CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists sponsored a program to educate the public about mass extinctions on Sunday.
The event was held at the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center.
Speaker Tom Krohn shared information about the previous five mass extinctions.
He also spoke to the crowd about the sixth mass extinction that he says is in progress.
"We're losing species a thousand times faster than the normal extinction rate and so this is cause for concern," said Krohn. "The earth's in trouble, I mean if we don't take some action."
He said there are ways people can make a difference.
"We cannot live on earth without the species that are here to help us and provide pollination and seed dispersal and other things," he said.
One way to make a difference immediately is to plant a native plant.
He said planting only native plants can help sustain insect life.