Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January 19, 2013, Audubon field trip at Rocky Branch plus Birding presentation by Joe Neal at Hobbes State Park

On Saturday January 19, 2013, meet members and friends of Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society for a field trip to Rocky Branch on Beaver Lake.  Meet at 9 AM at the Rocky Branch marina parking area. Species typical of the lake in winter include include Pied-billed and Horned Grebes, Bonaparte’s and Ring-billed Gulls, Common Goldeneyes, Bald Eagle, possible Common Loon. Depending on the weather, we can also bird the cedar glade and upland shortleaf pine areas for woodland birds (like Pine Warbler).

This will also be Wonders of Winter Wildlife Weekend at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Come to a presentation by Joe Neal about local winter birds starting at 2 PM at Hobbs visitor’s center. Snacks will be available.

If you remain for both events, you can purchase sandwiches at Finnegan's Store on Highway 12. Also, check the schedule for the cafe at picturesque and often birdy War Eagle Mill, just south on Highway 303. 

All NWAAS field trips are free and open to the public. We always welcome new members, but membership in NWAAS is not a requirement for participation. We try to make our field trips accessible to everyone, all ages & all abilities. Beginning birders are always welcome. We have field trips on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate different schedules. We try to arrange carpools where possible.

For maps and more information about these places, check the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society web sitehttp://www.nwarkaudubon.org/index.html and the section “Places to bird in northwest Arkansas” (on the left side of the home page).

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