Field Trips

 

Winter has arrived in Georgia and Atlanta Audubon field trips are a great way to learn more about our permanent residents and wintering birds. They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds. We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the winter and we hope you can get out and learn more our resident and wintering birds from Atlanta Audubon's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

Atlanta Audubon Society's field trips are free and open to the public. Beginning birders are welcome on our trips because this is a great way to learn about birds and to meet other people that share your love of birds and the outdoors! Some sites, such as state and national parks, require entry/parking fees. If registration is required, this need will be specified in the details. You can find details and driving directions by clicking on the calendar entry below or by scrolling down below the calendar to the description.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check this site the night before for updates.

 

LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up for a trip or attending a field trip sponsored by Atlanta Audubon, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

 

If you would like to lead a field trip, contribute ideas for places to go, or give feedback about leaders, trips, or the field trip directions, please email Mary Kimberly, Field Trip Director.

 

 

We have adopted the American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics. We encourage our members to follow these guidelines on our field trips and elsewhere. Please see our Birding Ethics page to familiarize yourself with the code and to find a link to the ABA's Code of Ethics page.

 

See trip details below the calendar or click on the event.

 

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 2/4 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (east section)

Sunday 2/5 8:00AM

Noonday Creek Trail (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Angelia Jenkins

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.570.4891

 

Birding Focus: We will work along the 'sparrow field' in hopes of finding sparrows and other grass/weed-loving birds. Next it's on to the large, grassy 'water control bowl' and its dense riparian corridor for more sparrows, wrens, and other birds. Once the sun has warmed up the shadowy, brushy corridors and fields just north of the parking lot, we'll finish here in hopes of encountering some flocks of resident birds. Conditions are mostly level walking on a paved trail. Waterproof shoes/boots will help in high grass and weeds but are not a necessity. Any level of skill is welcome. Participants may leave at any time during the walk.

 

Directions and Parking (34.023854, -84.548456): From I-75 take Exit 269. Drive east on Barrett Pkwy. for about 1 mile. Turn left on Bells Ferry Rd. The parking lot for the meeting spot is on the left, just after where Bell's Ferry Rd. crosses Noonday Creek. Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 34.023854, -84.548456.

Note that this location is NOT Noonday Creek Park!

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 2/8 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain

Friday 2/10 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes

Cell contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 2/11 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: Come discover the birds of Fernbank Forest. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program. Restrooms are available in the museum lobby. Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming.

 

Cost: This program is free for Fernbank Museum members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. The group will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.77540, -84.32936 . The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum lobby, located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. From I-285, take Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) west, toward Decatur. It becomes Scott Blvd. and then merges with Ponce de Leon Ave. Turn right at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right.

 


Field Trip: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Saturday 2/18 8:00AM

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored by Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC)

 

Leaders: Jason Ward

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We will look for winter residents of the river and forest including sparrows, woodpeckers, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and waders. We will walk the paved trail leading down to the river and then continue onto the boardwalk by the Chattahoochee River. The boardwalk can be slick if it has recently rained. Dogs are not permitted. Restrooms are available in the Discovery Center.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

34.002356, -84.382846. From GA-400 north, exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Pl. Follow Dunwoody Pl. until it intersects with Roswell Rd. (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Rd. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Dr. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Rd. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located one-half mile on the right. CNC is offering free admission to those attending the walk, and parking is free. The group will meet on the porch of the scheduling office. The scheduling office is the small building to the left of the Discovery Center and to the Right of the large Gymnasium. Click here for a map of the CNC.

 


Field Trip: Constitution Lakes

Saturday 2/25 8:00AM

Constitution Lakes, (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Constitution Lakes

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Sheila Stevens

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy); 770.630.7857 (Sheila)

 

Birding Focus: We'll look for resident and wintering birds. The site consists of open water, wetlands, and woodlands. Herons and egrets are often seen here. The site is also very good for woodpeckers. The trail is either paved or dirt and mostly gentle terrain. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended if it has recently rained. Insect repellent is recommended. There are no restrooms so be sure to prepare ahead of time.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for map or program your GPS: 33.68306, -84.34740. From I-20 take Exit 60 and go south on Moreland Ave. Drive 4.3 miles to intersection with S. River Industrial Blvd. SE and take a left turn. Take a slight right into the park, marked by a DeKalb County parks sign. The parking lot will be all the way at the end of this road. Meet in the gravel parking loop at the end of this driveway. Do not bring any valuables that you do not plan to carry with you.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 3/4 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook

Saturday 3/4 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This fall walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and resident species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot. Meet in the parking lot for the park. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.97004, -84.37996

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 3/8 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Atlanta Science Festival walk in Fernbank Forest

Saturday 3/18 8:30AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

This walk is held in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival

 

Leaders: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufmann

Cell contacts morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod); 404.483.7457 (Gus)

 

Birding Focus: This program is offered in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival. Come discover more about winter visitors and resident birds of Fernbank Forest. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program. Restrooms are available in the museum lobby. Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming.

 

Cost: This program is free for Fernbank Museum members and Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. The group will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.77540, -84.32936 . The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum lobby, located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. From I-285, take Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) west, toward Decatur. It becomes Scott Blvd. and then merges with Ponce de Leon Ave. Turn right at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right.

 

 


Field Trip: Lost Corner Preserve

Saturday 3/25 8:30AM

Lost Corner Preserve (Fulton County)

7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW

Sandy Springs, GA

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact, morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Lost Corner Preserve. This walk will focus on learning the 10 most common birds in Atlanta. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. Restrooms are available. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. You may also register by calling 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From GA-400, take Exit 5B and go west on Abernethy Rd. for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Brandon Mill Rd. NW and go 1.4 miles. The entrance will be on your left and is at 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. NW. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.9540715,-84.386592.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 4/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Saturday 4/1 8:00AM

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored by Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC)

 

Leader: Iris Schumacher

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.724.3153

 

Birding Focus: We will look for spring migrants and permanent resident birds of the river and forest including warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, raptors, waterfowl, and waders. We will walk the paved trail leading down to the river and then continue onto the boardwalk by the Chattahoochee River. The boardwalk can be slick if it has recently rained. Dogs are not permitted. Restrooms are available in the Discovery Center.

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

34.002356, -84.382846. From GA-400 north, exit on Northridge (exit #6) and bear to the right, back over the expressway. Immediately after crossing over 400, turn right onto Dunwoody Pl. Follow Dunwoody Pl. until it intersects with Roswell Rd. (1.2 miles). Turn right onto Roswell Rd. At the first traffic light after crossing the Chattahoochee River, turn left onto Azalea Dr. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Willeo Rd. The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located one-half mile on the right. CNC is offering free admission to those attending the walk, and parking is free. The group will meet on the porch of the scheduling office. The scheduling office is the small building to the left of the Discovery Center and to the Right of the large Gymnasium. Click here for a map of the CNC.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 4/12 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook

Saturday 4/22 8:30AM

Morgan Falls Overlook Park (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with the City of Sandy Springs

 

Leader: Roseanne Guerra

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a family-friendly guided bird walk along the trail at Overlook Park. This fall walk will offer opportunities to see migrants and resident species. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Ages 6+ are welcome. This walk is free, but preregistration is required. To register, go to the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department website. Or call 770.730.5600.

 

Directions and parking: From Roswell Rd. (GA Highway 9), go west on Morgan Falls Rd. for 1.2 miles to the parking lot. Meet in the parking lot for the park. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. Parking lot entrance: 33.97004, -84.37996

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 5/10 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for wintering and permanent resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.