Field Trip – April 27, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, West Little Rock

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the parking lot of the Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail.  The trail is a ¾ mile loop, so late arrivals can easily catch up to the group.  Spring migrants will be our goal.  Afterwards we’ll have our choice of the main trail to the scenic overlook at the Visitor Center or the Kingfisher Trail.  The Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail and Kingfisher Trail are paved with slight inclines.  Bring water and light snacks.  This is a half day trip.

Directions to Arkansas (Arboretum) Trail:  Take Hwy. 10 or Chenal Parkway west to the Hwy. 300/Hwy. 10 intersection.  Turn north on Hwy. 300.  Go approximately three miles, turn right onto Pinnacle Valley Road.  Follow it until you see the Arkansas Arboretum sign and parking lot on your right.

Field Trip – March 30, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

Bald Knob, White Co.

Meet at 7:30 a.m. in North Little Rock on the east side of the Other Center parking lot near McDonald’s.  The Other Center is located across from McCain Mall, on McCain Blvd.  Take Exit 1 West, off Hwy. 67/167.  We’ll arrive at the Bald Knob NWR around 8:45 a.m. for those who want to meet us there.  Look for the line of cars parked on Coal Chute Road.  The refuge is also a National Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA).  Target birds will be lingering ducks and early-arriving shorebirds, herons, egrets, and night-herons.  Very little walking will be involved.  If you own a scope, bring it.  Bring water, snacks or lunch.  There is no bathroom on-site.  There is a McDonald’s just off Hwy. 67/167 at the Bald Knob Exit 55.  Go to www.fws.gov/baldknob/ for driving directions and more information about the refuge.  GPS Coordinates:  35.260233, -91.571903