Field Trip: June 9, Camp Robinson Special Use Area

Mayflower, Faulkner County

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Mayflower commuter lot off I-40 West at Exit 135.  We will consolidate vehicles then continue to the Camp Robinson Special Use Area (SUA).  Owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it is 4,029-acres of primarily oak savannah and prairie as well as a 60-acre nursery pond. Frequent burning and mowing maintains habitat for breeding Bachman’s Sparrow, Painted Buntings, Chats, and Bell’s Vireo.  The area also regularly supports a variety of birds of state conservation interest. Ospreys, Orioles, and Bald Eagles nest around Lake Conway.  Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks, and Prothonotary Warblers nest at Nursery Pond. Camp Robinson SUA became an Important Bird Area (IBA) on April 22, 2003.  There will be very little walking, mostly driving and stopping.  Bring water and snacks.

Field Trip: May 12, Gillam Park and the Little Rock Audubon Center (LRAC)

Little Rock, Pulaski Co.

May 12th is World Migratory Bird Day. Celebrate the spring migration of birds moving from their wintering sites to their summer nesting grounds by joining our field trip. It will be a great day to be outside in nature! This bird walk doubles as a BirdLR Birdathon team, a new concept in fundraising on behalf of Audubon Arkansas (read more on page 1). ASCA has made a pledge based on the number of species seen. Anyone can donate to ASCA’s team by going to ar.audubon.org/.

Meet at 7:00 AM in Gillam Park at the last parking lot past the swimming pool. Gillam has great habitat for spring warblers and other migrants. 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 and Dam to look for 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 past the swimming pool.