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 will stop at the McDonalds in Hope (Exit 30 off I-30) around 9:00 a.m. for those in south Arkansas who would like to join us. Or, meet us at Bois D’Arc WMA at 9:30 a.m. Our target birds will be Purple and Common Gallinules and their young, Least Bittern, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, 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.
Bois D‘Arc WMA is located 10 miles south of Hope. Take Exit 30 off I-30 and turn east. Go 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 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 and take the first gravel road to the left down to the lake. GPS coordinates: 33.558062, -93.694239