Join our field trip to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) and experience the excitement of spring migration. At least four thousand different species of birds are moving from their wintering sites to their summer nesting grounds, which adds up to about 40% of the entire avian population. It will be a great day to be outside enjoying nature! This bird walk doubles as one of the BirdLR Birdathon teams, a fun, friendly competition that raises money for bird conservation in Arkansas, sponsored by Audubon Arkansas. the ASCA team’s fundraising goal is to collect donations or pledges based on per species seen. You can donate to the ASCA team by going to ar.audubon.org/birdathon/asca.
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in Gillam Park at the second parking lot. Gillam has great habitat for spring warblers. 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.