Field Trips

 

Things are warming up in Georgia and spring migration will soon be upon us. Atlanta Audubon Society's 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 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.

 

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: New Echota Historic Site

Saturday 5/28 9:00AM

New Echota Historic Site (Gordon County)

1211 Chatsworth Highway NE

Calhoun, GA 30701

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and AmeriCorps

 

Leader: Jeremy Thomas, AmeriCorps Volunteer Ranger

Phone contact morning of walk: 706.624.1321

 

Birding Focus: Join us for a morning hike and an introduction to birding at the New Echota Historic Site. We will look for breeding residents. Habitats include fields, wooded edges, and a pond. Bring you own binoculars and field guides. Walking trails are mostly grass and relatively flat; we expect to walk about a 1-mile loop. Restrooms are available at the Visitor Center. The field trip is free, but the state historic sites will charge an admission fee: adults $7.00, Seniors $6.50, youth $5.50. Visit the park website to find out about other events happening on this day. the entrance fee includes entrance to site museum, film, and historic buildings and grounds tour

 

Directions and Parking (34.5409953,-84.9168391): From I-75 take Exit 317 and go north on GA-225 for 0.7 mi. The site will be on your right. We will meet at the Visitor Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 34.5409953,-84.9168391.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 6/4 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer breeding 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 6/8 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 breeding 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

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Saturday 6/11 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leaders: Gus Kaufman and Joy Carter

Cell contacts day of walk: 404.483.7457 (Gus); 404.822.0030 (Joy)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for resident summer 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 6/18 8:00AM

Serenbe Farms (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Rob McDonough

Cell contact morning of walk: 404-754-8159

 

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: Emma Wetlands

Friday 6/24 9:30AM

Blue Heron Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

3994 Emma Ln NE

Atlanta, GA 30342

 

This walk is co-sponsored by Trees Atlanta

 

Leader: Adam Betuel

Cell contact morning of walk: 407.492.1139

 

Birding Focus: We will look for summer breeding birds, including sparrows, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. We will cover approximately 1 mile; the walk will last 1.5 hours. The trail is primarily covered with wood chips with some areas of bare ground which could be muddy if it has recently rained. Bring binoculars if you have them; we will have a few pair on hand to borrow. This walk is good for families and beginning birders. Please don't bring your dog. There are no restrooms at Emma Wetlands.

 

Directions and Parking: From Roswell Rd. (US-19), turn east onto Chastain Preserve Ln./Lakemoore Dr. NE. After 0.6 mile, turn right onto Emma Ln. NE. The road dead ends at the entrance of the park. Park on the road at the turnaround present at the end of the road. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.863821, -84.375775.

 


Field Trip: Frazier-Rowe Park

Wednesday 6/29 8:30AM

Fraizer-Rowe Park (DeKalb County)

2886 LaVista Road

Atlanta, GA

 

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Frazier-Rowe Park

 

Leader: Mary Kimberly

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.308.6279

 

Birding Focus: This event is geared for senior citizens. There will be minimal walking on a mostly flat, mulched trail. We will also be sitting and listening. We will be watching and listening for summer resident woodland birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few pairs will be available to borrow. We will be mostly in the shade. There are no restrooms at this site.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-85, take Exit 91 and go south on Clairmont Rd. for 1.6 mi. and turn left onto LaVista Rd. Go 0.9 mi. The park will be on your left, on the east side of the parking lot at Vista Grove Shopping Center. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.824903, -84.289595.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 7/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer breeding 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 7/6 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 breeding 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

 


Field Trip: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 7/8 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 winter residents and early 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: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Saturday 7/9 9:00AM

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center (Fulton County)

 

Co-sponsored with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

 

Leaders: Roseanne Guerra and Mary Alston

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.358.4916 (Roseanne)

 

Birding Focus: We will look for summer breeding birds. Autrey Mill has over 2 miles of nature trails that feature a walk through a hardwood forest to a pine forest. The trails wander past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, many spring seeps, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, and a variety of animal life. The 46-acre preserve is home to over 28 species of native trees, 58 species of native plants and over 110 native wildlife species. The forest covers the majority of the preserve, but there is also riparian habitat alongside Sal's Creek, and an emerging wetland area. Sal's Creek runs along the western border of Autrey Mill and empties into the Chattahoochee River.

 

Directions and Parking: From GA-400, take Exit 7 (GA-140, Holcomb Bridge Rd). Go east on Holcomb Bridge Rd. for 0.6 mi. Turn left on Old Alabama Rd. Go 2.5 mi. and turn left, staying on Old Alabama Rd. Go another 3 mi. and turn left on Autrey Mill Rd. Drive 0.5 mile to the Visitor's Center. Meet at the Visitor's Center Parking lot. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS. 34.015429, -84.230272

 


Field Trip: Atlanta History Center

Sunday 7/10 8:00AM

Atlanta History Center

 

Leader: Shannon Fair

Cell contact, morning of walk: 404.538.3312

 

Birding Focus: We will be looking for summer breeding birds such as 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 8/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer breeding 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 8/10 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 resident breeding 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

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 8/12 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 spring migrants and residents 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: Piedmont Park

Saturday 9/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for summer breeding 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: Vaughters' Farm

Friday 9/9 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 winter residents and early 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: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 9/14 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 breeding 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