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U of A Scientist to Lead Rare Lizard Expedition on Lake Leatherwood Preserve

courtesy: Casey Brewster and Chris Fischer
A Eastern Collared Lizard poses on a decaying log on a Heritage Month promotional poster.

University of Arkansas Ph.D. Biology Candidate Casey Brewster spends his summers on remnant Ozark glades monitoring the elusive and rare Eastern Collared Lizard. Brewster will lead a Collared Lizard expedition at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5 during a public hike at Lake Leatherwood Park, where several isolated colonies are documented. The free event is part of a month-long Arkansas Department of Heritage grant program in Eureka Springs, called "Off the Beaten Path" coordinated by the Native Plant Garden Project and Community Development Partnership.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.