Field Trip – August 24 – Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Knob, White County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot on the east side behind McDonald’s.  The Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall.  Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167.  We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road.  This federal refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area.  We expect to find shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills.  It will be very hot so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat.  If you have a scope, bring it.  Very little walking will be involved.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS:  35.260233, -91.571903

Monthly Meeting – August 8 – Birding Chile-Santiago to Patagonia

Karen Holliday

Karen joined the Manu Expeditions international group of birders in Santiago, Chile, in November 2018 for two weeks of birding in central and southern Chile, concentrating on Chilean endemics and near-endemics. The first week was spent in the central part of the county from the highlands above Santiago to the humid Nothofagus forests, plus a Humbolt Current pelagic trip. The second week was spent birding the Patagonia steppe, then crossing the Magellan Straight to the very tip of South America to Tierra del Fuego and the spectacular Torres Del Paine Narional Park. Karen added 145 life birds to her list, including three species of penguins.

Karen Holliday loves chasing new birds because it gives her the perfect excuse to travel both in the U.S. and internationally. Karen plans to retire in July and is looking forward to finally having time to pull together her many trip lists to figure out how many life birds she has seen over the years; she suspects it is over 2,000 species. In her spare time she has been leading the monthly ASCA field trips since 2009 and enjoys bringing people and birds together in informative and fun birding trips all over Arkansas.

7 PM at Fletcher Library