Birders of all skill levels are needed to help with the Christmas Bird Count at Village Creek State Park on Dec. 15. The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event sponsored by the Audubon Society and is considered the longest running citizen science survey in the world. Volunteers are asked to monitor the birds seen in one spot for at least an hour. Each species seen or heard is recorded on a log which can be turned in at the park Visitor Center. These records will then be entered in a central database. By volunteering to help with this event you can serve as a citizen scientist to help track changes in bird populations and migration patterns in your local park. Residents can even help by counting birds at their own backyard bird feeders. If you are unsure about identifying birds, the park will offer our Winter Bird Identification program at 9:30 a.m. at the Visitor Center. To volunteer or for more information call Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406. For information on other programs at the park visit www.arkansasstateparks.com/villagecreek. The park is located six miles southeast of Wynne and 13 miles north of Forrest City.
The past becomes the present at Davidsonville Historic State Park as it celebrates 200 years of Arkansas Territory. Explore the town as it would have been during a heyday market week and explore the pattern of peoples and trades that made Arkansas what it is today. Try candle making, tomahawk throwing, carpentry, brick making, quill writing, historic games and more. Visit the historic tavern for a drink and play a hand of cards while talking with the innkeeper. A variety of townsfolk will be present to talk about experiences, ranging from the doctor and his medical ideas, to the struggles of slaves that called this area home. The festival is free to the public with food and merchandise available for purchase during the event. For more information, contact the park at 870-892-4708 or at email@example.com. This event is sponsored by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas State Archives, and is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.