May 12 – Field Trip – Gillam Park and the Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC)

May 12th is World Migratory Bird Day. Celebrate the spring migration of birds moving from their wintering sites to their summer nesting grounds by joining our field trip. It will be a great day to be outside in nature! This bird walk doubles as a BirdLR Birdathon team, a new concept in fundraising on behalf of Audubon Arkansas (read more on page 1). ASCA has made a pledge based on the number of species seen. Anyone can donate to ASCA’s team by going to ar.audubon.org/.

Meet at 7:00 AM 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 LRAC and walk the wildlife observation trail. Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and Terry Lock and Dam to look for Western Kingbirds and Painted Buntings. Bring water and snacks, the trip can last into the early afternoon. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots.

DirectionsGillam 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. 

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Meet at 7:00 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 LRAC and walk the wildlife observation trail.  Last, we’ll head to Industrial Harbor Road and Terry Lock & Dam to look for Western Kingbirds and Painted Buntings.  Bring water and snacks, the trip can last into the early afternoon.  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.

April 21 – Field Trip – Craighead Forest Park & Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center

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Meet at 6:00 a.m. in North Little Rock on the east side of the Other Center parking lot behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is located across from McCain Mall, on McCain Blvd.  Take Exit 1 West, off Hwy. 67/167.  We’ll arrive at Craighead Forest Park around 8:15 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Experience the 200-mile Crowley’s Ridge, a unique piece of North American topography.  The combination of wooded areas, a lake, and open fields provides a variety of habitats which attract an eclectic mix of birds such as migrating warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, vireos, and flycatchers.  We’ll also walk the Nature Center’s trail and check their colorful blooming gardens, which attract numerous butterflies and other insects.

Moderate walking will be on dirt and paved trails.  Bathrooms are available in the Park at Centennial Rotary Park at the end of Access Rd. #5 and also at the Nature Center.  This will be an all-day trip.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.

Directions—from North Little Rock take US 67/167 north 100 miles to Exit 102, then go east on Hwy. 226 for 30 miles, then 4 miles east on I-49.  Exit right at Christian Valley Rd.  Go 2 miles to Culberhouse St. and turn left.  Go 1 mile and turn right onto Forest Park Dr.  GPS coordinates for the Park are 35.774865, -90.702296.  It is a two-hour drive from North Little Rock.