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  • Field Trip to Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
    Starts:August 23, 2014 - 7:00 am
    Description: Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
    Bald Knob, AR
    Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock at the Other Center parking lot on the east side of the lot behind McDonald’s. The Other Center is across from McCain Blvd. from McCain Mall. Take Exit 1 West off US-67/167. We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR at around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there. The federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area. We expect to see shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills. It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. There is no bathroom on-site. There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55. Go to http://www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge. GPS: 35.260233, -91.571903
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    Field Trip to Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
    Starts:August 23, 2014 - 7:00 am
    Description: Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
    Bald Knob, AR
    Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock at the Other Center parking lot on the east side of the lot behind McDonald’s. The Other Center is across from McCain Blvd. from McCain Mall. Take Exit 1 West off US-67/167. We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR at around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there. The federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area. We expect to see shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills. It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. There is no bathroom on-site. There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55. Go to http://www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge. GPS: 35.260233, -91.571903

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Knob, AR

Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock at the Other Center parking lot on the east side of the lot behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is across from McCain Blvd. from McCain Mall.  Take Exit 1 West off US-67/167.  We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR at around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  The federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area.  We expect to see shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills.  It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat.  If you have a scope, bring it.  Very little walking will be involved.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS:  35.260233, -91.571903

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The Many Benefits of Volunteering … Where Could You Fit In?

Speaker: Norm Berner, Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department

There are countless outdoor and environmental issues all across the City of Little Rock that urgently need to be addressed. Even with the passage of the Sales Tax Initiative in the fall of 2011, there simply aren’t enough funds to even put a dent in most of these needs. Find out what some of these needs are and how a small group of volunteers have been making a difference, while learning how your own volunteer efforts could be put to great use.

Norm Berner grew up in a small northern Ohio community. He volunteered for the US Air Force during the Viet Nam War and worked in the European Theater for three years with other NATO members. Afterwards he graduated from Bowling Green State University, then worked in electrical engineering in the private sector before moving to Little Rock in 1997. He now works for the City of Little Rock as the first Volunteer Park Ranger Program Coordinator. Volunteering has become Norm’s primary focus and passion. Organizations he currently volunteers for include: Meadowcliff/ Brookwood Neighborhood Association, Little Rock Team Neighborhoods USA, Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, AGFC Stream Team, Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, and the Friends of Fourche Creek.

Location: Litte Rock Audubon Center.  Time: 7 PM.

 

July 12, 2014

Twenty members of the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas left Little Rock bright and early the morning of July 12 and headed south to Hope. At the McDonald’s in Hope, ten more people joined the trip. While at McDonald’s, our sharp-eyed birders spotted several Great-tailed Grackles patrolling the parking lot. We then caravanned to the AGFC Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA. At the WMA, we found a smorgasbord of birds. Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons in all color phases, and Great Blue Herons dotted the lakeside. The east end of the lake housed a good-sized rookery of Cattle Egrets, including additional Snowy and Great Egrets, their fuzzy youngsters, and a Black-crowned Night-Heron. The always raucous Purple and Common Gallinules kept a close eye on their small chicks as the little ones teetered across the tops of the water lotus on their spindly legs and oversized feet.

Anhingas were swimming and soaring, while Double-crested Cormorants fished, then perched in the dead trees to dry themselves in the sunlight. Green Herons were everywhere! The Least Bitterns were calling, but a challenge to see. Several flew back and forth and would only briefly perch out in full view. Life bird for several.

Hundreds of Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Tree Swallows, and Cliff Swallows skimmed the surface of the lake or circled overhead. Mississippi Kites, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, plus a Belted Kingfisher and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird all put in an appearance. Two alligators were seen, one quite close to shore. We were briefly distracted from our bird watching by a swarm of honey bees forming a huge hanging cluster of bees in the tree next to the dock.

It was noon when we left the WMA, and several birders wanted to continue, so we drove to Millwood Lake. Our goal was to find White Ibis and Tricolored Herons. The water level was very high, which left little habitat, so no target birds. We did spot one American White Pelican resting on the lake. At the River Run East spillway, dozens of Snowy and Great Egrets, and a few Great Blue Herons lined both sides of the spillway, and Cliff Swallows swooped above. One enormous alligator lurked in the backwater of the boat ramp, a reinforcement of the “No Swimming” warnings. We called it a day and headed back to Little Rock with a good tally of interesting and showy birds.

Submitted by

Karen Holliday

ASCA Field Trip Coordinator