Earth Day Activities Set at SWEPCO's Eagle Watch Nature Trail

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., April 25, 2019 – Butterfly gardens, raptors and pollinators will be the focus of Earth Day activities from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at the Eagle Watch Nature Trail in Gentry, Ark.

The annual event, hosted by Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Flint Creek Power Plant, is free and open to the public. Eagle Watch is on Hwy. 12 one mile west of Gentry.

Local 4-H club members and other participants will begin by working in gardens that promote butterflies and other pollinators. Later in the morning, the program includes presentations on raptors and other wildlife by Lynn Sciumbato, operator of Morning Star Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and moths, butterflies and other pollinators by University of Arkansas Professor Don Steinkraus.

SWEPCO’s Flint Creek Power Plant in northwest Arkansas has been home to the Eagle Watch Nature Trail since 1999. The year-round warm water in the coal-fueled power plant’s 500-acre reservoir, SWEPCO Lake, attracts wintering American Bald Eagles. SWEPCO employees, working in community partnerships, developed the 65-acre Eagle Watch project, which includes two wildlife viewing pavilions, a boardwalk and a half-mile nature trail. School kids, community groups, bird watchers, hikers and others enjoy the Eagle Watch Nature Trail, which is open to the public throughout the year.

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