Field Trips

 

Fall migration has begun! Atlanta Audubon field trips are a great way to learn more about our breeding residents and migrating 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 this season and we hope you can get out and learn more our resident and migrating 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 10/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for residents and fall migrants. 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: Chicopee Lake

Saturday 10/1 8:00AM

Chicopee Lake (Hall County)

2100 Calvary Church Rd.

Gainesville, GA 30507

 

This walk is co-sponsored by Elachee Nature Science Center

 

Leader: Peter Gordon (Education Director, Elachee Nature Science Center)

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.617.8826

 

Birding Focus: We expect to see a variety of ducks, wading and shorebirds, raptors, woodpeckers, and migrants. We will plan to bird by the lake for approximately an hour and then hike approximately 1.5 miles in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. This walk is open to birders of all abilities; families with children 8 and older are welcome. No dogs or strollers are allowed. Wear hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Elachee Nature Science Center will provide one scope and some binoculars. Participants are invited to bring additional scopes and binoculars. Restrooms will be available.

 

Directions and Parking: Take I-985 N to Exit 20 (GA-60, Queen City Pkwy.). Turn right on to GA-60/Candler Rd. and proceed to the first traffic light at Calvary Church Rd. Turn right on Calvary Church and follow for approximately 3 miles. The green-fenced parking lot and pavilion will be on the right. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.226653, -83.824594

 


Field Trip: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

Saturday 10/1 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: George Pierce Park

Saturday 10/1 9:00AM

George Pierce Park (Gwinnett County)

55 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024

 

Leader: Chris O'Neal

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.514.7057

 

Birding Focus: This park is one of the best places in Gwinnett County to bird at any time of year. We will look for migrants and permanent residents including herons, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. Facilities are available. The main park path we will take goes through the woods and features a boardwalk past a large wetlands pond. Bring water, snacks, binoculars, and comfortable walking shoes. Approximately 3 hours and 2.6 miles. All levels welcome.

 

Directions: From I-85, take Exit 111 to Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd./GA-317 N (if you are coming from Atlanta, turn left; from the north, turn right). After 2.3 mi., turn right on Buford Hwy./US-23 N. After 0.3 mi., turn right into George Pierce Park at a traffic light. Drive 1.1 mi., going past the Senior Center and all the sports fields. You will go over a total of 14 speed humps. Arrive at the final parking lot at the back of the park, where we will meet. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.06112, -84.04597.

 


Field Trip: Atlanta History Center

Sunday 10/2 8:00AM

Atlanta History Center

 

Leader: Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 404.538.3312

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for fall migrants and resident birds such as warblers, woodpeckers, raptors, flycatchers, sparrows, finches, and other passerines. The grounds of the Atlanta History Center (AHC) are an interesting mix of natural and created landscapes. There are six different designated garden areas. Recently, the gardens have been collectively named the Olga C. de Goizueta Gardens. Two of the individual areas, the Swan House Gardens and the Smith Family Farm Gardens, are designed to complement the historic interpretation of the buildings they surround. The Swan House is a 1920s Italianate mansion; as such the landscape around it consists predominately of formal elements such as a walled boxwood garden and a cascading fountain. The Smith House, on the other hand, is an antebellum farmhouse of the "Plantation Plain" style. Accordingly, the surrounding landscape consists of a small flower yard, vegetable gardens, and an area for field crops. It is a particularly good place to see Eastern Bluebirds.

 

This bird walk is recommended for beginner birders and families with children over 10. Please note that no dogs or strollers are allowed. The walk will cover 2-3 miles of mild hiking terrain. Hiking shoes, insect repellant, sunscreen, and water are recommended; bring binoculars.

 

Directions and Parking: Program your GPS or Google these coordinates for a map: 33°50'33.3"N 84°23'09.4"W.

 

From I-75 S, take Exit 255 (West Paces Ferry Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-75 N or downtown, take the West Paces Ferry Rd (Exit 255). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Northside Pkwy. At the next light, turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go approximately 2.7 miles. The AHC will be on your right.

