October 9, 2014 – Regular Monthly Meeting

Whirlwind Birding – Five States in Eleven Days

Speakers: Doris and Dottie Boyles

Location: John Gould Fletcher Library.  Time: 7 PM.

Doris Boyles set a goal a few years ago to see 100 species of birds in 25 states. With 15 already completed, she planned a whirlwind trip to visit five states in 11 days with her daughter Dottie. They birded in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Come hear how they did and the many adventures along the way.
Doris is an avid gardener, retired American Iris Society Judge, and collector of many things. She has been a serious birder since 2000.
Dottie works for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. While she has had many hobbies over the years that included hiking and painting, she also became a serious birder in 2000.

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Frog Bayou WMA, October 4

Frog Bayou WMA—Dyer (Crawford Co.)

Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot located at Exit 135 off I-40 West. Frog Bayou WMA is one of Arkansas’ newest AGFC wildlife management areas, established in 2005. This former farm is a wetland restoration area, with migratory waterfowl as its main user. Secretive marsh birds like rails, Sora, and American Bittern will be our target birds. A variety of wading birds such as herons, egrets, ibis, and night-herons also visit the area. Walking will be on unpaved, level paths. Bring boots. If time allows, we will check the Alma Sewage Treatment ponds for Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. We’ll return to Little Rock by late afternoon.

For those in western Arkansas who would like to join us, meet our group at 8:45 a.m. at the Phillips 66 Kountry Xpress Truck Stop located at Dyer Exit 20 on the south side of I-40. The truck stop is on your right just before the Hwy. 64 intersection. Breakfast and lunch buffets are available at the truck stop.