February 17, 2018 Two Rivers Park, Little Rock AR

Participate in the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) by joining ASCA’s February field trip.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Two Rivers Park Bridge (also known as the “Little” Dam Bridge) at the start of the walking trail located at 4468 River Mountain Road at the southeast end of the Two Rivers Park peninsula.  We’ll scope the river from the parking lot and bridge, then walk the dirt and paved trails as far as people wish to go.  You can turn around at any point and head back to your vehicle.  After returning to our cars, we’ll drive to the west entrance of Two Rivers Park and walk the big field and horse trail.  Both areas have a diverse population of sparrows and provides a great opportunity to work on identifying those “little brown birds”.  Knee-high rubber boots are recommended because of the copious sand burrs.  Bring water, snacks, and your scope if you have one.  We should finish around noon.  If any rare loons are being reported, birders can continue on to Lake Maumelle.  Loons, mergansers, ducks, and grebes are easily found on the lake this time of year.  If you can’t join the field trip, participate in the GBBC by counting the birds in your own backyard and submitting your sightings to the GBBC website at www.birdcount.org.

Directions-take Exit 9 west off I-430 onto Cantrell Rd.  At the first stop light, turn right (north) onto River Mountain Road.  Go to the bottom of the hill then bear right to the main parking lot.  GPS coordinates are 34.797458, -92.383017.

January 27, 2018 Lake Dardanelle-Delaware Park and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135.  We’ll carpool to Delaware Park, located on the southwest side of Lake Dardanelle.  We should arrive at the Delaware Park boat ramp around 8:45 a.m. for anyone who wants to meet us there.  We’ll scan the lake for gulls, pelicans, loons, mergansers, ducks, grebes, and eagles.  A rare gull or duck is a possibility.  The lake can be very cold and windy.  Dress in layers, including gloves and hats. 

Next, we’ll caravan to the Holla Bend NWR headquarters’ parking lot.  There is a $4.00 entrance fee per vehicle.  A duck stamp or a National Parks pass will get a vehicle in for free.  Our target birds will be raptors, including nesting Bald Eagles, also swans, ducks, geese, and sparrows.  At Holla Bend, there will be some walking in tall grass, so boots are recommended.  Bring snacks, lunch, and plenty of water.  We’ll return to Little Rock late afternoon.

Directions from the town of Dardanelle to Delaware Park:  At the junction of Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 22, go west on Hwy 22 approximately 10 miles.  Turn right onto Hwy. 393, which is the first road on your right after you cross the long causeway at the west end of the lake.  Hwy. 393 dead ends at Delaware Park.  GPS coordinates:  35.295749, -93.271458.  For more information about the Holla Bend NWR, go to http://www.fws.gov/hollabend/.  The headquarters is located at 10448 Holla Bend Road, Dardanelle, AR 72834.  GPS coordinates: 35.163222, -93.093477.