 

From I-85 S, take Exit 88 (Cheshire Bridge/Lenox Rd.). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Lenox Rd. Go approximately 1.9 miles until Lenox intersects with Peachtree Rd. (landmark: Lenox Square Mall). Turn left onto Peachtree Rd. Go approximately 2 miles. At the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry Rds., turn right onto West Paces Ferry Rd. Go through two traffic lights. The AHC will be on your left.

 

Please park in the deck. We will meet at the entrance to McElreath Hall. This is the building housing the Cherokee Garden Library and the Kenan Research Center; it is located south of the parking deck.

 


Field Trip: Noonday Creek Trail (east section)

Sunday 10/2 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 lingering migrants and 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: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate North)

Wednesday 10/5 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for late migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, and warblers. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 4-5 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 10/8 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Tom Painting

Cell contact morning of walk: 585.465.0034

 

Birding Focus: Come discover migrating and resident birds in 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 10/12 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 resident and migrating birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 10/14 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 fall migrants 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: Serenbe Farms

Saturday 10/15 8:00AM

Serenbe Farms (Fulton County)

 

Leader: TBD

Cell contact morning of walk:

 

Birding Focus: We will follow the Waterfall Loop Trail through the community of Serenbe, a planned community focused on sustainable agriculture, the arts, and well-being located in south Fulton County. The Waterfall Loop Trail meanders through a mix of habitats, including pine and hardwood forests, open meadow, and shrub/scrub and includes a picturesque waterfall at the mid-point. Trails are mostly packed dirt and grass, but there are some uneven surfaces and potential mud depending on recent rain. Restrooms are available at the start/stop point. Total distance traveled for the full Waterfall Loop Trail is approximately 3 miles. Participants are requested to register in advance, but day-of registrations will be welcomed. A small registration fee is required, which is used for trail maintenance and includes a light snack prior to the walk. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to find parking and walk to the meeting location. Pre-register with Serenbe.

 

Directions and Parking: The walk will begin at the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakery at 9065 Selborne Lane, Palmetto, GA 30268. Meet inside the Blue Eyed Daisy. Free parking is available throughout the community in small lots and along the street. Please do not block private driveways. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.5252002,-84.737375.

 


Field Trip: Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Saturday 10/15 9:15AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

4055 Roswell Rd.

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

Leader: Adam Betuel and Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 407.492.1139 (Adam)

 

Birding Focus: Atlanta Audubon and Blue Heron Nature Preserve will be hosting a joint Open House on Saturday, October 15, from 9am-12pm. If you've stopped by the office this summer, you may have noticed artist Tim Hunter working on a conservation mural on the stone wall near the entrance. The mural features silhouettes of bird and plant species that are threatened in Georgia due to climate change and other threats. Blue Heron Nature Preserve will be officially "unveiling" the mural at 11am during the Open House. There will also be a children's nature craft, a photography exhibit, and an artists' market.

 

We will offer a guided bird walk from 9:15 until about 10:15am. This is an excellent field trip for beginning birders. Families are welcomed. Binoculars will be available on site to borrow.

 

Directions and Parking: Blue Heron Nature Preserve is located at 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta. Coming I-285 on the north side, take Exit 25 for Roswell Rd. Head south on Roswell Rd. for 3.5 miles and take a left at the second Blue Heron Nature Preserve park sign on the left located directly across from Pike Nursery. From GA-400, take Exit 2 for Lenox Rd. Head west for about ¼ mile, staying in the right lane. Take a right onto Piedmont Rd. and follow for about a ½ mile. Take a right onto Roswell Rd., heading north for about a mile, and turn right at the first Blue Heron Nature Preserve park sign directly across from Pike Nursery. Meet the leaders in the main parking lot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.865682, -84.380775.

