Bald Knob, White
Meet at 7:00 a.m. in North Little Rock in the Other Center parking lot on
the east side behind McDonald’s. The
Other Center is on McCain Blvd. across from McCain Mall. Take Exit 1 west off US-67/167. We’ll arrive at Bald Knob NWR around 8:30
a.m. for those who want to meet us there.
Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road. This federal refuge is also a National
Audubon Important Bird Area. We expect
to find shorebirds, herons, night-herons, egrets, and possibly Wood Storks and
Roseate Spoonbills. It will be very hot
so bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and a hat. If you have a scope, bring it. Very little walking will be involved. There is no bathroom on-site. There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at
Bald Knob Exit 55. Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/
for driving directions and more information about the refuge. GPS:
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.
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