Field Trip – October 26 – Bell Slough South AGFC Wildlife Management Area

Mayflower, Faulkner Co.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the South (boardwalk) entrance into the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) off Hwy. 365.  Bell Slough is a mix of ecosystems consisting of 2,040 acres of woodlands and wetlands situated between Little Rock and Mayflower/Falkner Co.  With extended spring flooding bringing in fresh nutrients to the moist soil units and recent work completed by AGFC with disking and planting a supplemental cover crop, the units will provide an attractive waterfowl feeding area for the fall and winter.

There are 117 species of birds documented for the WMA, including the waterfowl resting habitat.  Our target birds will be migrating ducks, Sora and American Bittern, wading birds such as egrets and herons, and also wintering passerines.  The Kenny Vernon Nature Trail winds through the wooded area and consists of three connecting trails, ranging in length from about a half-mile to 2 1/4 miles.  There is a nice mix wildflowers, which attracts numerous butterflies.  Wear study walking shoes.  Walking will be on unpaved, mostly level paths.  This will be a morning trip.

From Little Rock, go west on I-40.  Exit I-40 at Mayflower (Exit 135) and turn east (right) at the light onto Hwy. 89.  Then turn south (right) just past the commuter parking lot onto the service road.  Follow the service road paralleling I-40, then veer right at the fork.  Follow this road until you cross the Palarm Creek bridge.  Turn left into the WMA parking lot.

Field Trip – Sept 21 – Bona Dea Trails – Russellville

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135.  We will arrive at the Bona Dea Trails first parking lot around 8:15 a.m. for anyone who wants to meet us there.  Our target birds will be migrating fall warblers.  Bona Dea Trails is 186 acres of wetlands and woodlands in the Prairie Creek floodplain.  The trails are paved and level for easy walking.  Lunch is on your own.  There are picnic tables at Bona Dea, or several fast food restaurants are nearby.

From Little Rock, take I-40 west to Russellville.  Take Exit 81.  Turn left off the exit ramp, then left at the light to go south on Hwy 7.  Cross over the interstate, take a right at the second stoplight (Lakefront Drive).  The trail’s parking area will be on your left in less than a mile.