Friday, April 23, 2010

Birders find oppotunity knocking over coming weekends

We have a BUSY spring birding schedule! So many birds to see, so little time!

The Centerton hatchery (=s shorebirds) trip is on Sunday April 25 (meet everyone at 9 AM at the hatchery). Then there is birder's weekend at Devil's Den State Park, with a field trip on Saturday May 1 (meet at the 170 bridge in the park at 9 AM) -- mostly birds of Boston Mountain forests. The following day, Sunday May 2, is LAKE FAYETTEVILLE with David Chapman -- often a big migration opportunity. Meet at 7 AM in the parking lot on the north end of the dam (near the bait shop). Here some details from trip leader, David Chapman:

Here are some further details on the NWAAS field trip to Lake Fayetteville on Sunday May 2nd. We will meet in the car park at by the dam (adjacent the bait shop) and briefly bird the dam area. We will then caravan to the environmental study center on the lake’s northshore. For latecomers who miss the carvan, turn onto Lakeview road (just north of the La Huerta Mexican restaurant) and proceed in an easterly direction about 1.5 miles. It will be necessary to park by the roadside where the road makes a sharp turn north to Springdale. The environmental study center is down a short gravel track. We will first bird the fishing pier and surrounding woodland (excellent for waterbirds and spring migrants) and then take the path eastward through the bottomlands and creeks and view these areas from the new iron bridge. The first part of this walk may be muddy if there has been recent rain. We will follow the new hard top trail around a circuit that will eventually bring us back
to the environmental center. We will walk a short section of the historic Old Butterfield Stage coach which the city has recently opened up to the public. We will pass through old fields and see the results of a recent burn conducted as part of a recent prairie restoration project. The scenery throughout this walk is exceptional and takes us through many habitats from mature woodland, scrub, old fields, and prairie, both wetland and dry habitats. Distance is about 1.5 miles and should take an hour or so depending upon how successful our birding! Anyone with walking impairs is completely welcome to move at a workable pace and go only as far as desired. 

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