 


Field Trip: Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary

Sunday 10/16 8:00AM

Friendship Forest Wildlife Sanctuary (DeKalb County)

E Ponce De Leon Ave

Clarkston, GA 30021

 

Leader: Adam Betuel

Cell Contact: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: This is the first bird walk for Atlanta Audubon's habitat restoration grant at this location. We will be looking for fall migrants primarily but can also expect the year round residents and some early arriving winter residents. Warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, and vireos are of particular interest. About half of the trail is asphalt while the rest is well packed, level dirt. There is a bit of a hill at the beginning of the walk. There will be no need for a scope. Dogs are permitted in the park but not encouraged for the walk. This walk is free of charge. The park offers a lot of promise as a bird watching and wild space but is a bit overgrown and need of some care.

 

Directions and Parking: Free parking is located just off of E Ponce De Leon. There is a sign for the park but it is easy to overlook. A small dirt lot is present near a gate at the trail head. The park is 1/2 mile N of the Clarkston central business district. Take Exit 3 off of US-78 (Stone Mountain Fwy.) and then turn south on Brocket Rd. Brocket will dead end at E. Ponce De Leon Ave. Turn right on E. Ponce De Leon Ave. The park will be on the right after 0.4 mi. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.815451, -84.235746.

 


Field Trip: Cochran Shoals, CRNRA (Interstate North)

Wednesday 10/19 8:00AM

Cochran Shoals CRNRA (Cobb County)

 

Leader: Hugh Garrett

Cell contact morning of walk: 770.355.8822

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking mainly for late migrant songbirds including, flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, and warblers. We will be on the main path early in the walk, so feel free to catch up with us there if you arrive after the start time. Duration of walk 4-5 hours, but you may leave early at any time. Restrooms are available. Wear comfortable, waterproof footwear for walking on wet grass if desired; some areas may be muddy if it has recently rained. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog.

 

Parking: Meet at the trailhead near the fee machine at back of South parking lot. There is a daily parking fee of $3 (or $25 annual pass). Bring cash for $3 fee. Alternatively, you can purchase the $25 annual pass with a credit card at the automated machine on site or online. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: N 33 54.105 W 84 26.634.

 

Directions: Going west on I-285, take Exit #22, turning right at the first light onto Interstate N Pkwy. Stay in the middle lane of this road and go straight through the next traffic light. After the road crosses the river, make an immediate right into the parking lot marked by "Cochran Shoals Unit." Going east on I-285, take Exit #22 and stay in the left lane of the exit ramp. Go to the second light, then turn left. Stay in the middle lane of this road as it crosses the bridge over I-285 and veer to the right to get into the middle lane as the road bends to the left and passes through a traffic light. At this point you are going west on Interstate N Pkwy. Continue with instructions above.

 


Field Trip: Constitution Lakes

Saturday 10/22 8:00AM

Constitution Lakes, (DeKalb County)

 

Co-sponsored by Friends of Constitution Lakes

 

Leaders: Joy Carter and Mary Kimberly

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404.822.0030 (Joy); 404.308.6279 (Mary)

 

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: Lost Corner Preserve

Saturday 10/22 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: Deepdene Park

Sunday 10/23 8:00AM

Deepdene Park, (DeKalb County)

​N Ponce De Leon Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30307

 

Leader: Adam Betuel

Cell Contact: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: This is the first bird walk for Atlanta Audubon's habitat restoration grant at this location. We will be looking for fall migrants primarily but can also expect the year round residents and some early arriving winter residents. Warblers, thrushes, woodpeckers, wrens, and possibly sparrows are of particular interest. The trail is a mix of well maintained dirt path and paved sections. The terrain in general is smooth and provides easy walking though there are some minor elevation changes. Athletic shoes are fine for this walk. There will be no need for a scope. This is great walk for beginning birders, families, and people interested in exploring our urban bird pocket parks. The walk should last 1.5-2 hours. Time permitting we may walk down Ponce visiting other parks within the Olmsted Linear Park system. There are no restrooms at the park. Dogs are not encouraged but can be brought.

