Monthly archive July, 2014
Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

Throwback Thursday: Gray Bats at Sunset

This photo was taken in August 2013 during “Bats and Blues” at the Illinois River Watershed Sanctuary.  This free, public event featured live blues music, refreshments, and a spectacular evening viewing of endangered gray bats flying out of Cave Springs Cave. There is a population of approximately 4,700 endangered gray bats living in Cave Springs Cave...
Trees and Water: The Perfect Partnership

Trees and Water: The Perfect Partnership

This week we’re joined by Patti Erwin, State Urban Forestry Coordinator for the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Patti is a certified arborist and the State Representative with the Southern Chapter International Society of Arboriculture. Patti enjoys traveling, music and playing in the dirt. Ever since I met Delia Haak several years ago, the collaboration between the Illinois River Watershed...
Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Tree Wells

Green Infrastructure & LID Series: Tree Wells

This series explores some of the Best Management Practices (BMPs) of Green Infrastructure and LID for both urban and rural applications. The IRWP is currently working with our local cities, counties and organizations to implement these projects within the Illinois River Watershed. Watch for these demonstration projects in public spaces to see first-hand stormwater management in...
Throwback Thursday: A Spring-Fed Lake

Throwback Thursday: A Spring-Fed Lake

Did you know that the lake in Cave Springs is entirely spring-fed? In this photograph, taken in the early 1940’s, you can see that the lake used to back all the way up to the mouth of the cave and limestone bluff line. As you can also see, there were floating platforms for sunbathers and...
A Season of Art and Nature

A Season of Art and Nature

This week, we are joined by John Lasater, the 2014 Artist in Residence for the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, thanks to a generous Art and Nature grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.  John is an active fine artist, travelling the country for outdoor painting (plein air) shows. He has won Best of Show honors in...
Trails and Greenways: Making Connections

Trails and Greenways: Making Connections

This week, UpstreamMatters welcomes a guest blogger, Misty Murphy.  Misty is the Regional Trails Coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Council.  Misty is an avid cyclist herself and works with local governments, trail advocates, and other stakeholders to develop the trail system’s most beneficial attributes for runners, walkers, hikers and cyclists.   You can contact her at misty@nwacouncil.org. A...
Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View

Throwback Thursday: An Aerial View

Though it seems a familiar sight for residents of Cave Springs, several aspects of this property have changed since 1986 when this photo was taken. The building that used to house Lakeview Baptist Church is now the Illinois River Watershed Partnership’s Learning Center, and the lake is no longer called Lake Keith (new name to...
A Watershed Journey: Little Osage Creek

A Watershed Journey: Little Osage Creek

When it comes to watershed division, Bentonville is quite a curious town. Why? In fact, there are four different watersheds within a 15-mile radius of downtown Bentonville. Northern Bentonville is in the Elk River Watershed; to the west is the Lower Neosho Watershed; to the east is the Beaver Lake Watershed; and the southern half...
Throwback Thursday: Atop Bartlett Dam

Throwback Thursday: Atop Bartlett Dam

These photos of Pat Simpson (right) and her mother, Lucille Stroud (left), were taken in the same place, approximately 20 years apart. The one of Pat was taken in the early 1940’s and the one of her mother was taken in the 1920’s. Both women are standing on top of Bartlett Dam, which formed the...
Food for Thought

Food for Thought

This week I enjoyed one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. It was at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville where one might expect such rare culinary experiences. This special dinner was part of the Museum’s Food Series CR(EAT)E.     The meal was unusual from start to finish.   The Museum’s...
A Fish Eye View

A Fish Eye View

Ever wondered what the world would look like if you were a fish?  During our Art and Nature Camp the week of June 16th, we asked a group of 8-12 year olds just that.  As you can see from their amazing art, the underwater world of a fish can be quite interesting indeed!    ...
Throwback Thursday: Summer Days at Loch Lono

Throwback Thursday: Summer Days at Loch Lono

This photo of Pat Simpson was taken in the 1940’s at Loch Lono in Cave Springs. The abundance of water in Cave Springs has always been a major draw to the small town, especially during the summertime when people were looking to escape the heat. At the time, Loch Lono was a swimming lake, and...