Field Trip – July 6 – Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois D’Arc WMA

Hope, Hempstead County

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’ll stop at the McDonalds in Hope (Exit 30 off I-30) around 8:45 a.m. for those in south Arkansas who would like to join us.  Look for Great-tailed Grackles at McDonalds.  We should arrive at the Bois D’Arc WMA at 9:15 a.m.  Our target birds will be Purple and Common Gallinules and their chicks, Least Bitterns, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, 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 to eat lunch in town.

Bois D‘Arc WMA is located 10 miles south of Hope.  Take Exit 30 off I-30 and go east.  Continue 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 3-way 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, then turn left onto the first gravel road and go down to the lake.  GPS: 33.558062, -93.694239

Field Trip – June 1 – Gillam Park and the Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC)

Due to weather, the May Birdathon activities were postponed to June 1st and since only 7 people showed up for the May field trip, we’ll redo the trip as one of the BirdLR Birdathon teams, a fun, friendly competition to raise money for bird conservation in Arkansas, sponsored by Audubon Arkansas.  The ASCA team’s fundraising is to collect donations based on per species seen or a straight contribution.  You can donate to the ASCA team by going to ar.audubon.org and click on the donate button.  Click on Birdathon for more information about the planned Bird Bash activities for June 1st.  It will be a great day to be outside enjoying nature!

Meet at 7:00 a.m. in Gillam Park at the second parking lot.  Gillam has great habitat for summering warblers and other species.  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 nesting 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.