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From dumpster diving to corralling horses

From dumpster diving to corralling horses

Well, as Joey the Garden Cat’s caretaker (aka momma/agent), I’m always on the lookout for interesting or heartwarming pet stories.  So, recently while taking a horse riding lesson I was greeted by a very chatty cat named Izzy.  I was amused to see Izzy navigating with easy around all the horses, dogs, cars and people who were busy about. And the funny part was she had something to meow about at every step and turn, which told me she was the boss around these parts. I just had to know Izzy's story. 

Izzy was homeless and living off dumpster scraps at the restaurant Izzy's, hence her name.  A cat lovin' lady rescued her, making sure she got spayed and received all her shots before trying to find her a forever home.

More events at Pinnacle

More events at Pinnacle

Sunday, January 15

 

2pm- 4:30pm-    To Hill and Back

Experience the adventure of a guided hike to a nearby peak without a trail to mark the way.  Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Moderately strenuous.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Admission: Free

 

Wednesday, January 18

 

2pm- 4:30pm     Wednesday Walk-About

Join a park interpreter on an adventure through forest and field as we go off-trail and explore some of our favorite secluded spots. Wear sturdy shoes and natural colors of the forest for best results. Binoculars are welcome

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Eagle Lake Cruise

Eagle Lake Cruise

Ever wanted to see a wintering bald eagle? You'll have a chance this Saturday.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park interpreters are taking a cruise on Lake Maumelle to seek out these eagles and other migratory waterfowl.

If you plan on attending, wear plenty of layers for extreme cold and windy lake weather.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12.

Contact 501-868-5806 for more information

Events at Pinnacle

Events at Pinnacle

Sunday, January 1

 

9am- 11:30 am First Day Hike- Intermediate

Happy New Year!  Start your New Year’s Resolution to get outside, exercise and connect with nature at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.  Join an interpreter for a moderately strenuous hike up the West Summit of Pinnacle Mountain.  This is not a hike for beginners.  The hike is challenging and will require moderately good physical condition.  Dress in warm layers and wear sturdy shoes.  Meet at the West Summit trail head and as always bring plenty of water

Meeting Place: West Summit Trail Head

Admission: Free

 

10am- 10:30am Lets Talk about Turtles

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders can scare throughout winter

Spiders are associated with Halloween, but the arachnids will most likely be seen throughout the winter in homes due to the warm summer we experienced. Often popping up after people bring holiday decorations or winter clothing out of storage, Terminix, the nation’s largest pest control company, has a few tips for prevention and protection to limit number of infestations and incidents of bites.

Why do spiders invade homes?

Like most pests, spiders are opportunistic and invade homes out of convenience. Human structures often provide a sheltered environment and can provide easy access to other insects. 

How do spiders get into homes?

Spiders can slip through very small exterior openings.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.

Inspect an Insect weekend

Inspect an Insect weekend

Did you know that not all bugs are pests, especially when it comes to the life of plants?  Since ninety-five percent of all living creatures are insects, wouldn't it be fun to learn more about them?  On July 16-17, Pinnacle mountain is offering a fun program called "Inspect an Insect Weekend."  

Park public relations says "Spend the weekend learning about the different types of insects in the park, including a chance to eat one!" 

Okay, maybe that last part does not sound very appetizing, but to each his own.  Many insects are harmless and it is good to expand your insect knowledge, especially for the little ones.  

Did you know that the marmalade hoverfly is a fly which belongs to the Syrphidae family (Episyrphus balteatus)?  We generally are wary of this insect because on its orange color and black stripes, which makes us think that it's a type of wasp.