Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot located at Exit 135 off I-40 West. Frog Bayou WMA is one of Arkansas’ newest AGFC wildlife management areas, established in 2005, and has undergone recent significant improvements making it more bird-friendly. This former farmland is now a wetland restoration area targeting migratory waterfowl. Secretive marsh birds like rails, Soras, and American Bittern are found here. A variety of wading birds such as herons, egrets, ibis, night-herons, and lingering shorebirds will also be present. Walking will be on unpaved, level paths. Bring boots. If time allows, we’ll check the Alma Sewage Treatment ponds for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. We’ll return to Little Rock by late afternoon.
For those in western Arkansas who would like to join us, meet our group at 8:45 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Kountry Xpress Truck Stop located at Dyer Exit 20 on the south side of I-40. The truck stop is on your right just before the Hwy. 64 intersection. Breakfast and lunch buffets are available at the truck stop.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135. We will arrive at the Bona Dea Trails first parking lot around 8:15 a.m. for anyone who wants to meet us there. Our target birds will be migrating fall warblers. Bona Dea Trails is 186 acres of wetlands and woodlands in the Prairie Creek floodplain. The trails are paved and level for easy walking. Lunch is on your own. There are picnic tables at Bona Dea, or several fast food restaurants are nearby.
From Little Rock, take I-40 west to Russellville. Take Exit 81. Turn left off the exit ramp, then left at the light to go south on Hwy 7. Cross over the interstate, take a right at the second stoplight (Lakefront Drive). The trail’s parking area will be on your left in less than a mile.