Field Trip: June 8 🗓

Our next field trip will be to Willow Beach park and Campground on June 8.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Willow Beach Campground near Scott, AR. The picnic/campground area is easy walking on level, paved and grassy areas bordering the Arkansas River. The park offers a mix of habitats, from large cottonwood trees full of Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireos, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, and Prothonotary Warblers. Multiple swallow species skim the grassy areas.  River species include gulls, terns, and cormorants. Egrets and herons lurk in the marshy areas. A nearby neighborhood is a gathering spot for Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Great-tailed Grackles. A recent birding trip to the park netted 48 species. This will be a morning trip.

From Little Rock, take I-440 east past the airport, then take U.S. Highway 165 east for 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Colonel Manard Road and continue for three miles. Turn right again onto Blue Heron Parkway and follow signs to Willow Beach.  GPS:  34.695944, -92.136181.