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Trump case expected to head to the jury today; IN food banks concerned about draft Farm Bill; NH parents, educators urge veto of anti-LGBTQ+ bills; Study shows a precipitous drop in migratory fish populations, in US and worldwide.

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Arkansans encouraged to observe birds, wildlife behavior during solar eclipse

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Thursday, April 4, 2024   

On Monday, Arkansans will have the opportunity to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event, a total solar eclipse.

It will be visible along a narrow track and will briefly put parts of the United States, Mexico and Canada in complete darkness.

Uta Meyer, center manager for the Little Rock Audubon Center and Audubon Delta, said her group is providing Little Rock residents with an observation form to track birds and other creatures' activity throughout the eclipse.

"What we expect birds and other animals to do is essentially probably be a little bit confused by the transition to not total darkness, but to dusk and a little bit darker than that, and then start to kind of transition into their nighttime habits," Meyer outlined. "For some birds, that might mean going to roost. For some birds, that might mean preparing to roost."

The path of the totality will stretch over 100 miles across the Natural State, as 53 of Arkansas's 75 counties will be within the path of totality, including the cities of Little Rock, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Conway and Jonesboro.

Meyer noted the maximum period of totality reaches 4 minutes and 15 seconds at certain points but not every location experiences the longest duration. She explained Little Rock residents should expect the partial eclipse to begin around 12:33 p.m. CT when it starts to transition to darkness.

"That is when you need your eclipse glasses, that's when it's not safe to look at the sun just with your naked eye, because it could do some damage," Meyer emphasized. "Then once the total eclipse begins here in Little Rock, that'll be somewhere around 1:51 p.m. The peak for the center of town here in Little Rock is about two minutes and 27 seconds."

Meyer added once the totality is over, you will need to start wearing the eclipse glasses again, until the partial eclipse is over at about 3:11 p.m. CT. Meyer said the Little Rock Audubon Center trails will be open for folks to be able to view the eclipse with a great view of downtown.


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