Back 40 Story April 2018 hike: Insects!


How do native plant material and insects thrive together?

Bugs and plants exist and evolve together! What do they do for one another, and what can that do for you?

Learn all about native plant material and the insects that thrive during the next informational Back 40 Story guided hike on the Back 40 trails, set for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Meet at the Metfield Golf Trailhead parking lot for a “show and tell.” Hikers will then be shuttled to the start of the hike at the north end of The Ledges trail.

Following the hike, a shuttle will take you back to your vehicle. Total distance will be approximately 3 miles.

The hike — The Importance of Native Plant for insects and birds. — will be led by Dr. Don Steinkraus, professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Steinkraus earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, followed by a master’s in Mycology and later a doctorate degree in Entomology – the study of insects. He has taught at the University of Arkansas for 30 years, and currently teaches courses in apiculture (beekeeping), insect anatomy, biological control and scientific photography. His research includes integrated pest management using insect pathogens. Steinkraus has a deep interest in the conservation of insects, particularly monarchs, swallowtails, moths, and bees.

This hike is moderately strenuous. Appropriate clothing and shoes are required. Participants should also bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. The Back 40 Trails are singletrack, which means they are dirt, narrow and sometimes rocky or have exposed tree roots. The trails are not appropriate for strollers. Friendly dogs are welcome on a leash. 

An alternate weather date for this event is set for Saturday, April 14.