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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.

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.

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.

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.

MacArthur Park Fishing Derby set for July 14

MacArthur Park Fishing Derby set for July 14

The City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation is hosting its Annual Fishing Derby on Thursday, July 14 at MacArthur Park.

The Derby, which is also sponsored by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, is open to children ages 6-15 and will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

There will be no rods and reels allowed during the derby – cane poles only. The public is encouraged to bring its own equipment and bait, as only a limited number of cane poles will be available.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, which will be stocking the pond, will tag a limited number of “prize fish.” Any child who catches a “tagged” fish will be eligible to win one of the prizes provided by Parks & Recreation and Game & Fish. The first boy and girl to catch a “prize fish” will each win a bike.

For more information, please contact Mike Garrity, Assistant Recreation Supervisor, at 501-371-6858.