor Activities Guidelines: