Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Dixon Road commuter lot, Exit 3 off I-530 South. We’ll arrive at the Delta Rivers Nature Center around 8:00 a.m. for those who want to meet us there. The area has diverse habitats which include cypress and tupelo swamps, open water, and wetlands. Early migrants, wrens, egrets, and herons will be our main targets. Walking is moderate on paved trails. Bring water and snacks, the trip can last into the afternoon. Participants are welcome to leave at any time.
Directions—From Little Rock, take I-530 south to Pine Bluff going 35 miles until I-530 becomes Hwy. 65B (Exit 35). Go 6 miles, continuing past Lake Saracen (Lake Pine Bluff). Turn left onto Regional Park Drive. (Convention Center Dr.). Continue on Regional Park Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Black Dog Road. Follow signs to the Nature Center. Website is www.deltarivers.com
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.