Field Trip July 13, 2013 Arkansas Post National Memorial

Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Dixon Rd. commuter lot, Exit 3 off I-530 South.  We’ll arrive around 8:45 a.m. at the NPS Visitor Center for those who want to meet us there.  Bring water and lunch.  Target birds are Purple and Common Gallinules (and their babies), Least Bittern, Bald Eagle, and summer songbirds.  Alligators are also possible!  Located at the northern edge of the Gulf coastal plain, Arkansas Post’s native growth ranges from prairie grasses and lowland hardwood forests to wetland marshes near the bayous and river.  John James Audubon described, painted, and named the Traill’s Flycatcher while at Arkansas Post in the spring of 1822.  For a checklist of the park’s birds, go to


Meeting Place 6:30 AM

Field Trip to Magazine Mountain State Park

Join members of ASCA and Park Interpreter Don Simons for a “Bird and Butterfly Ramble” on top of Mt. Magazine to enjoy birds, butterflies, and wildflowers.  Rufuous-crowned Sparrows, warblers, buntings, tanagers, swallowtails, fritillaries, and others are likely to be found.  Arkansas’s premier butterfly expert and author Lori Spencer is assisting the group late in the morning.

Those in the Little Rock area, meet at 7:00 a.m. at the west Little Rock Wal Mart parking lot (northwest corner) on Hwy. 10.  We’ll caravan Hwy. 10 to Havana, then take Hwy. 309 up the mountain.  We should arrive at the Visitor Center around 9:00 a.m. for anyone who would like to meet us there.  We’ll walk some unpaved trails, so wear sturdy shoes.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch, or eat in the Lodge restaurant.  We’ll get back to Little Rock mid-afternoon.  Go to for more information about the park.