Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Prothro Junction commuter lot, I-40 East, Exit 157, southeast side of the interstate. First, we’ll head to the Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery, off Hwy. 70 at 23 Joe Hogan Lane, Lonoke) Lonoke Co.). The hatchery is the largest and one of the oldest state-owned warm-water pond hatcheries in the United States. After searching the hatchery, we’ll head south on Hwy. 31 to Pettus and turn east onto Bob Long Road. We’ll check the numerous minnow ponds along the road for ducks and mergansers. Our target birds will be lingering shorebirds, early arriving gulls, and first-of-the-season sparrows. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. Wear sturdy shoes as we may be standing in dirt and grass on occasion. Bring water and snacks. This is a morning trip.