Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the commuter lot at I-430/630 off Shackleford Road in Little Rock. We should arrive around 10:00 a.m. at the observation deck overlooking the lake at Beard’s Bluff Park for those who would like to meet us there. Our target birds will be herons, egrets, ibises, terns, gulls (maybe Sabine’s), and late migrants. An alligator sighting is also possible and butterflies should still be plentiful. Bring scope, water, snacks, and lunch. There are snacks and drinks at the marina. Very little walking will be involved. Drive time to Millwood Lake is three hours each way. This will be an all-day trip.
Millwood Lake is in the southwest corner of the state, north of Texarkana. Beard’s Bluff Park is approximately 5 miles west of Saratoga on Hwy. 32.
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Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the main entrance to the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Our target birds will be migrating fall warblers. Bell Slough is a mix of ecosystems consisting of 2,040 acres of woodlands and wetlands situated between Little Rock and the Mayflower/Conway region. There are 117 species of birds documented for the area, including the adjacent waterfowl resting habitat. The Bell Slough Nature Trail consists of three connecting trails, each ranging in length from about a half-mile to 2 1/4 miles. The WMA also has a nice mix wildflowers that attract numerous butterflies. Wear study walking shoes. This will be a morning trip.
From Little Rock, go west on I-40. Exit I-40 at Mayflower (Exit 135) and turn east (right) at the light onto Hwy. 89. Then turn south (right) just past the commuter parking lot. Follow the service road paralleling I-40, then veer right at the fork. This is the new link to Grassy Lake Road. After crossing the Palarm Creek bridge, turn left into the WMA parking lot.