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.
We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west Little Rock Walmart on Hwy. 10/Cantrell Rd. in the northwest corner of the parking lot. We’ll caravan from there to Lake Sylvia. Lake Sylvia is an 18-acre lake nestled in the Ouachita National Forest surrounded by pines and hardwoods. Migration will be gearing up, so spring migrants will be moving through the area. The Lake Loop Trail and the Wildlife Trail are unpaved, with fairly level walking. The Trees of the Forest Trail has informational placards along the trail identifying common trees in the area. This trail is paved and has fairly level walking. Bring water and snacks. There is a picnic area if you want to bring your lunch. The park will be open and bathrooms available. There is a $3 per vehicle day use charge.
Directions—Lake Sylvia is off Hwy. 9, nine miles south of Perryville and 1 mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 9. From Hwy. 9, turn west at the brown-colored Lake Sylvia sign onto Hwy. 324. Go 4 miles to the park entrance. It is about a 45 minute drive from Little Rock. GPS coordinates are: 34.8822836, -92.8102027.
Audubon Arkansas’s Native Agriculture to InVigorate Ecosystems (NATIVE) project is focused on training underserved farmers in the Grand Prairie and Mississippi Delta to grow local genotype native warm season grasses for seed production. This bird-friendly crop is critical to the restoration of tallgrass prairie habitat in the Grand Prairie region. Jon will talk about the project’s successes and challenges, as well as how this project will help birds on a landscape-scale in eastern Arkansas. For the past three years Jon Young has worked one-on-one with grass seed producers, providing reliable technical assistance in the field. His other duties as Field Projects Coordinator for Audubon Arkansas include biological monitoring, reforestation, invasive species control, and maintenance of the Little Rock Audubon Center and its nearly 500 acres.
Location: Fletcher Library. Time: 7 PM.