Field Trip – Bell Slough South AGFC Wildlife Management Area – April 20 🗓 🗺

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the main entrance to the Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area (WMA) off Hwy. 365.  Our target birds will be spring migrants.  

Bell Slough is a mix of ecosystems consisting of 2,040 acres of woodlands and wetlands situated between Little Rock and the Mayflower/Conway region.  There are 117 species of birds documented for the area, including the adjacent waterfowl resting habitat.  

The Bell Slough Kenny Vernon Nature Trail consists of three connecting trails, each ranging in length from about a half-mile to 2 1/4 miles.  The WMA has a nice mix of wildflowers that attract numerous butterflies.  Wear study walking shoes.  This will be a morning trip. 

Directions: 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. GPS: 34.946164, -92.407896

Field Trip – March 16 – Pine Bluff and Jefferson Co. 🗓

Join us to visit Delta Rivers Nature Center, Boyd Point Wastewater Facility, Lake Saracen, and Wilbur West Road in and around Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co.

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Dixon Rd. commuter lot, Exit 3 off I-530 South.  We’ll arrive at the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff around 8:00 a.m.  We’ll bird the parking lot until the Center opens at 8:30 a.m.  The area has diverse habitats such as cypress and tupelo swamps, open water, and wetlands.  Lingering sparrows, winter finches, wrens, egrets, and herons will be our main targets.  Walking is on paved trails and boardwalks.  

    Next stop is the Boyd Point Wastewater Facility to look for ducks and gulls.  If time permits, we’ll also check Lake Saracen and Wilber West Road.  Bring water, snacks, and lunch. The trip may last into the afternoon.  Participants are welcome to leave at any time.


Directions to Delta Rivers Nature Center:
    From the Dixon Rd. commuter lot, take I-530 south to Pine Bluff for 35 miles until I-530 becomes Hwy. 65B (Exit 35).  Go 6 miles, continuing past Lake Saracen (Lake Pine Bluff).  Turn left onto Regional Park Drive.  (Convention Center Dr.).  Continue on Regional Park Drive approximately 1.2 miles.  Turn right onto 1400 Black Dog Road.  Follow signs to the Nature Center.  GPS:  34.239187, -91.990982.  Website is www.deltarivers.com