Field Trip: July 14, Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA

Hope, Hempstead County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the south end of the commuter parking lot at the I-630/I-430 intersection at Shackleford Road in Little Rock.  We’ll stop at the McDonalds in Hope (Exit 30 off I-30) around 8:45 a.m. for those in south Arkansas who would like to join us.  Look for Great-tailed Grackles at McDonalds.  We should arrive at the Bois D’Arc WMA at 9:15 a.m.  Our target birds will be Purple and Common Gallinules and their chicks, Least Bitterns, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, herons, egrets, and possibly an alligator or two!  Very little walking will be involved.  Bring scopes, plenty of water, snacks, and lunch.  There are several restaurants in Hope if you prefer to eat lunch in town.


Bois D‘Arc WMA is located 10 miles south of Hope.  Take Exit 30 off I-30 and go east.  Continue past McDonald’s, then under the railroad overpass.  At the light at the big intersection, turn right onto Hwy. 67.  Go 1/3 of a mile.  At the brown sign, turn left onto Hwy. 174.  Take Hwy. 174 south 6 miles to the 3-way stop sign at Spring Hill.  Turn right onto Hwy. 355.  Go west for 4 miles.  Turn right at the white wooden WMA sign just before the highway ends in the lake.  Follow the paved road, then turn left onto the first gravel road and go down to the lake.  GPS: 33.558062, -93.694239

Field Trip: June 9, Camp Robinson Special Use Area

Mayflower, Faulkner County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135.  We will consolidate vehicles then continue to the Camp Robinson Special Use Area (SUA).  Owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it is 4,029-acres of primarily oak savannah and prairie as well as a 60-acre nursery pond. Frequent burning and mowing maintains habitat for breeding Bachman’s Sparrow, Painted Buntings, Chats, and Bell’s Vireo.  The area also regularly supports a variety of birds of state conservation interest. Ospreys, Orioles, and Bald Eagles nest around Lake Conway.  Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, and Prothonotary Warblers nest at Nursery Pond. Camp Robinson SUA became an Important Bird Area (IBA) on April 22, 2003.  There will be very little walking, mostly driving and stopping.  Bring water and snacks.