Field Trip – March 16 – Pine Bluff and Jefferson Co. 🗓

Join us to visit Delta Rivers Nature Center, Boyd Point Wastewater Facility, Lake Saracen, and Wilbur West Road in and around Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Dixon Rd. commuter lot, Exit 3 off I-530 South.  We’ll arrive at the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff around 8:00 a.m.  We’ll bird the parking lot until the Center opens at 8:30 a.m.  The area has diverse habitats such as cypress and tupelo swamps, open water, and wetlands.  Lingering sparrows, winter finches, wrens, egrets, and herons will be our main targets.  Walking is on paved trails and boardwalks.  

    Next stop is the Boyd Point Wastewater Facility to look for ducks and gulls.  If time permits, we’ll also check Lake Saracen and Wilber West Road.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch. The trip may last into the afternoon.  Participants are welcome to leave at any time.


Directions to Delta Rivers Nature Center:
    From the Dixon Rd. commuter lot, take I-530 south to Pine Bluff for 35 miles until I-530 becomes Hwy. 65B (Exit 35).  Go 6 miles, continuing past Lake Saracen (Lake Pine Bluff).  Turn left onto Regional Park Drive.  (Convention Center Dr.).  Continue on Regional Park Drive approximately 1.2 miles.  Turn right onto 1400 Black Dog Road.  Follow signs to the Nature Center.  GPS:  34.239187, -91.990982.  Website is www.deltarivers.com

Nimrod Lake and Harris Brake Lake, November 22

Nimrod Lake and Harris Brake Lake—Perryville

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the west Little Rock Wal Mart parking lot (northwest corner) on Hwy. 10/Cantrell Rd. We’ll caravan to the dam site at Nimrod Lake and start our exploration with a short walk across the dam. We’ll then travel to various access points along the lake. Nimrod Lake is Arkansas’s oldest reservoir, created by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1942 by damming the Fourche LaFave River. Next, we’ll drive to Harris Brake Lake and look for more waterfowl. Our target birds will be eagles, ducks, mergansers, loons, and Osprey. Harris Brake Lake was built in 1955 and is the third largest lake owned by AGFC. The lake is located one mile south of Perryville. Walking will be limited. No boots are needed. Bring binoculars, scopes, drinks, snacks, and lunch. We should be back to Little Rock by mid-afternoon.

 

For more information about Nimrod Lake, go to www.swl.usace.army.mil/parks/nimrod/index.htm.