The Garland County Library will host a virtual presentation, "Stranger Danger: Arkansas Wildlife," from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
Master naturalist Belinda Jonak will be the guest speaker for the program, which will focus on increasing awareness of local organisms that are potentially harmful, a news release said.
The program will be accessible at http://www.facebook.com/garlandcountylibrary and the Garland County Library's YouTube channel at youtube.com/garlandcolibrary.
The program is free, and registration is not required.
Jonak will discuss a broad range of commonly encountered Arkansas organisms that need to be treated cautiously, including plants, mushrooms, insects and reptiles.
"Some of these organisms are capable of defending themselves," Jonak said in the release.
"Don't grab something if you don't know what it is."
"However, she hopes that viewers armed with this information will feel more confident safely exploring wildlife in the Natural State," the release said.
Anyone with questions for Jonak can submit them in advance to Adult Program Coordinator Paul Kagebein at [email protected] com.
Jonak has had a lifelong affinity for all things life science. "If it's alive, I'm interested," she says.
She has been a member of the Diamond Lakes Chapter of the Master Naturalists since 2013, taught biology and zoology at National Park College, served both as docent at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu and as an employee of the Fort Worth Zoo, and has presented dozens of educational programs about Arkansas native plants and animals.
Jonak also worked as a circulation clerk at the Garland County Library for 21 years, until her retirement in 2020.
Call the library at 501-623-4161, email [email protected], or visit http://www.gclibrary.com for more information.