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Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the park’s West Summit parking lot near the picnic area restrooms at the base of Pinnacle Mountain. See directions below. The Kingfisher Trail is a ½ mile paved level loop trail. It runs along the Little Maumelle River through a bottomland forest with huge Bald Cypress trees. Along the trail we’ll find birds, unique plants, wildflowers, and butterflies. Next, we’ll caravan to the Arkansas Arboretum Trail. This trail is a ¾ mile paved loop trail with a slight incline. Ovenbirds, Louisiana Waterthrush, and other summer residents will be our target birds. Bring water and light snacks. This is a half day trip.

Directions to Kingfisher Trail: Take Exit 9 off I-430. Go 7 miles west on Hwy. 10, then 2 miles north on Hwy. 300. Turn right into the picnic area parking lot. GPS: 34.839211, -92.493480. Arkansas Arboretum Trail: from the Kingfisher Trail, go one mile north on Hwy. 300, turn right onto Pinnacle Valley Road. Go 1.5 miles until you see the Arkansas Arboretum sign and parking lot on your right.

Speaker: State Representative Warwick Sabin

Representative Sabin will discuss recent legislative activity regarding environmental issues in the Arkansas General Assembly.

Warwick Sabin is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and he serves in the Arkansas House of Representatives. As the State Representative for District 33, Warwick also holds the position of Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore for the 90th General Assembly. Before assuming his position at the Innovation Hub, Warwick was publisher of the Oxford American magazine. His additional professional experience includes serving as director of development for the Clinton Foundation, as well as working on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at Foreign Affairs magazine. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Truman Scholar, and he holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a B.A. in Political Science from University of Arkansas. He has volunteered and served on the boards of directors for numerous community and nonprofit organizations and projects in Central Arkansas.

Come help us count birds for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD).  Meet at 7:30 a.m. in Gillam Park at the last parking lot past the swimming pool. Gillam has great habitat for spring warblers and other migrants. There will be moderate walking on fairly level, but possibly muddy trails. When finished at Gillam, we’ll drive to the Audubon Center and walk the wildlife observation trail. Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and David D. Terry Lock & Dam to look for Western Kingbirds and Painted Buntings. This is a morning trip. Bring water and snacks. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

Directions—Gillam Park is in southeast Little Rock near the airport.  Address is 5300 Gillam Park Road, Little Rock. Take I-30 West heading south from Little Rock. Then exit onto I-440 going towards the airport. Take Exit 1-Springer Road. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left onto Springer Road.  Go approximately 1 mile to just past the LRAC. Turn right onto Gillam Park Road. Follow it into the park to the last parking lot past the swimming pool.