Natural Heritage Archive

Here is Where We Must Begin: Water, Drought, and Flowers

This column was originally published in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and it part of a long-standing series with the publication. The banks of the Arkansas river are over flowing. Last week the water went up past the basketball goals in downtown Dardanellle and all the low water bridges have washed out. The wetlands in
Category: ABOUT the River Valley

Vulnerable and Sturdy: Why Yarrow is Amazing

  The Backyard Living column is a regular feature in ABOUT the River Valley magazine and a partnership between this site, A View from the Backroads, and the McElroy House: Organization for Cultural Resources and Community Action. This column originally ran in the June issue ofABOUT the River Valley Magazine.  All columns in this series are written by Meredith Martin-Moats.
Category: ABOUT the River Valley Magazine

Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas, Part 1

A recent book published by Butler Center Books, the publishing arm of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, examines life in the Yell County cotton fields in the 1920s. Written by the late Genevieve Grant Sadler, Muzzled Oxen: Reaping Cotton and Sowing Hope in 1920s Arkansas is a captivating memoir drawn from letters Sadler wrote
Category: Arkansas

Rachel Carson’s Birthday, Butterfly Resources, New Column Dates

This column originally ran Sunday April 20, 2014.  This past week marked the 50th anniversary of the death of naturalist Rachel Carson, author of the landmark 1962 book, Silent Spring in which she spoke out about the increased used of chemical pesticide and warned the public about the longterm effects DDT on the soil, the
Category: Arkansas

Thinking About Water: An Update on the LID Workshop

We can’t live without water. We know this, but how often do we consider how our own actions might encourage or discourage healthy waterways for future generations? A few weeks ago the McElroy House Organization worked in connection with the City of Russellville’s Clean and Green Initiative to host a free LID workshop at Russellville
Category: Arkansas

Learning from the Leaves

Every time my four-year old sons pass a pile of leaves they look up at me excitedly with a lilt in their voice. “Mom, it’s still fall!” they exclaim with wonder as they jump or kick their way through the crunch and squish of the pile. Kids seem to understand the magic of fallen leaves.
Category: Arkansas

Creation of Hot Springs Public Lands

Hot Springs, a small city located in the Zigzag mountains—a range within the larger Ouachita Mountains—is home to numerous hot springs that emerge on the west side of Hot Springs mountain. Rain soaks through the ground cover, continuing downward through chert and novaculite, dissolving minerals as it goes and becoming increasingly hot as it sinks
Category: Arkansas

Upcoming Russellville Seed Swap and Film Showing

It’s getting close to spring planting time, and many of you are probably readying your garden beds and ordering seeds. If you are a seed saver, perhaps you’re taking stock of what you gathered from last year’s harvest. Both experienced and beginner gardeners are invited to attend the Russellville Seed Swap Saturday February 23rd from
Category: Arkansas

Arkansas Master Naturalists, River Valley Chapter, Butterflies, and Bioregions.

The Seed and the Story is a weekly column exploring folklife, oral history, and community action in central Arkansas, particularly the Yell County area where the column originates. The column is published in the Post Dispatch and syndicated in the Courier and here on the Boiled Down Juice.  As part of our ongoing research at the McElroy Organization
Category: Animals