 

Directions and Parking: From the intersection of Clairmont Rd. and Scott Blvd. in DeKalb County, travel SW on Scott Blvd. for 1 mi. (after about 0.9 mi., the name changes to Ponce De Leon Ave NE). Turn right onto N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Free parking can be found along N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. We will be meeting at the east end of the park in the mowed area near the intersection of Ponce De Leon Ave NE & N. Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.773143, -84.318320.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 11/5 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for residents and fall migrants. 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 11/9 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 resident and wintering birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 11/11 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Lieren Forbes, Interpretive Ranger, Panola Mountain State Park

Phone contact day of walk: 770.389.7801 (park office)

 

Birding Focus: The Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop, Panola Mountain State Park's newest trail, is a 1.25-mile trail completed thanks to a generous grant from REI. We will look for woodland and grassland residents and migrants. Meadowlarks have been spotted along this trail, an uncommon find in DeKalb County. This easy, unpaved trail offers unbeatable views of the Vaughters' barn, rolling hills, and grassy meadows. 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 : From I-20, take Exit 74, Evans Mill Rd. At the end of the exit ramp, head south on Evans Mill, which will become Woodrow Rd. after you go through a traffic light. Woodrow Rd. will dead-end into Klondike Rd. Turn right onto Klondike and travel less than 1/2 mile to the parking lot on your left, across from the Vaughters' historic barn. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead at 3366 Klondike Rd., Lithonia, GA. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6841894,-84.114098.

 

Bring $5 cash to cover the parking fee, which will be collected by a Panola Mountain State Park representative. 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 full details go to: Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 11/12 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 12/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for residents and fall migrants. 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: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 12/3 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: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 12/9 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 fall migrants 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 12/14 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 resident and wintering birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 1/7 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for residents and fall migrants. 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: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday 1/7 9:30AM

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (Madison County, Alabama)

 

Leader: Bob Orenstein

Cell contact, day of walk: 770.329.0116

 

Birding Focus: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (located near Huntsville, AL) is the winter home of a small flock of Whooping Cranes, plus larger numbers of Sandhill Cranes and many species of waterfowl. These may be observed from the comfort of a heated observation building, as well as in the surrounding area.

 

The Whooping Cranes that winter at Wheeler NWR are part of a reintroduced population of about 100 birds that have been bred in captivity and released into the wild. These cranes spend their summers in Wisconsin, and winter in various southeastern US. Individual cranes can be identified by colored leg bands, which are listed here:

Bring Back the Cranes.

 

We will meet at the observation building at 9:30 am. Lunch will be at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant, 27028 Old Highway 20, Madison, AL 35756 at about 12 pm (subject to space availability). Other birding locations will be planned for the afternoon, depending on recent sightings and weather conditions.

 

NOTE: This trip offers flexible options, and you are not obligated to participate in the entire itinerary. Please contact Bob Orenstein by email (robert.orenstein@ge.com) if you have questions.

 

Directions and Parking: If approaching from the west from the intersection of US-31 and AL-67 in southern Decatur, travel east 1.9 mi. to the entrance of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on the right. If approaching from the east and I-65, from the intersection of AL-67 and I-65, take AL-67 and travel 2.8 miles west to the Visitor Center on the left. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is about 3½ hours from Atlanta via I-20 & I-65. Refuge entrance and parking is free. Google these coordinates or program your GPS: N 34.5480, W 86.9505.

 

Additional Information:

 

For more information on the Whooping Crane recovery project, see these websites:

Endangered whooping cranes are back in Alabama; 'Craniacs' rejoice

Operation Migration

Bring Back the Cranes

 

The 14th North American Crane Workshop will be held in Chattanooga, TN on January 11-15, 2017. For information and registration, see:

North American Crane Workshop.

 

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 1/11 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 resident and wintering birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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

 


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 residents and fall migrants. 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 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 resident and wintering birds such as warblers, flycatchers, 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